A-Level Accounting

Course Information

  • 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
  • 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 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

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.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Management Accountant

Management accountants are responsible for managing a company's finances. They look after a company's accounts. They also find ways of improving profitability and growth. So if you are interested in finance and business, this could be just what you're looking for.

To do this job you will need to have good maths and computer skills. You’ll need accuracy and attention to detail. You’ll also need good communication skills.

To start working you will have to finish training with one of the professional bodies. Most management accountants choose to do this with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Accounting Technician

As an accounting technician, you would deal with accounting and finance matters in all types of businesses. In larger companies you would work as part of an accounts team. In a smaller firm you might be responsible for dealing with all wages and invoices.

If you enjoy working with numbers, and you are interested in business and finance, this career could be ideal for you.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Accounts Clerk - Bookkeeper

Accounts clerks, also known as finance clerks or bookkeepers, work in all types of businesses and organisations, keeping financial records up to date and helping to prepare accounts.

If you're an organised person with a head for figures and have good computer skills, this could be a job that you would really enjoy.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Private Practice Accountant

Accountants working in private practice provide accountancy services for clients. They handle tax, carry out audits and advise clients how to improve their business finances.

If you enjoy working with figures, can pay close attention to detail and want a career in business, this could be ideal for you. You’ll also need good communication skills to explain technical financial information clearly and to work with people at all levels.

To become a qualified accountant you will need to qualify with a professional body after completing a degree or by training on the job.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Public Finance Accountant

If you have maths and computer skills, and you like analysing and solving problems, this job could be ideal for you.

As an accountant working in the public sector, you would play an important part in making sure that public money is spent properly in organisations like government departments, local authorities, housing associations, charities, the NHS or universities.

In this job you would need to work logically and methodically. You would need to know about business and public policy. You would also need to be a good communicator.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Internal and external auditors check an organisation's financial records to make sure they are accurate and that their procedures are working efficiently. If you want a career in finance and business, and can work to a high degree of accuracy, this career could be ideal for you.

To do this job, you will need to have excellent maths and IT skills. You will also need good communication skills, and work with tact and diplomacy.

To be an external auditor, you must first become a qualified accountant. To work as an internal auditor, you will need experience of working in a business, for example human resources or finance.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Tax Inspector

Tax inspectors investigate cases to make sure the correct amount of tax is being paid and that fraud has not taken place.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

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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.