I was delighted to come across a student called Brandon Tan in Year 11 last academic year who was studying towards his GCSE Accounting exams in the summer series (note: these were external exams as Accounting is not on the school curriculum).
Now in Year 12, Brandon studies Economics at A Level and expressed a desire to share his knowledge of Accounting to other students at the Secondary Campus through a weekly ECA session. Below are some views from Brandon as to why he wanted to do this very exciting project.
1. What is the Accounting Club?
The Accounting Club is more than the after-school club held every Thursday. The aim is to take modules from the GCSE Accounting course and apply it in a more fun way. Its purpose is to teach students something they will more likely find useful and helpful in the future.
2. Why have you started the Accounting Club? What was your motivation?
My motivation for starting the club is kind of simple. I did my GCSE Accounting and I thought about the various experiences I had learned throughout the course. Since the school offers Business and Economics, I thought of putting up an after school session focusing on Accounting since Business Studies GCSE only briefly touches on the subject. It is perfect since I also had the support and encouragement from Mr Small to start it up.
3. What have the students been learning in the Accounting Club? What do you intend doing in the Accounting Club in the future?
Right now, the students have used 3 weeks to learn the basics, so they can now apply it further into the concepts associated with finance management such as the Trial Balance, Income Statement and even the Balance Sheet.
4. Why should students consider Accounting?
Accounting can make one’s life easier and more efficient. You learn how to keep track of your own financial budget and learn where the “blood” companies utilise go around. GCSE and A-Level students who do Business Studies and Economics should also consider this ECA, since they will learn more in depth about the financial world and further their knowledge about possible courses they might take in the future.
Head of Business Studies and Economics