A Level Accounting Level 3

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.

This A Level is included within the following A Level Pathways as a CORE subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; Financial Academy. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling)

About the course

The course provides a knowledge and understanding of the purposes of accounting, the effects of economic, legal and technological change on accounting and the social implications of accounting decisions.

You will learn to organise, present and communicate accounting information in a clear, logical and suitable format. This will include analysing and interpreting financial statements, and drawing conclusions for management decisions.

Topics in Year One include: The double entry model; Verification of accounting records; Accounting concepts used in the preparation of account records; Preparation of financial statements of sole traders; Limited company accounts; Analysis and evaluation of financial information; Budgeting; Marginal costing.

Additional topics in Year Two include: 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.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including at least grade 6/B in Maths. Grade 6/B or above in English Language is also required. If you have studied accounting previously, you must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in it at Merit or above.

Where next?

Accounting is relevant to many careers, including banking, insurance, general management, business and accountancy. The study of Accounting demonstrates that you have the ability to think logically and express yourself clearly when working with data. Although A Level Accounting is not a requirement for the Accountancy profession, it will help you to decide whether or not you want a career in this area.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

We recommend that you buy a suitable Accounting textbook – we will advise you at the start of the course, although some are available for use in class and the Learning Resource Centre.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: stephen.holmes@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk