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A Level Accounting provides a suitable foundation for the study of Accounting or related Finance courses in higher education.

Why choose Accounting?

A Level Accounting provides a suitable foundation for the study of Accounting or related Finance courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in Accounting, or as part of a course of general education. Students will learn how to present financial statements that can be used to assist business planning and decision making. They will also learn quantitative analysis techniques that encourage rational thinking and problem-solving skills.

What is Accounting @ DLD?

Part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, A Level Accounting at DLD College allows learners to develop an understanding of the importance of effective accounting information systems and an awareness of their limitations through a critical consideration of current financial issues and modern business practices. Students will be supported in ways that allow them to acquire transferable skills of numeracy, communication, ICT, application, presentation, interpretation, analysis and evaluation in an accounting context.

Lessons dedicate time to regular assessment and tutors of clear feedback and advice on how students can improve their responses. Students apply their learning to the construction and manipulation key accounting documents, such as year-end accounts. The Accounting department at DLD recognises that firms operate in a globalised environment. For this reason, learning will include International Accounting Standards.

How is it assessed?
Component Weighting
  AS Level A Level
Paper 1 Multiple Choice                                     1 hour
30 multiple choice questions based on the AS Level syllabus content
Total 30 marks
30% 15%
Paper 2 Structured Questions        1 hour 30 mins
Four structured questions on the AS Level syllabus content.
Question 1 on financial accounting (30 marks)
Questions 2 and 3 on financial accounting (2 x 15 marks)
Question 4 on cost and management accounting (30 marks)
Total 90 marks
70% 35%
Paper 3 tests the additional content for the A Level, but also requires a knowledge and understanding of the AS Level content.
Section A: Four structured questions on financial accounting (4 x 25 marks)
Section B: Two structured questions on cost and management accounting (2 x 25 marks)
Total 150 marks

Exam Board: CIE

What do I need?

A desire to enjoy problem-solving and an interest in numeracy are important when studying Accounting. The willingness and ability to manipulate data to support rational judgments. Good accountants have an active interest in understanding people, work and organisations.

Good subject combinations

If an individual intends to study a Accounting and Finance degree at university, it is important to study A Level Mathematics. Further Mathematics, Economics, Business, Politics and Computing may also make for good combinations.


Q: Which exam board do you follow?
A: We offer a Cambridge International A Level

Q: Will the tutor utilise technology in his/her teaching?
A: Yes. All classrooms are well-equipped and students are encouraged to continue their learning on our Virtual Learning Enviornment.

Q: Can I use the A Level to apply for an internship or an apprenticeship with a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm?
A: Yes – absolutely!

After DLD

Finance is the backbone of the commercial world and is key underpins almost all business decisions. While most DLD students do follow the path of higher education, a sizeable minority go straight into the workplace as trainees in family businesses or in certain aspects of the financial services. The academically rigorous Cambridge International A Level is respected around the world.

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