Tutor profile: Beth Boyd, Head of ICAS Programmes at BPP

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Accounting and Financial Services Tutor Beth Boyd shares some of her career highlights and the things she really enjoys about teaching ICAS qualifications.

Where it began

Bethan Boyd CAI have always wanted to teach - I studied mathematics and management at Loughborough University which involved an industrial placement year; during this year I started my ICAS training contract with EY sitting FA & PAR in 2003.

I remember sitting in the classroom in BPP Holborn, in London, thinking I would love to teach in this scenario - a class of professional adults, keen to learn and not afraid to ask challenging questions.

How I got where I am

Following graduation, I returned to EY in 2005 to sit the remaining TC papers (FIN, LAW, BM), there was no PoT exam at that stage. I worked as an audit associate at EY London in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction sector - the same team I worked with during my industrial placement.

I studied TPS in the summer of 2006 (all four papers to September) and TPE in May 2007. Time qualifying in September 2007. I loved working at EY, but my heart was in teaching so I applied to BPP in late 2007 and started as a full-time tutor in January 2008.

I remember sitting in the classroom in BPP Holborn, in London, thinking I would love to teach in this scenario - a class of professional adults, keen to learn and not afraid to ask challenging questions.

After the first couple of years of teaching, beginning with TC papers and building up to TPS, I decided I wanted to start studying again - I was teaching derivatives within the AFIN syllabus and had no further experience beyond my ICAS studies - I sat the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and then started teaching this alongside ICAS. It was a different audience of professionals working in the financial services industry, which was a new challenge.

The IMC is a stepping stone to the CFA so I started the three-year programme to become CFA qualified (L1 exam sat in 2011, L2 in 2012, L3 in 2013) - my teaching portfolio (CFA & IMC) qualified for the four-year relevant financial services experience required to gain the charter in 2013.

There’s more to my job than teaching

I am the Head of ICAS programmes at BPP which means I work closely with both ICAS and key clients to ensure successful delivery of the programme across all BPP centres nationally.

As BPP subject manager for AFIN and TPE, I work with ICAS to discuss changes to materials, timetables and delivery. I am responsible for disseminating this information across the BPP national tutor team; training and providing teaching guidance to BPP AFIN & TPE tutors.

But working with students is my highlight

I really love helping students - I work quite closely with retake students (particularly TPE). The moments that have meant the most over the years are when I've spent evenings talking students through exam technique and reviewing practice scripts, to see them go on to succeed in the exam and qualify.

Having studied ICAS myself I remember the temporary lows and how hard it can be to take professional exams (feeling overwhelmed by the volume of material, getting frustrated trying to interpret requirements, spending bank holidays and weekends revising instead of seeing friends, feeling extreme time pressure and panic on exam day and the nerves during that long wait for the results to be released).

Seeing all the hard work pay off on results day and receiving the charter which provides endless career opportunities, far outweighs the temporary frustrations that exams can bring.

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