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Accounting A Level at Lansdowne College

Course description

Accounting is at the very heart of every business activity and is a rewarding and challenging activity in its own right. Accounting is concerned with collecting, analysing, summarising and presenting financial data in order to comply with company legislation and assist decision-making by management. By the end of the course students have a sound knowledge of accounting principles and techniques and are able to solve complex accounting problems. Students start by looking at basic bookkeeping techniques, which form the basis for their understanding of a wide range of topics, delivered later in the course. These relate to more sophisticated methods of financial and management accounting used in business and industry.

Course content

AS-Level (1121):

AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Accounting 1121 is structured into two units and consists of two externally examined papers. Students develop a foundation for Accounting including double-entry procedures as applied to the accounting systems of sole traders. Students should be able to report on the performance of sole traders and limited companies by evaluating their financial strengths and weaknesses.

Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting
This unit focuses on basics of accounting. Students develop an understanding of:
Purposes of accounting
Accounting records
Financial statements

Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting
This unit focuses on financial and management accounting. Students develop an understanding of:
Types of business organisation
Accounting concepts
Balance day adjustments
Financial statements of limited companies
Assessment of business performance
Budgetary control
The impact of ICT in accounting

 

A-Level (2121):

AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Accounting 2121 is structured into two units and consists of two externally examined papers. Students further develop financial and management accounting techniques which can be applied where a business does not maintain a complete accounting system. Also students further develop their understanding of published accounts and their importance to various user groups.

Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting
This unit focuses on a range of advanced techniques and knowledge of accounting. Students develop an understanding of:
Sources of finance
Incomplete records
Partnership accounts
Published accounts of limited companies
International accounting standards
Inventory valuation

Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting
This unit focuses on accounting techniques to aid the management of a business and effective decision-making. Students develop an understanding of:
Manufacturing accounts
Marginal, absorption and activity-based costing
Standard costing and variance analysis
Capital investment appraisal
Budgeting

Assessment

Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting
This is a written examination with four compulsory questions, each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions.
(1hr 30mins; 80 marks; 50% of AS-Level; 25% of A-Level)

Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting
This is a written examination with four compulsory questions, each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions.
(1hr 30mins; 80 marks; 50% of AS-Level; 25% of A-Level)

Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting
This is a written examination with four compulsory questions, each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions.
(2hrs; 90 marks; 50% of AS-Level; 25% of A-Level)

Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting
This is a written examination with four compulsory questions, each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions.
(2hrs; 90 marks; 50% of AS-Level; 25% of A-Level)

Future opportunities

The following are examples of university courses that students can embark on with an A-Level qualification in Accounting:
Accounting
Finance
Accounting, Banking and Finance
International Trade

A good grade in Accounting at A-Level is valued by universities and employers because it requires students to develop a high level of analytical skill and to demonstrate the ability to solve realistic accounting problems. Potential careers include private or public sector accountancy, banking, finance, teaching, financial journalism and auditing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lansdowne College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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