Dedicated Forth Valley students earn Scottish first after summer of study
Dedication and determination from teenage Accountancy students has added up to a Scottish first for Forth Valley College’s Foundation Apprenticeship programme.
Despite the impact of the pandemic lockdown cancelling exams, work placements and qualifications, the nine strong group of students worked through the summer holidays to get the desired results.
This led to six of the nine becoming Scotland’s only full FA Accountancy graduates, while three others achieving the National Progression Award and letters of recognition.
The students involved were: Izaac Fyall from Alva Academy , Max Gemmell from Bo’ness Academy, Sara Hendry from Larbert High School, Cameron Murphy and Paul Murphy from Alva Academy and Toni Philp from Alloa Academy all attained the full FA award.
Regane Lade and Flynn Cribb from Larbert High School and Cameron McMillan from St Modans High School received the NPA and a letter of recognition.
Jennifer Hogarth, curriculum manager in the Department of Business and Communities, said: “After discussions and encouragement from their college lecturers - Debbie Irvine, Leanne Inch and Kirsty Redfern - they took the very mature decision to continue with their studies throughout the summer holiday period and prepare for the exams when the college building re-opened in August.
“Lecturers set them tasks and study activities to complete, and they attended refresher workshops in August when the campus opened up safely again.
“I was over the moon at the positive and can do attitude of these pupils, and by the staff members supporting them. It has been one of the most challenging years for everyone, but the tenacity and commitment these young people demonstrated towards their studies was just remarkable.