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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including GCSE English Language plus grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

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2 academic years

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Key features and Benefits

  • New Blackburn Sixth Form
  • High Achievers Programme
  • 100% A-Level Accounting pass rate
  • 80% A*- C grades

A qualification in accounting will always be helpful – whether it's used professionally or personally. This course helps students to understand the responsibilities of the accountant and the impacts of their recommendations on the business and the wider environment.


A qualification in accounting will always be helpful – whether it's used professionally or personally. This course helps students to understand the responsibilities of the accountant and the impacts of their recommendations on the business and the wider environment.

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

A-level Accounting allows students to develop quantitative data analysis and interpretation skills, whilst the inclusion of ethics and an emphasis on management accounting will give students the confidence to communicate information to non-accountants and future clients. 

AQA have worked with ICAEW and CIMA, as well as teachers and universities during the development of the new subject criteria, to bring you improved and refined content in the latest specifications.

What will I study?

  • 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 accounting records
  • Preparation of financial statements of sole traders
  • Limited company accounts
  • Analysis and evaluation of financial information
  • Budgeting
  • Marginal costing
  • 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

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, one of which needs to be GCSE English Language. Please note that for A-Level Accounting you will need a grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of your programme you will be assessed by two written examinations. There is no coursework in this programme that counts towards your overall grade. 

What can I do next?

Students choose various pathways after completing the A Level; many continue with their studies at university, whilst others gain employment or high level apprenticeships in accounting firms.  Example of destinations :  Deloitte, Accenture, Bank of New York Mellon, Lancaster University, University of Manchester.

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Management accountants are responsible for managing a company's finances. They look after a company's accounts. They also find ways of improving profitability and growth. So if you are interested in finance and business, this could be just what you're looking for.

To do this job you will need to have good maths and computer skills. You’ll need accuracy and attention to detail. You’ll also need good communication skills.

To start working you will have to finish training with one of the professional bodies. Most management accountants choose to do this with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Accounting Technician

As an accounting technician, you would deal with accounting and finance matters in all types of businesses. In larger companies you would work as part of an accounts team. In a smaller firm you might be responsible for dealing with all wages and invoices.

If you enjoy working with numbers, and you are interested in business and finance, this career could be ideal for you.

Accounts Clerk - Bookkeeper

Accounts clerks, also known as finance clerks or bookkeepers, work in all types of businesses and organisations, keeping financial records up to date and helping to prepare accounts.

If you're an organised person with a head for figures and have good computer skills, this could be a job that you would really enjoy.

Private Practice Accountant

Accountants working in private practice provide accountancy services for clients. They handle tax, carry out audits and advise clients how to improve their business finances.

If you enjoy working with figures, can pay close attention to detail and want a career in business, this could be ideal for you. You’ll also need good communication skills to explain technical financial information clearly and to work with people at all levels.

To become a qualified accountant you will need to qualify with a professional body after completing a degree or by training on the job.

Public Finance Accountant

If you have maths and computer skills, and you like analysing and solving problems, this job could be ideal for you.

As an accountant working in the public sector, you would play an important part in making sure that public money is spent properly in organisations like government departments, local authorities, housing associations, charities, the NHS or universities.

In this job you would need to work logically and methodically. You would need to know about business and public policy. You would also need to be a good communicator.


Internal and external auditors check an organisation's financial records to make sure they are accurate and that their procedures are working efficiently. If you want a career in finance and business, and can work to a high degree of accuracy, this career could be ideal for you.

To do this job, you will need to have excellent maths and IT skills. You will also need good communication skills, and work with tact and diplomacy.

To be an external auditor, you must first become a qualified accountant. To work as an internal auditor, you will need experience of working in a business, for example human resources or finance.

Tax Inspector

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