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Inspirational learner wins her way onto an university accounting course

09/10/2015
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An ambitious learner who completed an accounting course at Coleg y Cymoedd has won a fully funded three year course to become a chartered accountant.

Emma Linton who completed her Level 2, 3 and 4 AAT qualifications at Coleg y Cymoedd in July has gone on to win a funded 3 year ACCA course with NOW Careers and the University of South Wales.

Emma won the prestigious award at an all-day event in the Celtic Manor recently and has just begun her next step towards becoming a Chartered Accountant in September.

During three years of study at Coleg y Cymoedd Emma has had to overcome significant obstacles. Having progressed from Level 2 to Level 3 part time at college with a new full time job in finance and managing a non-traditional family with five children, Emma was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Emma brought forward her level 3 studies to ensure that she completed level 3 before her surgery. She underwent chemo and radio therapy during the summer of 2014, during which she started studying for her level four qualification. She went on to pass all of her exams on her first attempt. Studying through the summer holidays and taking annual leave in order to attend college, Emma achieved all of this with three children, two step children and working full-time. She also got engaged, planned a wedding, and got married ten days before her last exam.

Emma said: “The support from the college, and especially my tutor Alison Jones, was exceptional and far exceeded the job requirement. I am so very grateful to everyone who put themselves out to assist me reaching my goals. I am obviously delighted to have won the scholarship and am of course pleased with my achievements”

During her time at Coleg y Cymoedd Emma was also named as runner up for the ColegauCymru Learner of Year Award and attended the Awards Ceremony in Llandudno.  As this was around the time of Emma getting married, her course tutors even presented her with her certificate at her wedding.

Alison Jones: "When faced with difficult life challenges during the course, rather than make excuses, Emma made an even more determined effort to succeed. She is an inspiration to other mature students. Her story shows that with the right attitude and determination success is possible."

Emma has applied for a scholarship in order to complete her studies at university, become a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and has dreams of starting her own practice.

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