Information event about accountancy at Suffolk New College on June 8

Caption: (from left, Sharon Bye - Programme Leader, Nicola McColl - L4 Accounting student (works at

Caption: (from left, Sharon Bye - Programme Leader, Nicola McColl - L4 Accounting student (works at Suffolk New College in finance department), Jordan King - L2 Accounting Apprentice (works at Suffolk New College in finance department), Deborah Ablitt - (works at Suffolk New College in finance department) past student L3 Accounting, Ryan Howe - L3 Apprentice (works at Suffolk New College in finance department), and Celia Laverick - Accounting Lecturer. - Credit: Archant

Find out more about careers in a recession-proof profession

There are some professions that offer a great prospect of long term employment.

Would you like a recognised qualification in one of the most recession-proof private sector professions in the UK?

According to a new study, accountancy has weathered recent economic turmoil far better than a host of other professions.

The analysis of ONS and professional industry data has revealed that the total salary bill in the accounting profession increased by 11.5% over the past 12 years – significantly outperforming other industries.

Now, anyone aged 19 or older who are keen on a career in accountancy are being invited to find out more at a Suffolk New College Information Event on Wednesday, June 8.

The event takes place at the central Ipswich campus from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

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The college is offering three part-time courses – a Foundation Certificate in Accounting, an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and a Professional Diploma in Accounting.

Sharon Bye, programme leader for business, travel and tourism, said an accounting qualification could lead to a well-paid, interesting and secure career.

“The courses Suffolk New College provides are great if you want to make a career change – you can work around your current job and it’s only a ten-month commitment,” she said

“They also suit people thinking about going back into work after a break. And, importantly, they lead to very solid careers.

“Unlike with the online courses that are out there, Suffolk New College offers a classroom teaching environment which is fully supported by expert tutors. There is a wealth of resources available outside of the classroom, too.

“There is no distance learning, so you are not out there on your own, and you can work with fellow students.”

Suffolk New College offers the globally-recognised AAT qualification, which is preferred by employers and demonstrates that students have the practical real-world skills required in the work place.

The introductory Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting prepares students for junior and entry level roles by providing a foundation in finance administration – covering areas such as bookkeeping and basic costing principles. The course is taught for three-and-a-half hours a week either in the afternoon or the evening, using industry-standard accounting software.

Students can then further develop their skills by going on to study the Advanced and Professional diplomas. All three courses are exam-based.

The information evening on June 8 will provide prospective students with the chance to speak to tutors and find out more about the many career opportunities the courses offer.

To find out more visit or call 01473 382200.