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This course can be studied as part of the business pathway.

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

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.

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

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 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.

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). 


Entry Requirements

Six GCSEs grades A* to C (or equivalent), including English Language and maths. A minimum of a D grade (or equivalent) at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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 contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.