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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 gift 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 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!”

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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.”  

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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.”