We have industry-leading tutors

Our teaching staff have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to finance, and it's not just us who think that. Karen Walker, one of our Witney-based tutors, was crowned Tutor of the Year at the 2019 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Training Provider Awards.

Profit from our AAT expertise

The college has been shortlisted for the Medium-sized AAT Training Provider of the Year Award three years running due to the strength of our accounting career pathway.

Do you have a head for numbers and enjoy problem-solving?

Accounting has a crucial role to play in businesses of all sizes, whether it is consulting and advising for a larger organisation or bookkeeping for a local business.

Gaining the correct qualifications is key to this line of work, along with being self-motivated and determined to succeed.

We have history when it comes to successfully training new accountants and retraining those who want to change their careers.

As you advance through your AAT levels, mastering financial processes and practices, you will work in small but interactive classes alongside other dedicated learners and professionals, giving you more contact time with tutors and 1:1 support should you need it.

Careers in this area have the potential to be lucrative and lead you into lots of different industries, making AAT qualifications a fantastic stepping stone into accountancy.

Karen Walker

Karen Walker

Karen has worked at the College for 15 years, teaching on the accounting courses from Level 2 to Level 4, following on from her career in finance.

"The AAT courses have changed people's lives and I love hearing how well my students have done after achieving their qualification. I am very privileged to teach such hard working and dedicated students on our Accounting courses at Abingdon & Witney College. It is my mission to make the classes a supportive but challenging environment that they look forward to."

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Previous school:
Bartholomew School

Maths was always my strongest subject and my ambition was always to work as an accountant.

At college, there is much more independence than at school and I like the fact I study the subject I'm most interested in. Meeting new people and the balance between work and college is what I enjoy most about studying here.

Karen is a really good teacher and gives you individual attention, and there is also access to lots of useful resources.

When I achieve Level 4, I will hopefully be promoted at work and depending on my results, I'm hoping to do ACCA in September.


Previous school:
Henry Box School

I have previously done AAT Level 2 as an apprentice and Level 3 as an employee. Coming back to college to do Level 4, I really enjoy the learning experience, the fact that our class is small and we all support each other. Everyone wants to be there, so we achieve a lot.

Karen is really supportive and friendly and goes out of her way to give extra help. The course means I can apply what I learn at work, with lots of topics in a broad range of areas covered.

Originally after finishing school, I applied for university but I saw the AAT apprenticeship and decided to go down that route. My employer then offered me the chance to study higher levels.


Because of the job I am in and that the college is local to where I live in Witney, this course has worked out well for me. I also have a friend who had already finished the Level 3 qualification and she'd recommended the course and the college.

I'm enjoying being back learning, coming back as a mature learner – it's not a subject I had to do, I'm learning for myself, meeting new people and it's great!

Over time at my work I've completed my Level 2, on my Level 3 and aiming to potentially study Level 4.

Your future career

Accounting Technician

Accounts Clerk

Chartered Accountant

Corporate Treasurer

Finance Journalist

Finance Officer

Investment Analyst

Payroll Administrator


Tax Advisor