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Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

New and returning learners:

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Accounting skills are useful in a number of jobs and careers. This course provides an ideal background for someone planning a career in accountancy.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of accounting, accounting systems of different types of business activities and the effects of the economic, legal and technological change on accounting. You will learn how to produce and interpret some financial documents.

You could progress into an accounting apprenticeship or on to work as a book keeper within a business. You could also consider further study with an accounting or business-related foundation degree or degree course.


What I'll learn

You will study the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to financial accounting
  • Unit 2: Financial and management accounting
  • Unit 3: Further aspects of financial accounting
  • Unit 4: Further aspects of management accounting



How I'll learn

You will study in a collaborative and supportive classroom.  

There are many enrichment opportunities on offer, including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.

We have established links with Kaplan Financial Services in Reading. There is a programme of activities provided by Kaplan which includes visiting speakers from Kaplan, a business challenge careers evening, and the opportunity to apply for the Kaplan Scholarship. There are also visits and competitions provided by the Chartered Institute for Management Accountants (CIMA). 


How I'll be assessed

You will learn in groups and there will be ongoing timed assessments.

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial. They will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A Level students progress successfully to higher education.


Entry Requirements

Six GCSEs at grades 4–9 (A*–C) or equivalent, including English Language and maths.

A minimum of a 4 (C) grade, or equivalent, at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.