A NEW course has been launched to give students the chance to become accountants.

Riverside College is offering part time Association of Accounting Technology (AAT) courses and apprenticeships.

AAT accounting qualifications are well respected and sought after by employers.

The college ia proud to be able to offer these high quality internationally recognised qualifications which are being taught by high quality industry experienced tutors.

Students Ella Whitfield and Luke Purcell were among the first students to enrol for a professional diploma in accounting.

Ella is the first part time learner while Luke is the first accounting apprentice who also works at FC Accounts in Widnes alongside his studies.

Joanne Martin, head of business and IT at Riverside College, said: “It is very exciting for us to be able to launch our AAT Accounting Academy.

"These professional AAT qualifications can enable students to begin high flying careers in the profession without the need to attend university and open up a whole new range of accounting apprenticeships at all levels.

“We are already welcoming a new cohort of students and prestigious employers are placing their accountancy apprenticeships with our new provision.

"We welcome enquiries from potential students, apprentices and employers.”