Pearson LCCI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting

Qualification code
601/7932/6 (Pearson LCCI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting)

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This is a broad-based qualification which offers students not only an academic perspective, but also a practical approach to the accounting discipline. It aims to allow candidates to develop, an understanding of the basic principles underlying the recording of business transactions, the ability to prepare and interpret accounts for sole traders, partnerships, non-trading organisations, limited companies, and groups of companies in accordance with basic accounting conventions and current accounting practice, and the ability to apply the principles of decision-making.

Students may take this qualification alongside other London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) financial qualifications and alongside AS or A levels. 


Distinction, Merit, Pass.


There is one examination paper of three hours duration, with a total of 100 marks.

Further information

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for England:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
  • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

In respect of this qualification:

  • Students may take this qualification alongside other LCCI financial qualifications, and/or alongside AS/A levels, and progress to higher level programmes.
  • First teaching was 2015, but the specification was updated in 2017. 

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