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GC receives Silver Learning Partner status with the ACCA

22 August 2017

Gloucestershire College is delighted to have been awarded Silver Learning Partner status by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which recognises its commitment to delivering the course to the highest standard whilst meeting the ACCA’s requirements. GC is the only provider with a 35 mile radius that has this status.

The ACCA is the global body for professional accountants and provides recognised qualifications, which prove an individual’s ability and competency in the field of accountancy. 

Supporting this new status, one Gloucestershire College student is celebrating an astonishing result in this qualification. 

Abby Keohane-Jones, who works for Volvo Commerce’s dedicated finance department as an Assistant Accountant, recently received a top result for the first module of her ACCA qualification. 

Abby’s hard work and determination secures amazing results    

Having worked in accountancy for five years, and previously completed AAT qualifications at Level 3 and 4 at Gloucestershire College, Abby has solidified her passion for working with numbers and continued her professional development.

An ambitious individual, Abby set herself the long-term goal of becoming a Chartered Accountant and running her own department as a Finance Manager; her next step was to enrol onto the ACCA Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 6). Having started the course in May, studying for three hours per week at the College, Abby has now completed the F9 module in Financial Management with an outstanding result of 83%.

Abby said: “I like how inclusive Gloucestershire College is; it is a real melting pot of people from all different backgrounds, and the facilities are bright and clean, with lots of places to study. It is also really useful that the ACCA modules run over different days, and at different times, so I could choose which modules I took based on when I was available. My tutor Lee was really helpful and friendly, with a real passion for teaching and the subject”.     

The flexible delivery of the ACCA modules through weekly class-based learning, combined with access to online learning materials, means that learners are able to incorporate the studies into their existing work and life commitments. In Abby’s case it allowed her to continue working in an accounting role– which will count towards the three years’ relevant accounting experience required to become a Chartered Accountant.   

Abby added: “The skills and knowledge I am developing whilst studying the ACCA qualification are really invaluable and make me immediately more employable. Also, the course at GC moves at a really good pace and is ideal for people who are studying whilst working, or who have other commitments to factor in such as families. I have found that other tuition providers tend to offer intensive six week courses which isn’t so ideal when you have lots of other commitments.”

Abby’s ACCA tutor at Gloucestershire College, Lee Pratt, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Abby, this result is richly deserved. She has probably achieved one of the highest marks in the country”.

Abby has moved on to the next module as well as a new accounting role. Settling into her position at Volo Commerce’s dedicated finance department, Abby is enjoying working in a larger finance team, and is one step closer to her goal.

If you would like to follow in Abby’s footsteps and start your journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant, visit

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