If you’re focused on further study or a career in accounting, banking or business, this A-Level course is a great choice


Accounts is taught at A-Level only.

If you’re focused on further study or a career in accounting, banking or business, this A-Level course is a great choice. But even if you plan on becoming a professional musician or technical  wizard, it’s good to know about accounting. That way you’ll be able to control your own finances and understand the implications of business.

Accounting helps you to develop a number of skills, including: Organisation and assessment of data; investigation and analysis; effective communication; team working to achieve results methodical and critical thinking and also working on your own initiative

Many students who take accounting go on to university and become qualified accountants, working for accountancy practices or within an organisation. 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.

Accounts is taught at the Crypt by Miss M Gardner.


We follow the AQA Accounts GCE Syllabus – for the specification, key materials, past papers and answers and overview 

This specification aims to develop:   

  • an understanding of the importance of effective accounting information systems and an awareness of their limitations

  • an understanding of the purposes, principles, concepts and techniques of accounting

  • the transferable skills of numeracy, communication, ICT, application, presentation, interpretation, analysis and evaluation in an accounting context

  • an appreciation of the effects of economic, legal, ethical, social, environmental and technological influences on accounting decisions

  • a capacity for methodical and critical thought.

  • A Summary of the Programme of Study

AS Accounts

Unit 1: Financial Accounting.  It includes the purposes of Accounting; accounting records, verification of accounting records(trial balance, bank reconciliation statements and control accounts), and final accounts (income statements and balance sheets)

Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting.  It includes types of business organisation; accounting concepts; final accounts and balance sheets of sole traders; limited liability companies (bonus and rights issue); ratio analysis and assessment of business performance; introduction to budgets and budgetary control and the impact of ICT in Accounts.

A2 Accounts

Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting. It includes sources of finance; incomplete records; partnership accounts; published accounts of limited companies; statement of cash flow; international accounting standards and inventory valuation.

Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting. Manufacturing Accounts; Marginal Costing; Absorption Costing; Activity Based Costing; Standard Costing and Variance Analysis; capital investment Appraisal; budgeting and Social Accounting.

Assessment: Each of the AS and A2 units are examined externally, there is no coursework element.



Numerous resources are available to our students in our school library and on line. Tutor 2 u and Bized are recommended web sites as are the online quizzes AS Quiz and A2 Quiz.

The role of The Accounting Standards Board (ASB) is to issue accounting standards.


Core Texts Issued to Students
AS Accounts for AQA (2nd edition) by David Cox and Michael Fardon
A2 Accounts for AQA (2nd edition) by David Cox and Michael Fardon


Additional Recommended Texts
AQA Accounts AS by David Austen and Peter Hailstone
Advanced Accounting for AS (Second edition) by Ian HarrisonAQA Accounts A2
     by Claire Merrills and Jacqueline Halls-Bryan
Advanced Accounting for A2 (Second edition) by Ian Harrison


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