Study Leaving Certificate Accounting at Ashfield College

Leaving Certificate Accounting


While the course has been designed to follow on from the Junior Certificate Business Studies, provision has been made within it for well-motivated and mature students to study the subject on entering the Leaving Certificate programme, without the benefit of that background. Ashfield College offers day school students the opportunity to study Accounting in two years or as a one year course for those who are repeating their Leaving Certificate.

The Accounting course is numerically based but theory and procedures must be learned also. While it is not compulsory, it is advisable that the student be of higher level Maths standard.

This course offers a hard working student the real possibility of high grades because of the unambiguous nature of the questions. An organised student with a likeness for order will be particularly suited to this course.

Teacher Profile

Philip Curry, Business, Accounting and Economics TeacherPhilip Curry B. Comm. (Honours), HDip. in Education, N.U.I.G.

Subjects: Accounting, Business Studies, Economics.

Philip is our business expert, with twenty years’ experience teaching Accounting, Business Studies and Economics to Leaving Certificate Higher and Ordinary standard. Philip is a published author of a Leaving Certificate textbook and is also a contributor to the publication ‘Business Studies Monthly’.

Subject Content

Leaving Certificate Accounting Curriculum

Accounting is a business studies option within the Leaving Certificate programme. It covers aspects of business and social life which are not dealt with in any other subject in that programme. It is concerned with the preparation, recording, extraction, presentation and analysis of financial information for the purpose of making economic decisions. The course also involves a Management Accounting section where the student will learn how to analyse business costs and how to prepare budgets.

Topics covered include:

Financial Statements Preparation, Farm Accounts, Club Accounts, Company Accounts, Manufacturing Accounts, Financial Statements Analysis and Interpretation, Budgeting, Break-even Analysis, Cost Classification, Accounting Theory and Principles.

Exam Structure

The subject is examined at higher and ordinary level. Both levels involve one exam of three hours duration. The exam paper is made up of three sections, the first two are based on the Financial Accounting section of the course and the third covers the Management Accounting section. Questions must be answered from all sections of the exam paper.

If you would like to discuss whether Accounting would be good choice for your Leaving Certificate, call 01 490 4050 to talk to one of our expert team.

Data sourced from The Department of Education and Skills and – correct as of 05/06/2014