Accounting AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre
The aim of Accounting is to develop an understanding of the purposes of accounting, and develop the skills of presentation, analysis, interpretation of accounting information from small sole traders and partnerships to large limited companies.
This qualification is linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students are able to either study for one year to gain an AS-level qualification or two years to gain an A-level qualification.
Topics covered 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 and marginal costing
In addition to the AS content the following is also studied:
- 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
There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.
If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.
There is one three hour written paper, worth 120 marks, with three compulsory sections:
- Section A has ten multiple choice questions and short answer questions. The section is worth 25 marks.
- Section B has four structured questions. The section is worth 55 marks.
- Section C has two extended answer questions each worth 20 marks. The section is worth 40 marks.
There are TWO papers, each consisting of a three hour written exam worth 120 marks and represents 50% of the A Level. Each paper has three compulsory sections:
- Section A has ten multiple choice questions and several short answer questions. The section is worth 30 marks.
- Section B has two structured questions each worth 20 marks. The section is worth 40 marks.
- Section C has two extended answer questions each worth 25 marks The section is worth 50 marks.
Accounting is ideal for those students who wish to pursue careers in accounting, business, investment banking, management and finance, but financial acumen can support a wide range of other careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.