A Level Accounting Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

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.


If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk

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