In this A Level Accounting 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.
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our A Level Accounting course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible.
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.
This course will prepare you to sit the A Level Accounting exams.
- There are test papers within your study materials which you should complete, however these do not count towards your final exam grade.
Examinations take place every June
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.
Because we're experts in home learning, ICS knows about and offers all the support you need along the way.
You'll gain access to our study materials via our ICS online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for distance 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 ICS 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.
You will receive support from ICS and our tutors until your assessment dates. We would advise you not to enrol on a A Level course less than six months prior to the assessments.
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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.
This course prepares candidates for the AQA Accounting A Level syllabus (2120), for examinations in June 2012 and later years.
The A Level in Accounting is split into four units:
- Unit 1 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Unit 2 - Financial and Management Accounting
- 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