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ICS Real Stories: Ian | AAT Advanced & Professional Diploma Review



Ian studied out AAT Advanced & Professional Diploma with us so he could back up his professional experience with an accredited and respected accounting qualification.


In January 2017 I started the AAT Advanced and Professional Diploma in Accounting with ICS Learn.

I was already a Finance Director an established transport company, so I could skip the Foundation level but felt that the courses would give me more confidence in areas as well as a qualification to show I was trained in my field.

Much of my learning up to this point had come through experience over 19 years in business administration, general management and then financial management.

Distance learning seemed the best fit as I would not have time to attend daytime courses and with a young child needed to be able to work around the family.

ICS Learn ranked highly on Google searches, I liked the website & other people’s reviews of the company, also offering a more affordable route than others considered.

On 9th May 2019, I finished my last module Business Tax resulting in a Merit qualification overall. Just over two years to complete the Diploma seemed a good return, distance learning may not have the focus & deadlines as classroom-based courses, but at times it was necessary to put down the books for a few months.

Tutor support was always helpful, quick and very friendly. At times I had to reach out for advice which was always constructive and understanding.

I always made sure to let them know how I got on in the exam and to thank them when the result came through, as they were important in my achievements.

I would recommend ICS Learn to others seeking to gain qualifications through distance learning.

I feel that I have the qualification to back up my professional work and to give me security should the unforeseen arise and I must gain other work elsewhere.


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