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A Level Accounts

Money makes the world go round! Everyone relies on money and the successful handling and accounting of finance is what A level Accounts is all about. Whether you aspire to be an Accountant or run your own business or you just wish to survive in the business world, this could be the subject for you. You need to enjoy working with figures and solving problems. Accounting fits ideally alongside A level Business Studies, Mathematics, Computing or Economics.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.

Course Content

Year 1, 2 Units

Preparing Financial Accounts – accounting records, double entry book-keeping, income statements, balance sheets and computers in accounts.

Financial & Management Accounting – further work on preparing financial statements, company accounts, ratio analysis and assessment of business performance and introduction to budgeting.

Year 2, 2 Units

Further Financial Accounting – incomplete records, partnership accounts, published company accounts and valuation of inventory.

Further Management Accounting – manufacturing accounts, absorption and marginal costing, standard costing and variance analysis, capital investment appraisal, decision making and social accounting.

How will I be taught?

Accounting is essentially a practical subject and as such the teaching of the course relies mainly on guiding you through general principles by lecturer input, followed by the application of practical examples.

How will I be assessed?

You will generally be required to complete regular pieces of work throughout the two years for tutor assessment by your lecturer, though this does not form part of the final grading. Your final grade will be determined by examinations in the second year.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Essential books will be supplied by the College. A non-programmable electronic calculator is an essential requirement for the course.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of both the AS and A2 course, you will be awarded an A level in the subject studied.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

The qualification is particularly useful to those who wish to proceed to higher education or who wish to undertake Professional qualifications in the Accounting field (particularly AAT, ACCA and CIMA courses). Possession of an Accounting qualification may also be advantageous to those wishing to pursue more general business courses or business career opportunities.

Course Information

At the end of the AS year you will have the opportunity to study and gain a Level 1 Computerised Accounting qualification, using SAGE software, at no extra cost. Those students progressing to the A2 in Accounts may take the SAGE Level 2 qualification.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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Further Information

At the end of the first year you will have the opportunity to study and gain a Level 1 Computerised Accounting qualification, using SAGE software, at no extra cost. Those students progressing to the second year in Accounts may take the SAGE Level 2 qualification.

If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year you start your course you should contact Admissions as fees may apply for this course. Where fees apply you may be entitled to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

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