A Level Accounting

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Course Syllabus : (2120)


Course Code : H01


Guided Learning Hours : 320


Support Period : Through to Summer 2018 exams



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An A Level in Accounting 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're interested in a career in accounting, we also offer several accounting courses including our AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.


This course will prepare you for the AQA Accounting A Level syllabus (2120).

The A Level in Accounting is split into four units:

AS Units

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

A2 Units

  1. Unit 3 - Further Aspects of Financial Accounting
  2. Unit 4 - Further Aspects of Management Accounting

Unit 1 Introduction to Financial Accounting

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

Unit 2 Financial and Management Accounting

  1. Types of business organisation
  2. Accounting concepts
  3. Further aspects of the preparation of the financial statements and balance sheets of sole traders
  4. Financial statements of limited companies
  5. Ratio analysis and the assessment of business performance

Unit 3 Further Aspects of Financial Accounting

  1. Sources of finance
  2. Incomplete records
  3. Partnership accounts
  4. Published accounts of limited companies
  5. International accounting standards
  6. Inventory (stock) valuation

Unit 4 Further Aspects of Management Accounting

  1. Manufacturing accounts
  2. Marginal, absorption and activity based costing
  3. Standard costing and variance analysis
  4. Capital investment appraisal
  5. Budgeting: further considerations
  6. Other factors affecting decision-making: social accounting

The A Level Accounting course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's also a suitable foundation if you're thinking about studying accounting and finance at a higher level.

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on this course.

An A Level in Accounting can be the stepping stone to further studies in accounting, including at college and university. Continuing your study of Accounting to a higher level could lead to a fascinating career in one of many finance-based fields, including:

  1. Chartered Accountancy
  2. Finance
  3. Bookkeeping
  4. Auditing
  5. Payroll
  6. Tax Accountancy
  7. Forensic Accountancy

In the workplace, 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.

Your A Level in Accounting can count towards entry to college or university for many subjects. You should contact the institution you're interested in attending to find out their entry requirements.

Students who complete this course often go on to study an Accountancy degree, or a professional accounting qualification such as those offered by AAT.

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

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

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students.

You’ll also have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies:

  1. Live Induction Webinar
  2. Interactive Quizzes
  3. Progress Checks
  4. Peer Discussions
  5. E-books
  6. Personal Journal
  7. AQA Resources

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field.  There are no essential textbooks but it’s recommended that you purchase the following (both approximately £14):

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

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your assessments. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

ICS Learn Assessments

There are test papers within your study materials which you should complete to monitor your progress and see where you can improve. Don't worry, these don't count towards your final exam grade.

External Assessment

Exams take place in June each year.

You'll complete four written exams for your A Level in Accounting:

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

All exams comprise four compulsory questions, with varying numbers of marks and sub-questions. The exams for Units 3 and 4 are synoptic which means they also test your understanding of content from units 1 and 2.

Important Exam Information

Please be aware that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll help you find a suitable exam centre, usually a nearby school or college, and give you all the information you need to book your place. You'll 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.

Exam centre and registration fees are additional to your course fees. The cost will vary according to the exam centre you use.

Contact our course advisors for more information on additional fees.

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