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What is Accounting?

Businesses across the UK are crying out for people who can understand the numbers. So, if you’ve got a head for figures, Accounting could be for you. This course involves looking at how organisations are financed and managed. You will learn how to produce accounting statements from scratch, from the initial invoice or receipt, all the way to calculation of profit and the value of the business. You will understand what the information means to the business, make judgements and give advice in order to improve their financial performance.

What Will You Study?

Academic learning and professional know-how will equip you with a range of transferable skills. You will develop the foundations of double-entry book-keeping, through to the production of final accounts for a sole trader. Once you have developed a confidence with these key concepts, we then develop your knowledge and skills by looking at the accounts of Limited Companies, ratio analysis and cash flow forecasting.

What Next?

Accounting is one of the only courses you can study that has a direct route into employment. Some students have gone on to secure apprenticeships in local accountancy practices, whilst others are recruited by international firms offering a “School Leavers” programme leading to professional qualifications. Of course, you may want to go through the university route and this can provide you with some outstanding opportunities, as several of the global accounting practices (such as KPMG and Ernst & Young) now offer their own degree programme, in association with prestigious universities.

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Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Course Type

A Level

Interesting Fact:

Around 15% of our students go straight into accounting modern apprenticeships.

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Business Studies, Economics, Maths and Statistics.

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