A-Level

Accounting

Build your knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles and techniques used in real-life problems

Duration

Two years

Level

Level 3

Career Sector

Financial & Professional Services

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date

September

Course overview

Whether you are looking at a personal or professional point of view achieving a qualification in Accounting will always be helpful for your future. By studying this course it will give students an understanding of the responsibilities of the accountant, including financial decision-making and the impacts of their recommendations on the business and the wider environment.

Students will build knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles and techniques that they can apply to real-life scenarios, developing the ability to solve problems logically, analyse data methodically, make reasoned choices and communicate effectively.

What will I study?

Modules/units

Year One

In the first year you will cover the foundations of both financial and management/cost accounting

  • Role of the accountant in business
  • Business organisation types
  • Double entry model and accounting records
  • Verification of accounting records
  • Accounting concepts
  • Preparation of financial statements of sole traders 
  • Budgeting
  • Marginal costing

Year Two

Throughout the second year you will cover more advanced techniques, building on prior knowledge and understanding of both financial and management/cost accounting. 

  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Absorption and activity-based costing
  • Capital investment appraisal
  • Incomplete records
  • Partnership accounts
  • Limited company accounts
  • Interpretation, analysis and communication of accounting information
  • Impact of ethical considerations

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language and Maths.
  • Grade 5 or above in one GCSE logical/systematic subject (eg. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Computing, Statistics or Further Maths).
  • If you have a grade 4 in GCSE English Language then you must have a grade 4 or above in GCSE English Literature and a grade 5 in GCSE History, Religious Studies, Sociology or Geography. 

Why study Accounting at USP College?

  • All tutors are accountancy qualified.
  • Universal qualification.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is fully exam-based. You will study two, three hour, exams each worth 50% of your grade. Both exams will contain multiple choice, short answer, structure and extended answer questions. 

Additional costs

  • Textbooks at a cost of approximately £27 per year; this will allow you to customise your books as required and will give you a reference source that can be used in your future career.
  • Non-programmable calculator and appropriate stationery, including ring binders and lined paper for note-taking.

What could I do next?

After completing this qualification many students will choose to progress on to study Accounting or Finance related degree courses in Higher Education. Other students will gain employment or apprenticeships in accountancy, in both in the local area and with international firms based in London

A high proportion of Accounting students go on to study Accounting or finance related degree courses in Higher Education. Many others are successful in securing employment/apprenticeships in accounting both in the local area and with international firms based in London.

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