A Level

Type of study
Examination board


This is a thought provoking and challenging course. It will provide you with valuable insight into how a business records its financial transactions and how this information can be used to understand its performance and efficiency.

If you enjoy working with numbers and solving problems, Accounting could be for you. You will develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of financial and management accounting, as well as broadening your understanding of the financial sector.

It’s an ideal preparation for studying accounting or business at university and a future career in accountancy, management or running your own business.


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Accounting, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2ACC

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 5 or above.

In year one you will study:

  • The role of the accountant in business
  • Types of business organisations and sources of finance
  • The double entry system of recording financial transactions
  • Preparing and correcting a Trial Balance
  • Calculating accounting values such as depreciation
  • Preparing financial statements for sole traders and companies
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial information
  • Budgeted financial statements

In year two you will study:

  • Problem solving skills such as coping with incomplete records
  • Preparing more complex financial statements for companies
  • Preparing partnership accounts
  • More complex analysis and evaluation of financial information with communication to relevant stakeholders
  • Professional ethics and the regulatory framework
  • Cash budgeting


Accounting is taught within a business environment. All of our lecturers are subject specialists with industry expertise.

Digital technology is embedded throughout the College’s curriculum equipping you with skills that are industry-recognised, cloud based applications for your onward career journey.

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions.

You will have the opportunity to hear visiting speakers from universities and the accounting profession and meet with ex-students and employers from accounting firms.


You will 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. You will take two 3 hour exams which will cover all the topics taught on the course. Each exam is worth 50% of the overall mark and will consist of multiple choice questions, short answer questions involving calculations, data response questions, preparation of financial statements and extended answer
questions requiring analysis and evaluation.

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My time at South Downs was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. South Downs is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student


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.

Many of our students go on to study accountancy or actuarial science at university either on its own, or in combination with other subjects such as: finance, business, economics or management.

An increasing number of our students are opting for training contracts with accounting firms when they complete their A Levels. Recently our students have gained places on school leaver schemes with top accounting firms such as Price Waterhouse Coopers and Grant Thornton.

You may join a local accounting firm who will probably start you on the Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification. This A Level gives you exemption from the first part of the AAT course.


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