A-Level Accounting

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6121
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

A qualification in accounting will always be helpful – whether it's used professionally or personally. This course helps students to understand the responsibilities of the accountant and the impacts of their recommendations on the business and the wider environment.

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

A-level Accounting allows students to develop quantitative data analysis and interpretation skills, whilst the inclusion of ethics and an emphasis on management accounting will give students the confidence to communicate information to non-accountants and future clients. 

AQA have worked with ICAEW and CIMA, as well as teachers and universities during the development of the new subject criteria, to bring you improved and refined content in the latest specifications.

What will I study?

 

  • 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 accounting records
  • Preparation of financial statements of sole traders
  • Limited company accounts
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial information
  • Budgeting
  • Marginal costing
  • 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
Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Accounting you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs)

How will I be assessed?

Exams at the end of the two years, each consisting of:

Written exam: 3 hours

120 marks

50% of A-level

Each exam paper will consist of:

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 10 multiple choice questions and several short answer questions. The section is worth 30 marks.
  • Section B has two structured questions each worth 20 marks. The section is worth 40 marks.

Section C has two extended answer questions each worth 25 marks. The section is worth 50 marks.

What can I do next?

Students choose various pathways after completing the A Level; many continue with their studies at university, whilst others gain employment or high level apprenticeships in accounting firms.  Example of destinations :  Deloitte, Accenture, Bank of New York Mellon, Lancaster University, University of Manchester.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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