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SyllabusCambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452For examination in June and November 2020, 2021 and 2022.Also available for examination in March 2020, 2021 and 2022 for India only.Version 1

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Contents1 Why choose this syllabus? . 22 Syllabus overview .4Aims4Content overview5Assessment overview6Assessment objectives73 Subject content .8Appendix – Accounting ratios154 Details of the assessment .16Paper 1 – Multiple Choice16Paper 2 – Structured Written Paper16Command words17International standards – terminology185 What else you need to know .19Before you start19Making entries20After the exam21How students and teachers can use the grades21Grade descriptions21Changes to this syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 202222Changes to this syllabusFor information about changes to this syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022, go to page 22

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022.1 Why choose this syllabus?Key benefitsCambridge IGCSE syllabuses are created especially for international students. For over 25 years, we have workedwith schools and teachers worldwide to develop syllabuses that are suitable for different countries, different typesof schools and for learners with a wide range of abilities.Cambridge IGCSE Accounting is accepted by universites and employers as proof of an understanding of the theoryand concepts of accounting, and the ways in which accounting is used in a variety of modern economic andbusiness contexts.Learners focus on the skills of recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting financial information; these form anideal foundation for further study, and for a future career within the profession.The syllabus is structured so that learners attain both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skillslearners need for their next steps in education or employment.Our approach encourages learners to be:Cambridgelearner‘The strength of Cambridge IGCSE qualifications is internationally recognised and has providedan international pathway for our students to continue their studies around the world.’Gary Tan, Head of Schools and CEO, Raffles International Group of Schools, Indonesia2www.cambridgeinternational.org/igcseBack to contents page

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Why choose this syllabus?Recognition and progressionThe combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Accounting gives learners a solid foundation forfurther study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses includingCambridge International AS & A Level Accounting.Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence ofacademic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels andCambridge IGCSEs or equivalent to meet their entry requirements.UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications andskills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable tothe standard of GCSE in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualificationsare accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide.Learn more at ng teachersWe provide a wide range of practical resources, detailed guidance, and innovative training and professionaldevelopment so that you can give your learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge IGCSE.Teaching resourcesExam preparation resources School Support Hubwww.cambridgeinternational.org/support Question papers Syllabus Scheme of work Example candidate responses to understandwhat examiners are looking for at key grades Learner guide Examiner reports to improve future teaching Mark schemes Discussion forum Resource list Endorsed textbooks and digital resourcesTrainingSupport forCambridgeIGCSE Face-to-face workshops around the world Online self-study training Online tutor-led training Cambridge Professional DevelopmentQualificationsCommunityYou can find useful information, as well asshare your ideas and experiences with otherteachers, on our social media channels andcommunity forums.Find out more mbridge IGCSE is one of the most sought-after and recognised qualifications in the world. Itis very popular in Egypt because it provides the perfect preparation for success at advanced levelprogrammes.’Mrs Omnia Kassabgy, Managing Director of British School in Egypt BSEBack to contents pagewww.cambridgeinternational.org/igcse3

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022.2 Syllabus overviewAimsThe aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus.The aims are to enable students to develop: knowledge and understanding of the principles and purposes of accounting for individuals, businesses,non-trading organisations and society as a whole an understanding of accounting concepts, principles, policies, techniques, procedures and terminology improved skills of numeracy, literacy, communication, enquiry, presentation and interpretation improved accuracy, orderliness and the ability to think logically an excellent foundation for advanced study.Support for Cambridge IGCSE AccountingOur School Support Hub www.cambridgeinternational.org/support provides Cambridge schools with asecure site for downloading specimen and past question papers, mark schemes, grade thresholds and othercurriculum resources specific to this syllabus. The School Support Hub community offers teachers theopportunity to connect with each other and to ask questions related to the syllabus.4www.cambridgeinternational.org/igcseBack to contents page

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Syllabus overviewContent overview1 The fundamentals of accountingThis section introduces the subject by explaining the difference between book-keeping and accounting. Therole of accounting in providing information and the purposes of measuring business profit and loss are alsoexplored. Basic accounting terms and the accounting equation are introduced.2 Sources and recording of dataThe core topic of this section is the double entry system of book-keeping and how this is applied in thepreparation of ledger accounts. The division of the ledger is considered. Business documents and their use assources of information are also included. Consideration is given to the procedures for processing information inbooks of prime entry.3 Verification of accounting recordsThis section concentrates on the use of trial balances, bank reconciliation statements and control accounts asmeans of verifying accounting records. The procedures for the correction of errors are also covered.4 Accounting proceduresWithin this section, consideration is given to the importance of distinguishing between capital and revenueexpenditure and receipts. Non-current assets are further explored in terms of accounting for depreciationand disposals. Procedures to record adjustments for accruals and prepayments, irrecoverable debts, provisionof doubtful debts and the recovery of debts written off are included. Inventory valuation, and its impact onfinancial statements, is also covered.5 Preparation of financial statementsThe focus of this section is the preparation of financial statements, including year-end adjustments, fordifferent types of businesses (sole traders, partnerships and limited companies). Consideration is also given tothe financial statements of clubs and societies and manufacturing businesses. The procedures employed whenonly incomplete records are available are also covered.6 Analysis and interpretationThis section introduces the calculation and the interpretation of the main accounting ratios. The use of ratiosin inter-firm comparison is also included. Consideration is also given to the uses of accounting information byinterested parties. The limitations of accounting statements are also explored.7 Accounting principles and policiesThe main accounting principles are introduced together with how they are applied in accounting records andstatements. Consideration is also given to the influence of international accounting standards and the selectionof accounting policies.Appendix Accounting ratiosThe accounting ratios are given in full.Back to contents pagewww.cambridgeinternational.org/igcse5

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Syllabus overviewAssessment overviewAll candidates take two papers.All candidates take:Paper 1Multiple Choiceand:1 hour 15 minutes30%Paper 2Structured Written Paper1 hour 45 minutes70%35 marks100 marksMultiple-choice questionsQuestions will be based on all syllabus contentQuestions will be based on all syllabus contentExternally assessedExternally assessed6www.cambridgeinternational.org/igcseBack to contents page

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022. Syllabus overviewAssessment objectivesThe assessment objectives (AOs) are:AO1 Knowledge and understandingCandidates should be able to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, terms, principles, policies, procedures and techniques thatare in the syllabus demonstrate understanding of knowledge through numeracy, literacy, presentation and interpretation andapply this knowledge and understanding in various accounting situations and problems.AO2 AnalysisCandidates should be able to: select data which is relevant to identified needs of business order, analyse and present information in an appropriate accounting form.AO3 EvaluationCandidates should be able to: interpret and evaluate accounting information and draw reasoned conclusions.Weighting for assessment objectivesThe approximate weightings allocated to each of the assessment objectives (AOs) are summarised below.Assessment objectives as a percentage of the qualificationAssessment objectiveWeighting in IGCSE %AO1 Knowledge and understanding65AO2 Analysis25AO3 Evaluation10Assessment objectives as a percentage of each componentAssessment objectiveWeighting in components %Paper 1Paper 2AO1 Knowledge and understanding8060AO2 Analysis2025AO3 Evaluation015Back to contents pagewww.cambridgeinternational.org/igcse7

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting 0452 syllabus for 2020, 2021 and 2022.3 Subject contentIn all of the following, candidates are required to apply their understanding to a variety of accounting scenarios.Candidates should be able to make simple decisions based upon the analysis and evaluation of informationprovided.Candidates should be able to do the following.1The fundamentals of accounting1.1 The purpose of accounting understand and explain the difference between book-keeping and accounting state the purposes of measuring business profit and loss explain the role of accounting in providing information for monitoring progress and decision-making.1.2 The accounting equation explain the m

Cambridge IGCSE Accounting is accepted by universites and employers as proof of an understanding of the theory and concepts of accounting, and the ways in which accounting is used in a variety of modern economic and business contexts. Learners focus on the skills of recording, reporting, presenting and interpreting inancial information; these form an ideal foundation for further study, and for .

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