Laura Lanni completed the BAcc (Bachelor of Accounting) degree right here at South Lanarkshire College in May 2016. The degree programme which is run in partnership with The University of the West of Scotland provides a pathway for students to start their study at South Lanarkshire College at Foundation Apprenticeship or NC level and progress all the way to year three undergraduate degree level, all while remaining on the South Lanarkshire College campus.
Laura Lanni spoke to us about her time on the course
“Completing the BAcc qualification at South Lanarkshire College was the natural progression for me”
said Laura “After completing my HND at the College. The BAcc was a great opportunity to continue my studies with the lecturers and fellow students that I’d built up good relationships with over the previous two years. I loved the locality of the course”
said Laura from Newlandsmuir, East Kilbride “and I was keen to complete the degree level of the qualification, so I’d be able to gain a number of exemptions with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
“I also enjoyed the college experience compared to being in a university setting, originally when I left school I attended university for one year and I much preferred the smaller classroom sizes at South Lanarkshire College.
On completion of the course in 2016, Laura was awarded South Lanarkshire College
student of the Year and also won the University of the West of Scotland
Court Medal for Student of the Year (Laura is pictured below collecting her Court Medal in 2016). Laura then progressed to the UWS
Lanarkshire campus which is based in Hamilton to complete her honours degree year. Laura graduated with a first class honours degree in 2017 and returned later in the year to UWS
to complete further Continued Professional Development courses to ensure she had all ACCA
exemptions required to become a Chartered Accountant.
“I found the transition a positive one, during my time at SLC, the UWS course coordinator visited the college many times and many of the UWS lecturers made themselves available during my third year at SLC, so there were lots of familiar faces once I arrived at university.
I think the biggest transition was actually between my 2nd year (HND) and 3rd year (BAcc), the course material advanced technically and there was a shift to more independent learning. However, being able to go through this transition at SLC with the support of the lecturers made it a much more enjoyable experience, and I believe I was able to perform well academically due to this support.”
When asked what advice Laura would give to anyone thinking of applying for the BAcc course, Laura said “I would highly recommend the BAcc at South Lanarkshire College to anyone thinking of applying. Having had experience as a first year student at university and a first year student at college, the college experience felt far more beneficial.
By attending college, if your circumstances change or you no longer want to continue studying, you’ll still gain a recognised qualification each year (eg HNC, HND or BAcc). Having any of these qualifications is advantageous and can help greatly with a career in Accountancy”
Since leaving the course Laura’s career has gone from strength to strength, Laura explains “When I started my BAcc, South Lanarkshire College secured a placement for me at a local accounts firm. I worked there part time to get practical experience in areas such as payroll, tax, book keeping and accounts preparation, it was a great way to get hand on work experience while gaining my BAcc qualification “
Laura continued “In 2018 I moved to a much larger firm (Milne Craig Chartered Accountants) in line with beginning my professional level ACCA exams. Thanks to the SLC/UWS partnership I was able to gain all 9 exemptions with ACCA and only had my 4 professional level papers to sit, which is very unusual for graduates. I sat my first paper in September 2018 and last in December 2019 and I was delighted to be admitted as a member to ACCA in March 2020.
During my time at Milne Craig I’ve gained experience in preparing accounts for a variety of clients. I’ve also been involved in auditing. Since qualifying I’ve been responsible for leading audits across a variety of sectors”
Laura continued “Thanks to my experience at Milne Craig, I’m excited to say that I’ll soon be starting a new role as Audit Senior at Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants”.
“if you’re looking for a career in Accounts, I highly recommend undertaking the BAcc course at South Lanarkshire College, the opportunities that the college/UWS partnership can provide you with are endless. The thought of studying can be scary, however the support provided by the College and University is invaluable and each go above and beyond to help you achieve your potential”.
Thanks Laura, Congratulations on your continued success and good luck in your fantastic new role.