A Level Accounting


An Accounting A Level is the perfect way to build your financial skills and can lead on to a degree level accounting course. It's also an asset if you're looking to go straight into accounting jobs or any job that requires some knowledge of accountancy.

In this A Level Accounting Online course you'll start with the basics, looking at the role of accounting in business. You'll study the general processes of accounting, such as ledgers, balance sheets and income statements, and learn the difference between financial and management accounting.

As you continue your Accounts A Level course, you'll develop your skills further, and study more complex areas of accounting. You'll learn about sources of finance, accounting for limited companies, and inventory valuation. You'll also look at the management accounting specialities of budgeting, manufacturing accounts, capital investment appraisal and more.

If you are interested in a career in Accounting, we also offer our AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

Course Content

This course prepares candidates for the AQA Accounting A Level syllabus (2120), for examinations in June 2016. 

The A Level in Accounting is split into four units:

AS Units

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Unit 2 - Financial and Management Accounting

A2 Units

  • Unit 3 - Further Aspects of Financial Accounting
  • Unit 4 - Further Aspects of Management Accounting

Unit 1 Introduction to Financial Accounting

  • Purposes of accounting
  • Accounting records: subsidiary books and ledger accounts
  • Verification of accounting records
  • Income statements (trading and profit and loss accounts) and balance sheets including simple adjustments

Unit 2 Financial and Management Accounting

  • Types of business organisation
  • Accounting concepts
  • Further aspects of the preparation of the financial statements and balance sheets of sole traders
  • Financial statements of limited companies
  • Ratio analysis and the assessment of business performance

Unit 3 Further Aspects of Financial Accounting

  • Sources of finance
  • Incomplete records
  • Partnership accounts
  • Published accounts of limited companies
  • International accounting standards
  • Inventory (stock) valuation

Unit 4 Further Aspects of Management Accounting

  • Manufacturing accounts
  • Marginal, absorption and activity based costing
  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Capital investment appraisal
  • Budgeting: further considerations
  • Other factors affecting decision-making: social accounting

Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our A Level Accounting Online course.

Where will I go from here?

An A Level in Accounting can be the stepping stone to further studies in accounting, and perhaps a university degree. It could lead to a fascinating career in one of the many finance-based fields. If you wish to enter or progress in employment, you'll find your Accounting A Level will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

What will I gain?

This course will prepare you to sit the A Level Accounting exams.


ICS Learn Assessment

There are test papers within your study materials which you should complete, however these do not count towards your final exam grade.

External Assessment

Examinations take place in June each year.

You will complete four written exams for your A Level in Accounting.

  • Unit 1 - ACCN1: 1 hour 30 mins 
  • Unit 2 - ACCN2: 1 hour 30 mins 
  • Unit 3 - ACCN3: 2 hours. 
  • Unit 4 - ACCN4: 2 hours 

All exams comprise four compulsory questions - each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions. The examinations for Units 3 and 4 are synoptic which means they also test your understanding of content from other units on the course.

Important Exam Information

Please be aware that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements.  You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

Find out more information about arranging your AQA examination.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in online learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll gain access to our study materials via our online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in your chosen field.  There are no essential textbooks but it is recommended that the you purchase the following (both approx £14):

  • AQA AS Accounting Student's Book by David Austen and Peter Hailstone
  • AQA A2 Accounting Student's Book by Jacqueline Halls-Bryan and Leo Cole

You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

Being part of the online Student Community, means you will also have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors now for more information on our payment plans.

Additional fees

Centre exam and registration fees are additional to your course fees and these costs may vary according to the exam centre you use.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.


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  • Hours of Study 360 hours
  • Course Code H01
  • Study Period 12 Months
  • Support Period 12 Months

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