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Accounting at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

Accounting A Level provides a good basis for any student wanting to work in business and finance. Students learn double-entry bookkeeping and how to prepare financial statements and management accounting information.

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

Course content

Unit 1 - Financial Accounting

• Role of accountants and ethical considerations

• Types of business organisations

• Double-entry bookkeeping

• Verification of accounting records

• Accounting concepts

• Preparation of financial statements for sole traders; partnerships and companies

• Incomplete records

• Ratio analysis

Unit 2 - Accounting for Analysis and Decision-Making

• Budgeting

• Marginal costing

• Standard costing and variance analysis

• Absorption and activity-based costing

• Capital investment appraisal

• Ethical considerations

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Unit 1 - Financial Accounting

• Written exam: 3 hours

• 120 marks

• 50% of A Level

Unit 2 - Accounting for Analysis and Decision-Making

• Written exam: 3 hours

• 120 marks

• 50% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Even the best business ideas get nowhere without sound financial management - so whether you want to work in big business, be the next Richard Branson, or have your own small business,knowledge of financial management is vital.
 Accounting  A Level equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to assess the performance of all types of business organisations. It will enable them to effectively prepare, analyse and evaluate financial data so that they can make judgements, decisions and recommendations about how businesses can manage their financial affairs.
A whole host of Level 3 courses and apprenticeships are available in Accounting
once you have completed the A Level course.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September