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  • A-Level Accountancy

    An A level in accounting is the perfect first step towards a potentially lucrative career in accountancy or the financial sector. It also demonstrates a strong numerical grounding in business finance, valuable for any career in business or for any budding entrepreneur.

    • Course Description

      A Level Accounting

      Course code: HSAL17

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 200 hrs

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Accountancy

      Awarding body: AQA

      An A level in accounting is the perfect first step towards a potentially lucrative career in accountancy or the financial sector. It also demonstrates a strong numerical grounding in business finance, valuable for any career in business or for any budding entrepreneur.

    • Accountancy course overview

      With no prior knowledge of accountancy necessary, this course will give you a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of both financial and management accountancy, covering general accountancy methods, such as how to use ledgers, balance sheets and income statements, as well as transferrable skills that apply more generally to business like data skills, problem solving, planning, presenting arguments and recommendations.

      Upon successful completion of the exam (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A level Accountancy qualification.

      Skills gained

      • An understanding of the theory, purpose, procedures and techniques of both management and financial accountancy.
      • Learn the importance of effective accountancy management systems, as well as their limitations.
      • Awareness of economic, legal, ethical, social, environmental and technical influences on decision-making in accountancy.
      • Transferrable skills useful in all aspects of business, such as numeracy, strong communication skills, building and presenting an argument, ICT used in business, evaluating data and analytical, problem-solving skills.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: ACCN1 Introduction to Financial Accounting.

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 2: ACCN2 Financial and Management Accounting.

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: ACCN3 Further Aspects of Financial Accounting.

      Written examination: 2 hours

      Unit 4: ACCN4 Further Aspects of Management Accounting.

      Written examination: 2 hours

      Course content

      Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting

      Module 1: Introduction to financial accounting

      Module 2: Recording financial data

      Module 3: Checking accounting records

      Module 4: Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss

      Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting

      Module 1: Business entity concept

      Module 2: Accounting concepts

      Module 3: Further aspects of preparing primary accounts

      Module 4: Limited Company accounts

      Module 5: Ratio analysis and business performance

      Module 6: Ratio Introduction to budgeting

      Module 7: ICT within Accounting

      Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting

      Module 1: Sources of Finance

      Module 2: Incomplete records

      Module 3: Partnership accounts

      Module 4: Published accounts of Limited companies

      Module 5: Accounting standards

      Module 6: Stock valuation

      Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting

      Module 1: Manufacturing accounts

      Module 2: Marginal, absorption and activity based costing

      Module 3: Standard cost and variance analysis

      Module 4: Capital Investment Appraisal

      Module 5: Budgeting: Further considerations

      Module 6: Social accounting

      Recommended reading

      Business Accounting 1

      Frank Wood & Alan Sangster,

      FT Prentice Hall ISBN


      Business Accounts

      David Cox,

      Osborne books

      ISBN-10: 187296263


      The AQA A Level Accountancy qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers are successfully completed. The first two exams make up the AS Level, the second two comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level.

      These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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