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So What makes a STAR Student?

Star Students are nominated by any member of the AL team – every Star Student receives a £25 Amazon voucher!

Nominations are based on students who have stood out because of:

  • Their attitude to their studies
  • Their progress with their studies against their learning plan
  • Challenges they have overcome
  • Any other noteworthy factor


Star Student September 2019: Anna Leggett

“When I left school, I went to Bicton College to study horse care but after a bad accident, I decided that this was not the path for me. I joined Exeter College and completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Business Administration. This enabled me to secure a job at a local accountancy firm as a receptionist/administrator. However, I learnt early on that I wanted to be doing the ‘numbers’ side of things rather than just admin.”

In May 2018, Anna enrolled with us to start her AAT Level 3 (Assistant Accounting Apprenticeship). Given that she was brand new to finance, Anna started off with the AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping Certificate before moving onto Level 3. She completed her Level 3 Apprenticeship in July this year and has now progressed onto AAT Level 4 (Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship).

Personal Tutor Chrissy said:

From day one Anna has shown strong commitment and dedication to her studies achieving consistently high scores throughout her whole course. Anna has been an absolute star to tutor, responding well to feedback and guidance. Anna also managed to get to grips with the portfolio aspects of her apprenticeship quite early on, which ensured that Anna managed both of these elements with ease. I can only imagine that Anna has a strong career ahead of her and I wish her the very best of luck with her L4 studies 🙂


Star Student August 2019: Tamsin Mead

I started working for Briants Chartered Accountants a number of years ago, as the receptionist at their Falmouth Office.  In July 2018 the opportunity arose for the practice to take on a Trainee.  Being offered the chance to expand my knowledge by studying for an AAT qualification, was a bit daunting at first, was I too old to go back to studying!  

I am pleased to say that with the help and support of my work colleagues and the Accountancy Learning team, I am now nearing the completion of my level 3 course. 

The distance learning style has enable me to remain an active member in a number of local organisations.  When I am not studying I can be found organising Brownie crafts and activities or helping out with the local agricultural show.

Simon said:

Despite her natural concerns about getting back into studies after so long away from them, it has worked out well for Tamsin and she has blossomed. This has been through a mix of enthusiasm, application, perseverance….and of course ability!

Her consistent and steady approach to her studies has meant that she has been able to maintain her involvement in local organisations, including Brownies and the agricultural show and is scheduled to complete her Level 3 Apprenticeship spot on her planned end date and then progress to Level 4.


Star Student July 2019: Caitlin Churchward

Upon finishing my GCSE’s I was excited to move on from full time education and was interested in the apprenticeship root whereby I could gain a new qualification as well as gain work experience.

I was employed by Total Repair Service Ltd a building contractor who specialise in insurance Repairs. They offered me an accountancy apprenticeship and the chance to work along side Bernadette the company secretary which helped me gain responsibility and trust in my work environment.

I joined Accountancy learning In September 2016 and have not looked back!

Accountancy Learning has provided me with both the independence to work to my own schedule and capability as well as offer the support of my Tutor Jenna when I have struggled .

I have now completed my professional synoptic and am awaiting my results and have completed my portfolio with a competent result from the AAT. With out the support that I have received I really don’t believe I would have had the motivation to push through those difficult units so I am extremely grateful for my tutors help and persistence.

I wanted to complete my portfolio before I started to prepare for my professional synoptic so  that I had no distractions upon my synoptic studies and revision. Therefore I prepared my reflective statements at the end of each module refereeing them back to the AAT portfolio standards. This meant once I had completed all of my modules I only had to produce a final report combining elements of each of the reflective statements. I felt that this would help me avoid any distractions  from revising the professional units.

Upon starting my AAT I was determined to complete the AAT Qualification and be finished.

I am now looking at whether to continue and take additional AAT units and possibly progress onto CIMA.

Personal Tutor Jenna said:

Caitlin has been studying with us since September 2016 and has been my student for a lot of this time. She has shown dedication to her studies and kept me entertained with her stories about her revision posters and how she has plastered these around her office and bedroom walls.

Whilst working on the professional level, she ensured she was using her Individual Learning Plan to keep her focused on juggling both her AAT studies and portfolio for the Apprenticeship. As soon as an AAT exam was complete she would spend her next study session getting her reflections up to date, building the evidence and asking for advice and feedback. Caitlin has continually showed her commitment to studies and along with her employer they purchased further texts to give her more practice in the synoptic build up…she sat her exam last week and she is already thinking about the next stage and debating another AAT optional module!


Star Student June 2019: Sarah Morell

Having worked in the education sector for around 8 years, I decided on a new career in accountancy.

With no previous accounting experience, I chose the AAT Foundation Certificate, as I wanted to do an easily accessible, self-study course, whilst working full-time.

The course with Accountancy Learning is well structured, easy to work through and good value for money!

Each unit is broken down into several sessions, with comprehensive resources for each session, excellent exam revision activities and practice assessments. I have passed both Bookkeeping modules with Distinctions and hope to do the same with the remaining three exams!


Star Student May 2019: Louise Putt

My name is Louise Putt and I am currently 20 years old. I started working at Bishop Fleming in September 2017 and began my level three AAT apprenticeship in February 2018 after completing my probationary period.

Before I began my accounting career, I went to Queen Elizabeth’s Academy and completed A Levels in Business, PE and Biology, achieving ABB in my exams. I then started working as an apprentice at Bishop Fleming in the following September.

Outside of work, I am a keen sports person and currently play netball in division one at the University League with my team Thorverton Stone. I also play for the team in the Crediton League, where we have recently won the winter league and complete the season undefeated. I enjoy horse riding where I used to compete in show jumping, eventing and dressage, but more recently have taken a step back from the competitions but continue to ride our horses in my spare time. I have also recently completed the Bath Half Marathon and looking out for my next challenge!

I am a very active member of young farmers and have recently completed my year as Secretary for my own club which involved organising a Grand Ball for 500 people, organising events for our members and all the associated admin and taking minutes at meetings. I have competed in numerous sports, speaking and entertainment competitions. With my public speaking, I have won the “Best Chairman Award” at the National Final in Stafford and have recently won the Intermediate Brainstrust at the South West Area round. Whilst competing in the entertainments, our team have represented the South West of England and performed at the National Final at the Blackpool Pavilion three times.

I live at home with my parents on the family farm, where my Dad farms beef and sheep which I help with when needed. 

Also, I have been a buddy to several new members of staff, and this has been a great opportunity for my development. Every person that I have been a buddy to at BF has been very different and therefore this opportunity has helped me develop my interpersonal skills.

I have been volunteering with young enterprise since September 2018 as a business advisor. My role has been to advise the team on their business decisions and be a point of contact if they need help

During my time with young enterprise, I also did a presentation to all the financial advisors in the area on how to generate their balance sheet and profit and loss account for the yearend report. I also included the double entry basics and other accounting basics that may be useful to the teams.

by having employees volunteering with young enterprise, it is a great way for Bishop Fleming to spread the word about the firm, and also meet their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives

I am also very excited that I have recently been asked by the area manager to join the Young Enterprise board from September.

I have also attended TEDx Exeter for the past two years as a representative for Bishop Fleming and have had the opportunity to attend the talks. The talks have been incredibly insightful and very interesting. It’s great to get out of the office and talk to lots of new people and learn lots about global issues such as mental health, global warming and physical wellbeing.

As part of Bishop Fleming’s ‘Bright Futures’ programme this year, I took part in their ‘Well Being Week’. During this week, I took part in an afternoon session of kayaking, attended a talk from a nutritionist, a talk on financial wellbeing and a talk from a physiotherapist on how to stay healthy in the work place. This was a very interesting week and got us all thinking about being healthier people in the office

Once a year, Bishop Fleming opens its doors to School Leavers and University Graduates to come and visit the office and talk to us about working for Bishop Fleming and accountancy as a profession. This year I was asked to take part in the evening and spent time with six different groups of people, talking about my daily role in the office, and my route into accountancy.

Recently, I took a trip to London with the AAT to help make new study support videos and do some photos for new marketing material. I had never done anything like this before and was a great experience to be in front of a professional film set. I also really enjoyed visiting the head office of the AAT and looking forward to seeing the new study support videos (and using it!!).

This year, I am also volunteering at work to help with the Exeter Business Games.


Star Student April 2019: Yelena Allton

The support I’ve had from Accountancy Learning is second to none: my tutor is always on hand to answer any questions I have via email (no matter how small!) and there are regular evening sessions available to drop into. Simon really knows his stuff, and his ability to remember every students name sets Accountancy Learning apart from other training providers – he values every student and genuinely wants you to succeed. This bolsters my confidence, as I prepare for my Level 3 Synoptic Exam.

Personal Tutor Chrissy says:

Yelena is an impressive student showing consistently high scores in her level 3 AAT exams. It is a pleasure to support a student who is super organised and dedicated. Yelena has a clear communication style and responds very well to feedback, recognising areas for growth and development. It is also great to see Yelena grow from strength to strength making the most of the opportunities she is provided within her place of work. Well done Yelena!

Simon says:

Yelena is a seriously committed employee. She is ambitious and totally focused on her work and studies.


Star Student March 2019: Vikki Blaszcyk

After graduating from Bath Spa University in 2015 with a Business Degree, I began my first full time position as an Accounts Administrator where I have enjoyed working within a small team. During the first year of my employment I wanted to further develop my knowledge and understanding of accountancy which led me to AAT and the distance learning course. At first, I was slightly apprehensive of undertaking a solo professional qualification, but with excellent support from my tutor and accountancy learning staff, it has helped build my confidence.

I have received great support from my employer which enabled me to take time away from work in order to take the exams. I managed to pass AAT Level 2 within 9 months and I obtained a very rewarding mark of 97% and a Distinction. This course has not just expanded my knowledge of accountancy and but also allowed me to undertake further responsibility in the workplace.

In Autumn 2017 I began AAT Level 3 in Accounting. As expected, I found this more demanding, however the fantastic support from my tutor Pat helped me overcome the challenges I faced. After completing my first 2 Unit exams within Level 3, I frustratingly damaged a nerve in my arm, which resulted in me having to temporarily pause my studies. In addition to this, I also received news that my stepdad had been diagnosed with advanced cancer. I vividly remember the phone call with my tutor, when I informed her that I would have to put my studies on hold whilst I dealt with these personal matters, in that moment Pat provided me with incredible support and advice including explaining the options available to me. I will be forever grateful for her help! Considering I have never met Pat she has been very supportive and has guided me throughout, my tutor has always been there for me either via email or just a simple phone call away, she has guided me through my struggles. After resuming my studies and extending my course I was able to pass Level 3 with a Merit at 87%. Being within 3% of a distinction made me proud of my achievement, however I don’t feel this would have been possible without my amazing, supportive and helpful tutor, family and friends.

I am now looking forward to starting Level 4 and learning more about what I enjoying doing everyday within my job and extending my accountancy skills. With still a lot of learning ahead of me, each small step counts towards a successful career within Accountancy.

Personal Tutor Pat Leahy says:

Vikki has had to overcome some difficult health and family troubles during the course of her Level 3 studies.   Many students have to deal with problems that get in the way of their studies, but what has made Vikki stand out for me is the upbeat way she has faced her problems and managed her studies round them.   Her ability to stay cheerful despite everything has been admirable and I am delighted that she has achieved a high Merit in the Advanced Diploma.   Many congratulations Vikki.


Star Student February 2019: David Gillies

Having gone straight to work after college and then changing careers after I lost a job in the financial sector at the start of the banking crash to pursue a (highly successful) career in international motor racing as pit crew, i’ve long felt my CV never truly reflected by academic capabilities. I’m now looking at a further career change back to finance and the opportunity to study AAT via distance learning has and will open previously closed doors to me whilst allowing me to study at a pace that suits me. My target of completing all three AAT levels within 18 months at distinction level remains an achievable target and will be able to help me transition back into ‘the real world’ at some point in the near future.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my time studying, and with the continued support of my tutor Robert and the accountancy learning team I (Shockingly) look forward to each exam and then building towards a future that will include further studying in finance and accounting and hopefully a successful career!

Personal Tutor Robert Law says:

I nominated David for star student because he started studies at the beginning of 2018 and by the end of the year he had completed levels 2 and 3, with distinctions and passed two level 4 exams with 90%+ pass marks.  He has shown a determination not just to succeed, but succeed at the highest standard.


Star Student January 2019: Denise Vincent

I first began studying for AAT late in January 2018. I had been researching accounting courses on the internet when I came across Accountancy Learning in Barnfield Crescent in Exeter. The reviews were excellent and after I visited them, I knew this was the place for me to begin my studies. I was assigned a tutor, Pete Freeman, who I have to say has been amazing. He is extremely knowledgeable and has helped me enormously, I cannot thank him enough for his time and patience.

I am 53 years old and have been in Banking since the age of 16. Late in December 2017 I was notified of redundancy and to be honest was a little apprehensive about my future. Although the world of finance was very familiar to me, I knew absolutely nothing about accounts. My final day at the Bank was to be 28th June and so I started the course with the intention of getting a job in accounts. At first I found it very difficult…debits and credits mean different things in the Banking world and my brain had been hard wired.

After a while however, things began to make a lot more sense. I continued to work full time at the Bank while studying in the evenings. One day at work I was approached by a customer who had a vacancy in the offices where she worked. I was really pleased to hear that the vacancy was in accounts, so I went along for an interview and got the job. My employer was really interested in the AAT studies and said that was what he was looking for. He felt it showed commitment and hoped it would help the business in the long term. I finished at the Bank in late June and started my new job on 2nd July.

I am nearly at the end of the course now, and have quite a bit of experience in accounts already. I can honestly say that Accountancy Learning has helped me to achieve such a lot and I cannot thank them enough.

Personal Tutor Pete Freeman says:

Denise lives in Teignmouth, Devon and has been studying level 2 with me. When she started with me she had been working for one of the major banks for years, but had recently been told that her branch was being closed and that she would be made redundant within months. Rather than putting her head in the sand, Denise was very proactive and decided to upskill herself with an AAT qualification. While working her last months in the bank and being under some stress with the prospect of being out of work in the near future she battled through her studies. She is another success story as she managed to secure a job in accounts with a shipping company in Teignmouth. This came at almost the perfect time – around the time of her redundancy. She she moved onto her Using Accounting Software unit just at the same time she was being exposed to computerised accounting at work which was came in handy. She is now very close to taking her last exam.


Star Student December 2018: Sunitha Kammila

“I started studying AAT at Level 2 in February and completed Level 2 & 3 by the end of June 2018 now onto Level 4. I never thought I would be able to do it quickly. This helped me to improve my knowledge and update my qualifications to increase my opportunities. I did feel that it was something that I should have attempted long ago but having two young children, work and generally a busy life there never seemed the time for anything like that. I have taken Accounting classes with different provider where I never got a support from them. Thanks to Accounting Learning, I finally understand the Accounting concepts and finally got my dream job as Finance Assistant.  I wish I would have found them YEARS ago. Thank you so much for providing an excellent tutor who is always ready to help and guide. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” 

Personal Tutor Pete Freeman says:

“Sunitha started with me on AAT level 2. She had no experience in accounts, but was very determined and whizzed through both levels 2 and 3. She’s managed to go through at lightning speed despite struggling with English being her second language. Recently she got her first job in accounts (her reason for starting AAT), but has decided to be very brave and continue her studies with level 4. Despite the challenge of written questions she is persevering. Not only is she always positive, she does not give up when the studying brings challenges. She is interested in starting her own bookkeeping business in the future.”



Star Student November 2018: Sarah Giles

I graduated university 8 years ago so the thought of studying again after a change in career was a daunting prospect. However, I found that I enjoyed the style of learning provided by Accountancy Learning, their prep tests helped me gain confidence in my knowledge before taking the assessments.

Shortly after I started L3 I fell pregnant, which meant I had to bring forward my exams considerably in order to pass the unit before I left for maternity leave. With the support of my tutor Shannon and all the staff at Accountancy Learning, who were all very helpful and accommodating throughout my pregnancy, I was overjoyed to have achieved a distinction in my AAT L3, just before the birth of my son Jasper. I am now enjoying the time off to look after Jasper but look forward to returning to complete my L4 qualification.

Personal Tutor Shannon Dodd says:

“Sarah is an Advanced level apprentice of mine, who has shown copious amounts of dedication and hard work. Shortly after her studies began she shared the most amazing news that she was expecting her first child.

I admire Sarah for her decision to then throw herself into her studies in the attempt to qualify before baby was due, instead of giving up. Despite loving being a ‘mummy to be’ she has not had it easy with her pregnancy, but despite this she has shown continuous commitment to her studies, submitting work regularly with good grades.

Sarah has shown up for drop in study sessions when unwell but insisted she stayed and kept her head in her books in order to achieve. I admire her determination and am pleased to say that she is about to sit her final exam on Friday, and I have every faith she will do very well with it.

She should take great pride in the fact she will achieved her AAT Advanced Level studies, at the same time as getting ready for motherhood. Wishing Sarah and her husband the biggest of congratulations on their baby boy once he finally makes his appearance!”


Star Student October 2018: Lucie Preest

“I started studying AAT at Level 3 in January 2018 as changes at work made me feel that I needed to improve my knowledge and update my qualifications to increase my opportunities. I did feel that it was something that I should have attempted long ago but having two young children, work and generally a busy life there never seemed the time for anything like that. Home study was easier than I had expected and I managed to fit it in around everything else as and when was convenient. I have really enjoyed stretching my brain again and learning so much. I achieved better grades in all my exams than I ever expected and it has given me the confidence in myself to continue to Level 4 and even consider further study after that.”

Personal Tutor Pat Leahy said:

“From the start of her course, Lucie set to and worked hard and conscientiously, passing all her exams at the first attempt and ahead of schedule.  This is a great achievement for anyone, but add in Lucie’s family and work commitments and her Distinction in the Advanced Diploma is a remarkable feat.  Congratulations Lucie, and good luck with the Professional Diploma.”


Star Student September 2018: Stuart McIndoe

“I have been studying my AAT Level 3 qualification since October 2017 and have found it very useful to my role as Finance Officer in my day job.  I have several years’ experience in accounting and thought it would be useful to reinforce my experience with further study.  I started the study with good momentum and managed to get my first few exams completed within just a few months, achieving a mark that I was very happy with.  More recently, I have had to give up my weekly ‘in office’ study period which has meant that my study has slowed slightly and inevitably, my enthusiasm has dipped.  I work quite a lot of evenings as a military musician on top of my day job which can be quite tiring and I find that my study can be lower down the list of priorities.  I tend to take my books with me wherever I go so that I can steal a few minutes of reading here and there.  I have managed to keep everything going and am in my final 2 modules now, still managing to maintain the high marks I achieved in the early stages of study.”  

And from ALHQ:

Stuart is being far too modest! So far, he has achieved 99% on his Advanced Level exams and to do that, on top of a full time job and many evenings spent on military band practice, is pretty amazing! 

Star Student July 2018: Francesca Chapman

“I never really knew what I wanted to do as a career, although I did hold down a full-time job as a logistics manager for an events company for 7 years. Unfortunately, at the beginning of 2018 I got made redundant and took that as an opportunity to push forward and find something that was really right for me. Having worked closely with the accountant and bookkeepers over the years, I’d started to realise that bookkeeping was something that really interested me, so I looked into AAT courses as I had been recommended them as a good place to start.

I found Accountancy Learning online and sent a ridiculously long e-mail full of questions but got a lovely, helpful response back and I knew they were the right people for me! I have loved studying my Level 2 course with them and I think the Moodle, coupled with the test for each section really helped me learn and to make sure I had grasped each topic before I moved on. I have now moved onto the Level 3 course and am enjoying that just as much.

I really feel this is a start of a new career for me and can’t thank Accountancy Learning enough for all of their help so far.”

Her tutor Prue said “Francesca started her AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course in February 2018 and completed it in June 2018 (that’s just 5 months). Not only that, she achieved a Distinction, with all her marks being 97% and above – absolutely brilliant! Throughout her course, Francesca has had the most amazing attitude and focus towards her studies. She always set study goals for herself and always managed to stick to them, which just shows what can be done if you are enthusiastic and disciplined like Francesca is.

Francesca has been an absolute delight to work with – all credit to you!”


Star Student June 2018: Emma Coles

“When I was 17 years old, I went to an Accountancy firm for 2 weeks work experience. I hated every minute! I thought being sat down in front of computer all day just wasn’t for me. After finishing my diploma in Business Studies, I went and worked in business starting at the bottom, answering the phone and taking bookings. I worked in every department, including sales, to then end up in the finance department. I loved it, computers weren’t boring after all. 

I wanted to learn more, so I started level 2 AAT with Accountancy Learning. After finishing my Level 2, I decided I needed to go travelling before I settled down in my career choice. 8 months later I return to the UK to find a job in practice, as I found I really did like working with numbers after all! 

I have completed level 3, now onto level 4. I have found studying hard work, trying to find the energy and time hasn’t been easy, but after completing the first exam of Personal Tax, I am now motivated to get my head down and crack on with the rest. I am very excited for the future; with MTD (Making Tax Digital) starting in April 2019, I have been very involved at work with encouraging our clients to move to the cloud and making sure they are ready for the changes ahead.” 

Her tutor Chrissy said “Emma has transitioned well over to myself as her new tutor and I am very impressed to see such a strong dedicated student. I believe Emma has a bright future ahead of her as she is very good at grasping opportunities and diligently works away at her studies. When she faces a challenge with her studies she has worked through feedback, dedicating time to her learning and actively reaching out for support. I have no doubt Emma shall strive to be an asset to her employers as she is clearly focused on the pathway ahead of her.”  


Star Student March 2018: Jonathan Lee

“After gaining a Maths degree I spent a few years as a Trainee Actuary before returning to Devon to work in the family business, largely on the accounts and admin side. After twenty years doing that, I sold my share to my brother (who still runs the business) and I fell into the job of Manager at my local golf club. After 10 years I decided on a change of direction (in 2016), so quit that role and had my long overdue ‘gap year’.

Several people enquired about help with their bookkeeping – there seemed to be a general misunderstanding that I was an accountant – so I sought some formal qualification in that area. I discovered AATQB so then sought a training provider, only to eventually discover that I was doing so on the day that the syllabus changed!

Accountancy Learning were the first provider that I found with the new syllabus online and were also conveniently placed just a few miles from home (and my goddaughter happened to work in their office)! I signed up to include tutor support as I found that the requirement to submit papers helped to maintain a competitive element. I achieved AATQB and then completed the full Level 3. Then, having decided against the self-employed route, I found a part-time role in a local accountancy practice, so I thought I would complete the course through to Level 4.

At an advanced age I am no longer trying to build a career but may yet choose to continue my studies along with the part-time work and frequent laps of the golf course!”

And from ALHQ:

Jonathan is being far too modest – what is most impressive about his achievement is that he completed his Foundation Bookkeeping, Advanced Diploma and the Professional Diploma (with a Distinction no less!) in just over a year; absolutely brilliant Jon, you are a very worthy winner of our March STAR Student award!

Star Student February 2018: Lesley Ratcliffe

Lesley has not only completed her Advanced Diploma in Accounting but also achieved an extremely high marks for her exams!

  • AVBK – 99%
  • FAPR – 97%
  • IDRX – 96%
  • MMAC – 97%
  • AVSY – 97%

Lesley hasn’t done any qualifications since school before she started AAT and wasn’t sure how well she would do, but she proved not only to us but to herself that she is capable of achieving anything with her hard work and driven personality.

Well done Lesley!

Lesley said: ‘Thank you for your kind words, I was so relieved just to pass the synoptic that I think I’m only just realising it was a bit more than just a pass!’

Star Student December 2017: Iesha Chaney

Iesha has recently finished studying her Certificate in Accounting, which she started in December 2016. She has worked hard to complete her exams ahead of schedule, as well as passing all first time and receiving a ‘Distinction’ overall.

Tutor Jenna says that: “Iesha has been in regular contact, ensuring she has sent through all of her work for marking – which of course has been a pleasure to mark. She has been very driven and has studied really hard whilst also working full time. Iesha has been very positive with all exams and I look forward to keeping her as a student for the Diploma level – keep up the great work Iesha!”

Iesha said: “I spend most of my spare time taking part in Young Farmers activities! We’re busy practicing for the Winter Entertainment competition…which this year is Pantomime…in which I am playing the Principal Boy!

In October I came to the end of my year as Assistant Secretary for my local Young Farmers Club, and I hope to take on more club roles in the future.”

Star Student October 2017: Tasha Harding

Sophie is currently studying for her AAT Certificate in Accounting. Having started her studies in June 2016, she passed her 3rd exam just before Christmas and will soon be sitting her 4th, with an expected end date in the Spring, well within 12 months of starting.

She is a conscientious, enthusiastic and hard worker, who takes the time to make sure she truly understands each topic before sitting the exam – and has consequently flown through them. She is prepared to ask questions when she is not sure of something and listens and learns from the feedback, applying it to her next piece of work.

She doesn’t get depressed by her mistakes – she is happy to learn from them and use them to motivate her further.

This positive attitude to her studies is mirrored at work, where she has been shortlisted as Chairman’s Young Person Award 2016.

Star Student May 2017: Pete Freeman

Whilst on holiday in Crete (May 2015), Pete fell from a 4th floor balcony onto solid concrete. Pete fractured his right ankle, knee, femur, his pelvis, both arms, ribs, collar bone and jaw. He also suffered some internal injuries and was unconscious for 3 weeks. After 5 weeks, he was taken by stretcher on a plane back to the UK for another 5 weeks in hospital in Plymouth.

Prior to his accident, Pete had worked in a restaurant and in retail management, but had always enjoyed the accountancy element to the roles. He realised that he would probably never be able to stand for long enough to go back to his previous line of work. Despite this, he somehow managed to keep positive and in April 2016, he began his AAT journey. On 1st June 2016, Pete progressed to AAT Level 3 and on 3rd November, he started his AAT Level 4. As at 5th May 2017, Pete only has one Level 4 exam left (Business Tax), which he plans to sit at the end of the month.

Since Pete’s accident, he has been in and out of hospital for multiple operations, leading to hospital stays of over 3 weeks. Even this did not dampen Pete’s spirits. He managed to turn the area close to his hospital bed into a ‘study area’ and even persuaded the nurses to allow him to leave hospital (in-between IV antibiotic doses) with a cannula protruding from his arm, in order to sit an exam!

Still on crutches, Pete will have completed all three AAT Levels in just over a year. WOW! All of us at Accountancy Learning are so proud of him.


Star Student January 2017: Sophie Davey

“I am currently studying AAT Level 2 as part of my apprenticeship. My current job role is a Finance Apprentice at Somerset County Council. My future career aspirations are to become a fully qualified accountant.”

Personal Tutor Shannon Dodd says:

Sophie is currently studying for her AAT Certificate in Accounting. Having started her studies in June 2016, she passed her 3rd exam just before Christmas and will soon be sitting her 4th, with an expected end date in the Spring, well within 12 months of starting.

She is a conscientious, enthusiastic and hard worker, who takes the time to make sure she truly understands each topic before sitting the exam – and has consequently flown through them. She is prepared to ask questions when she is not sure of something and listens and learns from the feedback, applying it to her next piece of work.

She doesn’t get depressed by her mistakes – she is happy to learn from them and use them to motivate her further.

This positive attitude to her studies is mirrored at work, where she has been shortlisted as Chairman’s Young Person Award 2016.”