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The professional business services department provides courses for those wishing to retrain or develop their career in the professions of accounting, HR, law, management and IT.

Our staff are highly qualified and include practising lawyers, chartered accountants, management and HR professionals.

We offer qualifications from a range of professional bodies, which are highly sought after by employers, including AAT (accountancy), CIPD (HR), Cliex (Law) and ILM (Management).

We also offer bespoke skills training for employers.

Learning Services

If you have an identified learning need and feel you may require support at college, find out about our Learning Services and the support available at college.

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Meet your tutor

Steve Howard

I have over 35 years of practical business experience, working in and running all sizes of private and family businesses, as well as starting my own private consultancy.

Working my way up the business ladder - with companies such as Polycell, Rothmans and Courage Beer - I spent 7 successful years as the sales and marketing director of a FTSE 100 company, responsible for such brands as Courvoisier, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët Champagnes, Tia Maria, Malibu, Teachers and Grant’s whiskeys, Harvey's Bristol Cream and many other household drink brands. I also had the opportunity to be seconded to run various other company divisions such as HR, logistics and production, which gave me the breadth of experience to start running various businesses as Managing Director; including setting up and growing the new UK arm of a German business into a £40 million turnover company in five years.

I now want to help the team at Kendal College become the central resource and hub of the local business community, giving support, advice and training in a practical and collaborative atmosphere.

Meet your tutor

Sinéad Kay

I am a chartered accountant with 12 year’s experience working in practice both in the UK (PwC) and in New Zealand (Ernst & Young). I have worked with many Blue Chip clients including Gap Clothing, Ford Motor Company and Manchester United. I have experience in audit and assurance, but my main area of expertise was corporation tax, including compliance and consultancy, with a specialism in Transfer Pricing. I currently volunteer with small local charities, providing accounting guidance and Independent Examination of accounts.

In 2010 I moved into education, and I have experience teaching across a range of qualifications in Accounting, Business and Economics, including ILM Leadership and Management courses and apprenticeships, AAT professional accounting courses, A levels, Foundation Degree in Business (UCLan) and vocational business courses.

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Jane Barker

I was employed in the industry in both the public and private sector, including in senior Human Resources roles and in specialist leadership and management roles such as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for the University of Cumbria, Organisational Development and responsible for Payroll within a medium-sized public sector body.

I have over 25 years’ experience with Human Resources and Leadership and Management with a professional curiosity in Coaching and Mentoring and Diversity. Moving into teaching over 10 years ago, I have taught level 3, 5 (degree) and 7 (post-graduate) at the University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire, Cambridge University and Oxford University.

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Lesley Postlethwaite

I studied AAT before going on to become a chartered accountant. I have 10 years’ experience of working in accounts in the industry, firstly working for a building company where I covered all aspects of accountancy including the sales and purchase ledgers and credit control. I also dealt with the VAT returns, stage payments and CIS deductions. I then worked for seven years as a Management Accountant for a privately owned Motorway Service Company where I prepared weekly, monthly and ad hoc management accounts, completed the VAT returns and collated the grants for a visitor centre. I also reconciled the control accounts and carried out internal audits throughout the company.

In education, I have 12 years’ experience of teaching AAT Professional accounting courses at Levels 1 to 4. I have also taught Business at BTEC and Foundation Degree (UCLan) levels.

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Jenny Holden

I am a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland with 35 years of practical experience in Business, Finance and Information Technology. Having trained in practice with Coopers & Lybrand for six years, I qualified in 1990, moved to work in Industry and settled into an exciting, high growth consulting career working with financial and business software solutions. I have an extensive background in process automation and technology solutions within large global enterprises, delivering in-depth industry-specific knowledge and expertise.

View our courses

Bookkeeping
Part-time 2 Sept 2021 16 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This short bookkeeping course delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It includes manual double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard. The qualification is valued by employers, and is suitable for those beginning a career in accounting, those wanting a career-boosting qualification to reflect their existing knowledge and those wishing to retrain into a professional career, and those wishing to offer bookkeeping services.

Accounting
Part-time 4 Sept 2021 34 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This is a professional qualification that is highly valued by employers. You will study advanced accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units* such as business tax, personal tax, external auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management. This is suitable for those working in an accounting environment in industry, practice or a small business, or those with previous accounting qualifications (AAT level 3 or similar).

Accounting
Part-time 4 Sept 2021 34 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This is a professional qualification that is highly valued by employers. You will study advanced accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units* such as business tax, personal tax, external auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management. This is suitable for those working in an accounting environment in industry, practice or a small business, or those with previous accounting qualifications (AAT level 3 or similar).

Human Resources Practice
Part-time 3 Sept 2021 34 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This is a well-respected professional qualification, which is highly valued by employers. It will help you to develop the business skills and technical knowledge that employers look for in HR professionals. This qualification can boost your promotion prospects or provide retraining route for those looking for a career in the HR industry.

Accounting
Part-time 2 Sept 2021 32/33 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This qualification is highly valued by employers and will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and using accounting software.

Accounting
Part-time 2 Sept 2021 32/33 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This qualification is highly valued by employers and will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and using accounting software.

Accounting
Part-time 3 Sept 2021 33/34 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This is a highly sought after professional qualification, which is well-recognised by employers in the UK and overseas. In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants, which gives you a secure basis for a career in business or accounting.

Accounting
Part-time 3 Sept 2021 33/34 Weeks

Campus: Milnthorpe Road Campus (MRC)

This is a highly sought after professional qualification, which is well-recognised by employers in the UK and overseas. In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants, which gives you a secure basis for a career in business or accounting.