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SWSCA Prize Giving 2014

SWSCA Prizegiving in 2014

No surprises

            for the SWSCA prizes!

For a number of years we have presented prizes to the candidates who achieved first place in the District Society Paper Prize for the Advanced Case Study (sat in July and November). This year the prize winners were Victoria Paley of Old Mill Accountancy LLP and Jonathan Thorn of PwC.

The Advanced Case Study is a 4 hour exam, with one question. It is like an ICAS project but with Financial Statements, Financial Performance, Budgeting, Personal Taxation, Business Taxation, Auditing and Credit Management all thrown in for fun!!!

The prizes were presented by Simon Deane (Accountancy Learning Ltd) at the recent AGM of The South Western Society of Chartered Accountants (SWSCA) held at the Future Inn, Plymouth. Prizes for the other two Advanced Stage papers were presented by KPMG and SWAT.

This location was chosen because the incoming President, Mike Sturgess, is based in Plymouth. He is Chairman of SWAT UK. many moons ago, Simon was a fellow director of Mike’s at SWAT; prior to doing an MBO of the AAT business.

The outgoing President was Charles Chandler of AC Mole & Sons Chartered Accountants, who is featured in our home page video and also on the ‘What People Say’ page.

Simon has been involved with SWSCA since before the ark, and was himself President in 06/07. We are still trying to establish whether that was 2006/07 or 1906/07!!??!! He helped establish the New Members Ceremony, now held each year immediately prior to the annual dinner – during which all new members stand up and are recognised (and seriously embarrassed!). When you work that hard for something, it is really important that you can see that your achievement is recognised and is valued.

A couple of years ago when we presented these prizes, one of them went to Adrian Coombs, also one of our past AAT students. It is always pleasing to see students achieving their study goals after many years of graft.

What is important is for us to recognise that these study goals will vary from student to student. Although it is great to see Adrian and Charles complete their ACA studies having progressed from AAT with us, we get equal pleasure in a student achieving their Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. Many a student has started at Level 2, with no self confidence or self belief. As they work through their studies and their progress tests, we see that confidence continue to increase until they finally pass. Having started with the intention of only doing Level 2, they invariably have built up enough confidence to tackle Level 3 (“but I’ll stop there. I won’t want to do level 4”). But….. by the time they successfully pass Level 3, they think – “Hmmm. There’s only one more level to go and I will be fully qualified. I’m in no rush. I can pick them off one at a time”. And they do.