A Level – Accounting


Accounting is an excellent choice of subject for people who wish to pursue a career in finance, whether it be directly in accounting, banking or business. Even the best business ideas get nowhere without sound financial management and, whether you want to work for big business, be the next Richard Branson or have your own small business, a knowledge of financial management is vital.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Accounting is an excellent choice of subject for people who wish to pursue a career in finance, whether it be directly in accounting, banking or business. Even the best business ideas get nowhere without sound financial management and, whether you want to work for big business, be the next Richard Branson or have your own small business, a knowledge of financial management is vital.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    At Wyke we use the AQA A Level specification. This consists of 2 A Level units. These will be examined at the end of the second year of the course and each examination will be worth 50% of the final grade.

     

    Course Details

    The course will focus on both financial and management accounting and will therefore offer a relevant pathway into both Chartered and Certified Accounting.

    The course has been developed in conjunction with both CIMA and ICAEW and therefore links with accounting qualifications post college including;

    • The role of the accountant in an organisation
    • Double entry
    • Verification of accounting records
    • Understanding and application of accounting concepts
    • Preparation of final accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies
    • Investment appraisal
    • Standard costing– comparison and evaluation of budgeted and actual figures
    • Marginal Costing
    • Accounting for organisations with incomplete records
    • Budgeting
    • The impact of ethical considerations

    Although the course is largely numerical, there will be a requirement to explain the reasoning and possible impacts on an organisation behind the calculations.

     

    How is the course delivered?

    The A Level course is delivered over 2 academic years. Students will receive 4 hours 40 minutes of lessons per week, although they are also expected to complete work independently outside of lessons. Each group is taught by one teacher and the focus within lessons will be very much upon applying the concepts taught within the classroom to accounting based problems. This will be backed up by thorough and regular classroom based assessment.

    Departmental Enrichment

    The department aims to support students in arranging relevant work experience, either with national or local firms. Students will be supported in their application for accountancy training programmes and applications to university.

    Guest speakers will visit the college to offer advice to student on the available pathways into the profession.

     

    Department of Business, Accounts and Economics at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The department team consists of:

    • Joanna Morgan – Head of Accounting, Business and Economics, teacher of BTEC Business and A Level Economics
    • Nicola Baker – Teacher of A Level Accounting
    • Elizabeth Blakey – Teacher of A Level and BTEC Business
    • Gill Blyth – Teacher of A Level Accounting, A Level and BTEC Business
    • Kate Clark – Head of BTEC Business, teacher of BTEC Business, PE and Sport
    • Lorna Everson – Teacher of BTEC Business
    • Martin Schofield  Teacher of A Level Accounting, A Level and BTEC Business
    • Dana Walden – Teacher of A Level and BTEC Business, teacher of A Level Economics
    • Sally White – Head of Faculty

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    Keep a keen eye on the financial world around you- watch the movements of the stock market and think about any shares you might like to invest in and the reasons why.

    Watch the news! Identify key events that may be happening around the world which may have a positive or negative impact upon the performance of a business.

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    What does this course lead to?

    Many students who take accounting go onto university and become qualified accountants, working for accounting practices or within an organisation. Other students may choose to enter the accountancy profession through the ‘apprenticeship’ route.

    Your financial acumen can support a wide number of other careers. For example, you could work in local government, general management, retail, banking etc. Even the Chief Executive of Manchester United F.C is a qualified accountant. With accounting skills you could end up working in just about any area you choose.

    Student Success

    With excellent examination grades and outcomes, the department has helped many students begin a career in accountancy, whether it be through the university or apprenticeship route.

    Recently the following students have progressed to advanced apprenticeships and to study Accountancy at university.

    • Henry Richardson (former Winifred Holtby student), EY Accounting Apprenticeship
    • David Lambert (former Wolfreton student), KPMG Accounting Apprenticeship
    • Courtney–Jayne Adams (former Newland School for Girls student), Lancaster University studying Accountancy
    • Amy Sampson (former Beverley Longcroft student), EY Accounting Apprenticeship

     

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