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Accounting AS/A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Padworth College

Course description

Accounting is a subject that will appeal to students who enjoy working with numbers, analysing data and problem solving. In the first year, various accounting concepts and principles are introduced and applied to a range of accounting situations. The second year builds on the first year and covers further aspects of financial accounting and management accounting.The course provides an excellent foundation for further study of accountancy at university or later. Students wishing to follow a wide range of careers in business or industry will find the decision-making and interpretation skills in particular to be very useful.

Course content

The A Level consists of four units.

AS Level – Year 1

Unit 1:  Accounting Principles – 40% of AS, 20% of A Level, 1 hour, 80 marks Introduction to Accounting Principles, The Trial Balance, Accounting Concepts, Classification of Expenditure, Changing Asset Values, Ledger Entries and Adjustments, Final Accounts.

Unit 2:  Financial Accounting – 60% of AS, 30% of A Level, 2 hours, 120 marks The Journal, Correction of Errors, Control Accounts, Accounting Adjustments and Statements, Organisations, Sole Trader, Partnerships, Clubs and Societies, Analysis and Evaluation of Accounting Statements, ICT in Accounting.

A2 Level – Year 2

Unit 3: Company Accounts and Interpretation – 20% of A Level, 1.5 hours, 80 marks The Preparation of Final Accounts for Limited Companies, Financing, The Role of Accounting Standards, Analysis and Interpretation of Accounts.

Unit 4:  Management Accounting – 30% of A Level, 2 hours, 120 marks Budgeting and Budgetary Control, Standard Costing and Variance Analysis, Capital Expenditure Appraisal, Stock, Costing and Decision Making, Costing Applications, Social Responsibility.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied Accounting before starting the course, as no prior knowledge is assumed. However an interest and aptitude for mathematics is advisable.For more information about this course, please go to


In the first year, assessment for AS Level is undertaken by examinations in Unit 1 and Unit 2 in June.  In the second year, students take examinations in Unit 3 and Unit 4 in June.

Financial information

Fees may be charged for this course

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2016
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