Students celebrate 100% pass rate

Students celebrate 100% pass rate

AAT Level 4 Accounting part-time students, with tutors Sarah Hartshorn (far left) and Les Ritchie (far right)

Accounting students from Shrewsbury College are celebrating after 100 per cent of them passed their first exam of the year – breaking a college record and beating the national average pass rate!

The group of 15 part-time Level 4 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) students, smashed the national average pass rate of 66.5 per cent and the average international pass rate of 48.7 per cent – giving them a tremendous boost for upcoming year.

The ‘Financial Statements’ exam was sat in late December and results were published this week.

Sarah Hartshorn, Accounting tutor at the College, said: “We are really proud of them and they all worked really hard to achieve this.

“This is the first time that this has ever happened at the College. We pride ourselves on always beating the national average pass rate – achieving an average of 80-85per cent – but this was a huge result and a great way to start the year. We can tell it has given our students a confidence boost and it has given them a positive attitude towards their preparation work for their next exam.”

Students must complete five exams in total as part of the AAT Level 4 qualification.

Accounting student and apprentice at Whittingham Riddell, Brett Evans, 20, from Telford, said: “This was our first exam of the year and I know everyone worked really hard for this. I’m happy we all passed first time – it’s a great achievement. Level 4 is definitely more challenging than Level 2 and 3 and more revision is definitely required, but it obviously paid off. Hopefully we can keep up the trend for the rest of the year.”

“I started at the College on the Level 2 course and have progressed up to Level 4. Being an Apprentice gives you a good balance between ‘student life’ and ‘work life’.”

Anna Howarth, 20 from Much Wenlock, studies alongside Brett on the Level 4 AAT course and is also an apprentice with Whittingham Riddell, she said: “We’re all really happy with the collective result, none of us really knew how well we did or didn’t do during the exam as it was the first exam of this level we’d taken, and the work is much more in-depth than the previous level.

“Quite a lot of the group are apprentices, so generally we all work whilst studying, which definitely helps. It means we get to put what we learn in the classroom in to practice on a day to day basis.”

“Before starting my advanced Apprenticeship I had applied to university, but I knew I didn’t really want to go. When I looked into other options I was surprised to find that an Apprenticeship can give you the same level of qualification as a degree – depending on which level you do.

“The Apprenticeship route is definitely better suited to me because it has meant I didn’t have to move away to study at university and instead of paying to get a qualification I’m being paid to get one.”

For more information Accounting courses at Shrewsbury College, please call 01743 342411 visit the website www.shrewsbury.ac.uk or you can follow the College on Facebook: ShrewsburyCollege, Twitter: @ShrewsburyCol and Instagram: shrewsbury_college

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