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Part-Time AAT Accountancy

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Part-Time AAT Accountancy


Lesley is a Finance Manager for a charity called SNU Trust based in Stanstead. Lesley studied part-time Accountancy alongside her full-time job in order to progress in her career and is now fully qualified in AAT levels 2, 3 & 4, completing in May 2018.

Starting out

Lesley said she “fell into this career after working for banks when I left school.” She moved very quickly into the industry when she discovered she had “transferable skills.”

Why HRC?

After a few years, Lesley decided to take a career break. However, she found when returning to the industry that she needed formal qualifications to be able to do the job she wanted, “a QBE was no longer acceptable in my area of work.” Lesley chose HRC as it was close to home for her and the AAT Part-time course covered all of the skill aspects she needed to progress further within her job role. The course covered aspects such as bookkeeping, company accounts and the consolidation of accounts. After completion of the course, Lesley said, “I now have the confidence to fulfill my role to the best of my ability and be sure that I have the skills and understanding to ensure that the charity I work for puts into place good business practices.”

“I definitely recommend HRC, although I would urge anyone thinking of doing this course to ensure you have the time to devote to it as it is a big commitment but ultimately worth the effort!”

Tell us more about yourself and how the qualification has helped you

“I’m the Finance Manager for a charity and oversee all things including office admin, investments with brokers, consolidation of Ltd Co accounts over three sites, partial exemption VAT, bank accounts, management accounts, budgets, anything at all really!

In the past, the organisation would be guided by our auditors in terms of how we need to do things to ensure we stayed compliant with statutory regulations. Whilst we still get the guidance, it’s now assumed that the person in this role has the understanding to implement annd agree on any changes, rather than asking how to make them. In addition, a better grasp of the consolidation process means that I can ensure records are kept that help our auditors to review our accounts much more quickly resulting in much lower accounting costs for the charity at the year-end. It’s also rather nice to understand what’s being explained during our audit rather than keeping notes and going away to work what they were talking about later!

Going forward should I wish to move on to another job, I have the formal qualification to back up my CV as much of what I have done is QBE.”

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