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Accounting A level at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

Skills to develop in the AS units are: calculations, interpreting and analysing data, use of judgement and research, applying knowledge to unfamiliar situations, developing arguments and interpreting calculations.

Skills to develop in the A2 units are: use knowledge selectively to judge the performance of a business based on analysis; ability to draw from numeral values to make assumptions, judgements and evaluations of business performance; develop arguments on how to improve a business's performance; take decisions and identify and solve problems using knowledge of the internal functions of a business.

Course content

Year 12 

Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting

This is the first unit studied at AS Level. This unit is designed as a foundation for the course and covers double-entry procedures, as applied to the Accounting systems of sole traders. Students will develop an understanding of how the double-entry system operates and develop skills in keeping accurate Accounting records.

Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting

This is the second unit studied at AS Level. This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of financial Accounting and introduces the candidates to some of the ways in which financial Accounting can provide valuable information for measuring and monitoring business performance and for planning future business operations.

 

Year 13 

Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting

This is the first unit studied at A2 Level. In this unit, students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of financial Accounting techniques which can be applied where a business does not maintain a complete Accounting system. Students will also develop, further, their knowledge of financial Accounting through the understanding of the content of published accounts and their importance to various user groups. Students will extend their range of advanced techniques and knowledge of Accounting by the study of statements of cash flow and international Accounting standards.

Unit 4: Further Aspects of Managements Accounting

This is the second unit studied at A2 Level. This unit provides an opportunity for students to develop further the ways in which Accounting techniques can be used to aid the management of a business and contribute to effective decision-making. Students will develop an understanding of manufacturing accounts and certain cost concepts. The unit provides an opportunity to develop two techniques for making capital investment decisions and further their understanding of sources of finance.

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require a grade B or above in English and Maths GCSE. 

Successful completion of AS Accounting with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Accounting.

Assessment

Unit 1 is worth 50% of AS Level and 25% of the whole A Level. It comprises of a 1 hour 30 minute exam worth 80 marks. The exam is made up of four compulsory questions – each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions.

Unit 2 is worth 50% of AS Level and 25% of the whole A Level. It comprises of a 1 hour 30 minute exam worth 80 marks. The exam is made up of four compulsory questions – each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions.

Unit 3 is worth 25% of the whole A Level. It comprises of a 2 hour exam worth 90 marks. The exam is made up of four compulsory questions – each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions. This unit is synoptic.

Unit 4 is worth 25% of the whole A Level. It comprises of a 2 hour exam worth 90 marks. The exam is made up of four compulsory questions – each carrying a variable number of marks, each with a variable number of sub-questions. This unit is synoptic.

Future opportunities

As well as providing a firm foundation in accountancy, an A Level in Accounting will provide you with a range of transferable skills such as; problem solving, resources management, people management and leadership. Although not a prerequisite, an Accounting A Level will also be an ideal foundation for those wishing to study Accounting, Economics, Business or any other finance related courses at University. Students with an Accounting A Level often enter careers such as Accounting, Banking, Finance or take on Corporate Business Roles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Merton directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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