Accounting A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

Accounting is the language of business - financial decisions can make or break a business so it is an essential part of business development in all industries. If you would like to learn about the principles of accounting in business and finance, this subject is for you.

You will build knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles and techniques that will enable you to apply to real-life scenarios, developing the ability to solve problems logically, analyse data methodically, make reasoned choices and communicate effectively.

Unit 1 subject content:

  • An introduction to the role of the accountant in business
  • Types of business organisation
  • The double entry model
  • Verification of accounting records
  • Accounting concepts used in the preparation of account records
  • Preparation of financial statements of sole traders
  • Limited company accounts
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial information
  • Budgeting
  • Marginal costing

Unit 2 subject content (along with the content from Unit 1):

  • Standard costing and variance analysis
  • Absorption and activity based costing
  • Capital investment appraisal
  • Accounting for organisations with incomplete records
  • Partnership accounts
  • Accounting for limited companies
  • Interpretation, analysis and communication of accounting information
  • The impact of ethical considerations

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 or above.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

AQA A-level Accounting (7126/7127)
  • Unit 1: One three hour written exam equal to 50% of the A-level qualification
  • Unit 2: One three hour written exam equal to 50% of the A-level qualification (this must be taken along with the AS paper to get the qualification)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

All organisations that deal with money need accountants and the larger the organisation the more it needs. This includes businesses, from small to large, but also charities, churches, sports clubs, councils, the NHS, schools and colleges, the police etc. Therefore, there are opportunities to work in a vast range of types of organisation and at many levels, from the shop floor to the boardroom.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.