What does the course involve?

Understanding the responsibilities of the accountant and the impacts of their recommendations on the business and the wider environment. You will build knowledge and understanding of key concepts, principles and techniques that you can apply to real-life scenarios, develop the ability to solve problems logically, analyse data methodically, make reasoned choices and communicate effectively. Whether you use your Accounting qualification professionally or personally, it will always be helpful! 

Course Outline

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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


Your work will be assessed regularly throughout the course via direct study, class tests and major assessments at key times throughout the year.

No coursework

Examination (Exam Board AQA)
100% examination
1 exam paper (3 hours) at the end of the first year
2 exam papers (3 hours each) at the end of the second year


Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English, with at least two at grade 6, with Maths at 5 or above.


Accounting is relevant to many careers, including banking, insurance, general management, business and accountancy. The economy particularly needs workers with a good grasp of financial matters and you will have enhanced job prospects. The study of Accounting demonstrates that you have the ability to think logically and express yourself clearly when working with data. This is a rare skill among workers, and attractive to employers. This course will allow you to study Accountancy at degree level or apply for an apprenticeship.


A Level

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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