Accounting A-level

Accounting is the language of business - financial decisions can make or break a business so it is an essential part of business development in all industries. If you would like to learn about the principles of accounting in business and finance, this subject is for you.

You will build knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles and techniques that will enable you to apply to real-life scenarios, developing the ability to solve problems logically, analyse data methodically, make reasoned choices and communicate effectively.

What topics/modules are covered?

Unit 1 subject content:

  • An introduction to the role of the accountant in business
  • Types of business organisation
  • The double entry model
  • Verification of accounting records
  • Accounting concepts used in the preparation of account records
  • Preparation of financial statements of sole traders
  • Limited company accounts
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial information
  • Budgeting
  • Marginal costing

Unit 2 subject content (along with the content from Unit 1):

  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Absorption and activity based costing
  • Capital investment appraisal
  • Accounting for organisations with incomplete records
  • Partnership accounts
  • Accounting for limited companies
  • Interpretation, analysis and communication of accounting information
  • The impact of ethical considerations

  • What are the entry requirements?

    If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

    • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

    If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

    • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

    Additional entry requirements:

    • GCSE Mathematics grade 6 or above

    The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

    All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

    How will I be assessed?

    • Unit 1: One three hour written exam equal to 50% of the A-level qualification
    • Unit 2: One three hour written exam equal to 50% of the A-level qualification (this must be taken along with the AS paper to get the qualification)

    What can I do if I complete this course?

    • University
    • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
    • Employment

    Career Path

    All organisations that deal with money need accountants and the larger the organisation the more it needs. This includes businesses, from small to large, but also charities, churches, sports clubs, councils, the NHS, schools and colleges, the police etc. Therefore, there are opportunities to work in a vast range of types of organisation and at many levels, from the shop floor to the boardroom.

    What qualification will I gain?

    AQA A-level Accounting (7126/7127).

    Start date



    2 years.

    Where will I be based?

    Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

    Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

    We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

    Last modified on Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:20