• Course Information

    A 'number' of reasons why this course could be for you - A Level Accounting is a two year course which successfully supports students in starting to build their careers in Accounting, Finance and Business. A number of our previous students have moved on to world-class study. You will learn how to prepare and analyse key financial statements, and how to offer solutions to different types of business. This will equip you will key employability skills such as problem solving, using initiative and perseverance.

    • Course Code
    • Exam Board
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    Did you know that the average qualified Chartered Accountant working in the UK earns in excess of £75,000 a year? No wonder it’s such a popular subject! Our teachers are all highly qualified, experienced, and are examiners. Thanks to their help and support, Runshaw Accounting students in 2022 achieved 60% A*-B grades – our added value is outstanding!

    As well as outstanding results, we have also successfully supported a number of students with their progression to world-class study. These include the PWC Flying Start Degree in Accounting & Finance at Manchester and Newcastle Universities and gaining places on prestigious school leaver programmes with industry leading firms, including KPMG, PWC, EY, Deloitte, RSM & BDO.

    We regularly have speakers from industry and students also engage in events to help prepare them for life after college, including ICAEW interactive workshops and trips to firms such as KPMG and RSM.

    Course Highlights:

    Guest speakers, trips to firms and workshops.


  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 5x Grade 5s, including English & Maths.

  • How will I be assessed?

    To enjoy the subject and be successful you will need to be logical and confident working with numbers and able to analyse what these numbers show. You do not need any previous knowledge of the subject. The aim of the course is to give you an understanding of the concepts and principles that underpin accounting theory and practice and its importance in a variety of organisations. Within the course you will study aspects of both Financial and Management Accounting.

    In Year 1, the course is assessed internally via a formal assessment. In Year 2, there are two written examinations, which will comprise of a mixture of multiple choice questions, structured questions and extended answer questions.

  • Progression Pathway

    This course provides an excellent base for students progressing onto a wide range of degree courses at university including Accounting, Finance, Business Studies, Management and Economics.

    It will also provide an excellent foundation for the further study of Accounting at professional level, as well as equipping you with the essential accounting skills needed in the business environment.

  • Teaching & Assessment

    Runshaw students receive excellent support from Accounting tutors who themselves are also examiners. Furthermore, we regularly have speakers from industry and students are also given opportunity to engage in events to help prepare them for life after college including entering competitions such as The Future Leaders Project and trips to firms including RSM which give insight into their next steps and help prepare them for assessment centres. Students also supported in applying for work experience programmes with some of the biggest names in industry!

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.