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ACCOUNTING - AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS & A2 Accounting are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting – a strong emphasis is put upon double-entry book-keeping, income statements and balance sheets of sole traders; suspense accounts and control accounts are also examined.

Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting – This develops the skills learned in unit 1 and students study the accounts of companies, make more complex adjustments to sole trader accounts, accounting concepts, cash book etc.

A2 Level:

Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting – this includes the study of incomplete records, cash flow, partnership accounts, inventory valuation, International Accountancy Standards and so on

Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting – this includes topics including the following- marginal costing, standard costing, Capital Investment Appraisal and manufacturing accounts

Entry requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements, a B grade minimum in Maths is required. At both levels a commitment to personal study outside the classroom is required. Students will be expected to plan their time so that tasks are completed effectively and that deadlines are met. There is a huge emphasis on students practising questions both in class and at home.


AS has two modules that are both assessed at the end of year 12. A2 has two modules that are both assessed at the end of year 13.

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Future opportunities

Many students who take accounting go on to university and become qualified accountants, working for accountancy practices or within an organisation. Many choose to take up apprenticeships at 18 and access their career more vocationally. With a few years’ experience, some accountants then decide to start their own practice.

But your financial acumen can support a wide number of other careers. For example, you could work in local government if you like politics or for a phone company if you like communications technology.

Perhaps you’d like to work in general management, banking, retail or leisure - money is the common denominator. With accounting skills you could end up working in just about any area you choose.

Further information

Who should apply for the course:

Students considering this option should note that they will be working with numbers, analysing and interpreting information in different forms e.g. accounting documents, reports, tables, graphs and charts.

A great deal of the work is undertaken independently, learning numerous accounting formats; a meticulous, methodical and logical approach to solving problems is required. An interest in, and a liking for, this type of work is crucial.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Crypt School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses