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International A Level Accounting Course

This International A Level Accounting Course helps students to develop knowledge and understanding of the purposes of accounting and apply this to a variety of accounting problems. This specification has no coursework or controlled assessment.

It is not necessary for students to have studied GCSE Accounting before commencing work on this specification and no prior knowledge of accounting is necessary.

General Certificate of Education in Accounting

Enrolment Fee:


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This International A Level Accounting is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject or for anyone who wishes to study at a higher level at University. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

Exams are available in June and November (Also March for India)

Our courses at International Home Study allow our students to work at their own pace and we work to ensure all our student’s needs are met. Our resources will cover the requirements of the course making sure you stay on track with the subject you choose.


The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be able to contact our dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Cambridge Exam Board

Awarding Body: Cambridge

Course Code: 9706

Study Hours:  Recommended 300 – 360 hrs

Exams Available: June & November (also March in India only)

Cambridge International Examinations (cie)

Cambridge International AS & A Level Accounting engages students with the relevance and applicability of accounting in real-world contexts and encourages interest in the role and responsibilities of the accountant.

Studying this subject helps students to understand, apply, analyse and evaluate accounting information to aid decision-making in business and communicate information to stakeholders.

These transferable skills are an ideal foundation for further study and for a future career within accounting or related professions.

Our approach in Cambridge International AS & A Level Accounting encourages learners to be:

  • confident, using accounting terminology and formats, preparing and analysing financial statements and learning to communicate accounting information to stakeholders
  • responsible, considering how the ethical behaviour of accountants and auditors impacts the business and other stakeholders
  • reflective, considering how the concepts and accounting standards underpin the preparation of accounts and impact on the actions of the accountant
  • innovative, approaching learning and application with flexible and substantiated thinking
    engaged, developing an interest in broader and evolving accounting issues, and exploring the range of types of business for which a robust accounting system is required.

Key concepts are essential ideas that help students develop a deep understanding of their subject and make links between different aspects. Key concepts may open up new ways of thinking about, understanding or interpreting the important things to be learned.

Good teaching and learning will incorporate and reinforce a subject’s key concepts to help students gain:

  • a greater depth as well as breadth of subject knowledge
  • confidence, especially in applying knowledge and skills in new situations
  • the vocabulary to discuss their subject conceptually and show how different aspects link together
  • a level of mastery of their subject to help them enter higher education.The key concepts identified below, carefully introduced and developed, will help to underpin the course you will teach. You may identify additional key concepts which will also enrich teaching and learning.

The key concepts for Cambridge International AS & A Level Accounting are:

A true and fair view
Financial statements are designed to give a true and fair view of the financial position, performance and changes in financial position of the business to internal and external stakeholders.

Duality in accounting recognises that every financial transaction has a double (or dual) effect on the position of a business as recorded in the accounts.

Consistency in the treatment of financial transactions enables the performance of a business to be compared meaningfully over different time periods.

Business entity
A business is a separate legal entity from the owner of a business. The accounting records must relate only to the business and not to the personal assets and spending of the owner.

Money measurement
Financial accounts only include items and transactions that can be expressed in terms of money. For example, the purchase of raw material is recorded in the accounts whereas staff creativity is not.

Planning and control
Management accounting provides a framework for a business to plan and control its finances and enables informed decision-making.

Content Overview

AS Level Topics

1.1 Types of business entity

1.2 The accounting system

1.3 Accounting for non-current assets

1.4 Reconciliation and verification

1.5 Preparation of financial statements

1.6 Analysis and communication of accounting information

2.1 Costs and cost behaviour

2.2 Traditional costing methods

A Level Topics

3.1 Preparation of financial statements

3.2 Regulatory and ethical considerations

3.3 Business acquisition and merger

3.4 Computerised accounting systems

3.5 Analysis and communication of accounting information

4.1 Activity based costing (ABC)

4.2 Standard costing

4.3 Budgeting and budgetary control

4.4 Investment appraisal


Paper 1: Questions are based on sections 1 and 2 of the subject content

1 hour, Multiple Choice, 30 Marks

Paper 2: Fundamentals of Accounting

1 hour 45 minutes, Four structured questions, 90 marks

Paper 3: Financial Accounting

1 hour 30 minutes, Three structured questions, 75 marks

Paper 4: Cost and Management Accounting

1 hour, Two structured questions, 50 marks

Q & A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Most of our A Levels are available internationally. We offer A Levels with three different awarding bodies, AQA, Cambridge and Edexcel. If the course is only available via the AQA awarding body then of course you can still take our course, however the exams must be taken in the UK.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 300 and 360 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

For example, any A-Level course undertaken has a recommended 360 guided learning hours. Breaking down a 360 hour course into 12 weeks, you would need to be able to commit to 30 hours per week of studying. It is entirely up to you the amount of time you can commit to studying. But with online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams. 

For more information about UCAS points click here

All of our A Level awarding bodies will give you a full A Level qualification. There will be slight differences between the specifications and what you will actually learn. 

For the Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), there would be a difference in how you sit practical elements. 

AQA offers practicals but they are optional.

With the Cambridge exam board, you will be expected to perform the practical elements, they are compulsory. Which means finding an exam centre that has a lab for you to complete this. 

With Edexcel, the practical elements are all taught in theory and are assessed via a written exam, therefore you can sit your full exam at a typical Edexcel approved exam centre. 

More information about science practicals can be found here

In most cases yes, what we would ask is for the course codes that you have taken in sixth form/college and we will see if we can match them up. 

In most cases you can, If you go to the individual course page you should be able to see if this option is available for you. 

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. A-Level qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your A Levels in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, and references for university applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade.