- Course Code: 6121-Y1
- Duration: 2 academic years
- Study mode: Full Time
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
- 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 x C/4 grades at GCSE, one of which needs to be GCSE English Language. Please note that for A-Level Accounting you will need a grade B /5 in Maths.
- How will I be assessed?
Exams at the end of the two years, each consisting of:
Written exam: 3 hours
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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