Subject Intent: Why Accounting?

Accounting offers the opportunity for students to be able to apply their analytical and problem solving skills to quantitative and qualitative data. Students are able to develop their numeracy skills in great detail and the course enables students to apply formula and functions to real world business performance.  Whilst studying Accounting students also have the opportunity to partake in numerous extra-curricular activities including the ICAEW Base Accounting competition and student investor.  Accounting overall helps students to be critical thinkers, often questioning and interpreting data from multiple angles whilst also developing strong communication skills to help others make informed decisions.  The skills acquired throughout the course are transferable and prepare students for Higher Education or employment in a wide range of industries.

What will I study?
The course covers a wide range of accounting concepts and theory relating to both financial accounting for external parties, and management accounting to help business managers in their internal decision-making processes. The course covers the basic principles of accounting right through to advanced considerations such as Ethics in Accounting. Topics include:

  • The role of the accountant in business
  • The key elements of the foundation of accounting – double-entry book-keeping
  • The preparation, analysis and evaluation of financial statements, including how to use ratio analysis to compare the performance of businesses and wider considerations
  • Accounting for sole traders and partnerships

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here