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Lockdown Student Stories: Samantha | AAT Level 2 & 3

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Find out why Samantha Gaughan decided to upskill and kickstart her accountancy career by studying an AAT qualification online with us.


After dropping out of university a few years back for not enjoying my course, I felt quite low for a while as I didn’t know how I was going to work towards a successful career.

Accountancy had always been something that interested me as maths had always been my strong suit.

I have a friend who is an accountant and he stumbled across an ad for an online course in accountancy and suggested I gave it a try.


I began looking into online courses and when I found ICS Learn and contacted their support team, I knew I was going to enjoy studying with them and so I signed up for an AAT Level 2 qualification in Accountancy.


I was working full time as well as studying but I managed to complete the course in just under a year – passing all of my exams the first time thanks to my amazing tutor and the materials that ICS Learn provides.

Then when lockdown began, I thought, why not sign up for my Level 3? I’m working from home, unable to do many of the hobbies I used to do in my spare time, which has given me enough time to study.

I have found the materials are as useful as ever, with my tutor always on hand to help if I need her. I’m excited to start sitting my exams as soon as it is safe to do so.


I don’t currently work in the finance field but I do work for a growing company, who one day, will have an accounts department, and my bosses are confident that when I am qualified, I will be an asset to this department.


I can’t thank ICS Learn enough for the way they have helped give me hope and direction towards a career I know I will love.


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