First Class BSc Degree for 3 of our students – Congratulations!

19th July 2018

We are pleased to announce notable achievements from three of our trainee accountants.

Luke Cottam, Will Watson and Alex Sawden have all been awarded First Class BSc Degrees in Accounting and Finance by BPP University in London. The degree is combined with the regular ACA papers which means that the three students will leave the programme with both their first class degree and the full ACA certificate. They will sit their advanced ACA papers in November 2018 with results due in January 2019.

Luke studied maths, law and psychology at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe prior to joining the firm in September 2013. He completed Level 3 AAT during his first year with Forrester Boyd and then moved on to the combined degree programme.

Luke said on his degree ‘It can be difficult balancing work and study at times but receiving a first has made it all worthwhile, and I am very happy with the achievement.’

Will agreed, ‘It has been difficult to find time for a social life while juggling full time work and a degree, the results put it all in perspective’.

Will began his training with the firm in August 2014 following his studies at John Leggott College, Scunthorpe.  He will begin studying for his last three ACA exams in August.

Alex joined us in November 2014 having studied at Franklin College previously. Alex works at our Grimsby office specialising in Audit.

Alex commented ‘Thank you to the firm for enrolling us onto the degree course, the grades that we all achieved is reflective of the support that the partners gave us throughout the degree programme.

Training partner, Kevin Hopper said: Luke, Will and Alex have had to put in a tremendous amount of work into the qualification and have been rewarded with this first class qualification – well done to all three.

Chantelle Ellis, Head of HR said: It was a gamble trialling these students on this new training programme and we are pleased that Will, Luke and Alex have done so well as to have achieved a first class degree. I have no doubt that by January they will all hold the prestigious ACA qualification too, and then they can finally get their social lives back!

Our firm currently has a 30+ strong team of trainees studying various accountancy, tax and financial services qualifications.  We employ over 160 people and are committed to the training and development of professionals in the Lincolnshire and Humber region.

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