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Accounting A-Level

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Whether you want to work for big business, be the next Richard Branson or be in charge of your own business, knowledge of financial management is essential. This A Level Accounting course equips you with the knowledge and skills to be able to assess the performance of all types of business organisations.

You will complete the AS Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A Level.

The course will enable you to effectively analyse and evaluate financial data so that you can make judgements, decisions and recommendations about how businesses can manage their financial affairs. The programme examines two main aspects of accountancy:  Financial accounting and management accounting.

Financial accounting is a system for organising assets, liabilities, expenses and income.  This information is used to create a record of performance (Statement of Profit or Loss) and a record of the current state of assets, liabilities and capital (Statement of financial position). There is an emphasis on accurate ethical presentation of this financial data to interested parties such as shareholders. 

Management accounting is concerned with planning, control, decision making and analysis within organisations.  This involves understanding cost behaviour within organisations in order to build budgets, set targets, monitor variances and align the business with overall strategy.

The underlying theme of accounting revolves around accuracy, diligence and application of principle.  As a subject it is more arithmetical than mathematical although an ability to understand systems and rules is important.

This A level programme will provide you with many skills and you will need a desire to learn more about :

- Organisation and assessment of data
- Investigation and analysis
- Effective communication
- Team working to achieve results
- Working on your own initiative
- Methodical and critical thinking

These skills will demonstrate to employers, universities and business colleagues that you possess the ability to commit, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills, which is essential in practically every walk of life.

All of the above will be taught by fully qualified chartered accountants who have specialised in this highly demanding discipline and now teach in our business school. 

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Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

If you are focused on further study or a career in accounting, banking or business, this course is a great choice.  But even if you plan on pursuing a career as a professional musician or a self-employed entrepreneur, it’s vital you understand accounting.  That way you’ll be able to control your own finances and understand the implications of business propositions.

A-level accountancy provides a good understanding of what governs business, how business results are reported and how business is controlled.  Employment within accountancy could be at various levels from junior bookkeeper up to financial director and in this respect can provide a good career path.  If university is the main medium term goal then A-level accounting would be useful as a business related subject.  If employment is the medium term goal then AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) might also be considered.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are:

5 GCSEs at 5 or above (A*-C) which must include English Language.

GCSE Maths at Grade 6 (or B).

Accountancy is a rigorous subject that requires an interest in numbers and accurate presentation and a willingness to practice in order to master principles.

If you would like to study this course part-time, please contact the A-Level tutors:
Sinead Kay: sinead.kay@kendal.ac.uk
Lesley Postlethwaite: lesley.postlethwaite@kendal.ac.uk

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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