Certificate of Merit & Certificate in Bookkeeping

Our congratulations to Sam Stewart who is our latest student to gain the ABCC Certificate of Merit, as well as the ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping. Not only did Sam complete the ICB Level 2 exams with an overall Distinction but for the sheer ‘stickability’ she displayed in keeping going with her studies in the face of difficult health problems the ABCC felt that she also fully deserved the award of the Certificate of Merit. For a full write-up, please read Sam’s story in our the Certificate of Merit section (via the ‘Success’ drop-down menu). She has developed many good ideas for maintaining the motivation of the ‘long distance learner’ in difficult circumstances and we are sure that some of these may well be helpful to fellow students following the same path. We confidently wish Sam every success in the next stages of the ICB examination scheme.

Our congratulations to Michael Kerrigan, who is the most recent client to complete the Professional Diploma in Commercial Management, which is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. Michael gave up a large part of his Christmas 2016 holidays to revise, research and write his last Final Assignment, in C Eng Business Management, His Tutor, Patrick Waterhouse, awarded him a starred Distinction for his fine piece of work. Michael had previously received Distinctions for both C Eng Construction and C Eng Contracts Administration, and was awarded an overall starred Distinction for his Diploma. “Now I have to put it all into practice!” he says.


AQA has announced that it will phase out the AS and AL Archaeology exams. There will be no new specifications to replace the existing modular one. The exams for the existing specification will be held for the last time in June 2018 with the possibility of re-sit only exam in June 2019. So if you are already studying for AS Archaeology try to make the most of the time left. I understand from AQA that both AS and AL exams will be available in 2018/2019 but if you are aiming to take the full AL you may wish to take your AS exams in June 2017.

The disappearance of Archaeology from the GCE will be regretted by many university departments as it provides a valuable foundation for undergraduate study.  AQA’s  announcement received wide media cover with many teachers and practitioners expressing their dismay. Perhaps between now and 2018 another board may come forward but we have no news of any such development yet.

Due to the Director’s impending retirement, the Distance Learning Partnership will close on 31 January 2017. In view of  this, we are not accepting new clients from 1 August 2016 but  we will continue to service all existing clients who wish to finish their courses. Course descriptions will remain on our website for the information of existing students.

  • If you have not yet finished your course yet, you can carry on as normal until the end of your service contract. Your Tutor will be glad to receive your assignments for marking. If you have not yet started on your assignments, please do so as soon as you can.
  • If your service contract has expired but you wish to continue we will continue to offer, until the end of this year, a 12-month extension at 25% of the course price. You can apply via our website (see Renewals on the Enrolment page).

Please contact Ian Campbell at DLP if you need any clarification.

Commercial Management

DLP’s Commercial Management courses have been transferred to the College of Contract Management. They retain Chartered ICES accreditation. (Please our news item under this category for more information.) We will continue to service existing students for the Certificate and Diploma and we will set and mark Final Assignments for those completing the courses.


Please continue with your enrolled course(s). We will continue to book Mock Exams for you at Levels 2, 3 and 4 if you have enrolled for any of these courses. We assume that current students will already have been registered with the ICB but if your registration has lapsed or if you enrolled for Level 2 Module 1 only without registration we can still register you. We will send you the form on request. When you have completed your courses with us, we recommend for your next Level that you consider enrolling with another Accredited Training Provider, such as  Ideal Schools (https://www.idealschools.co.uk/icb-bookkeeping-courses), which is also a member of ABCC and with which we have had regular contact over many years. If you mention that you formerly studied with DLP, Ideal Schools will offer you a 5% discount on their course price. Look out for seasonal discounts as well!


  • Archaeology (AS): There is a new specification for teaching in schools from September 2017. Exams will be set for the existing specification until June 2017 and so for Archaeology we will accept enrolments up to 30 September 2016.  If you did not take the June 2016 exam or were not successful you can apply for an extension to cover June 2017.
  • History (AS & AL): The last exams for the old specification were held in June 2016. Although DLP is not offering courses for the new specification, our Tutor, Dr Andrew Chibi, who is an experienced author in Early Modern History, is developing course material which he will offer through his own website. We will post information on this site when further information about the courses is available.


Please see our previous post on the transfer of our Commercial Management course to the College of Contract Management.

This was due to take place on 1 April but has been deferred for administrative reasons until 1 August. In the meantime, we will be pleased to accept your enrolment or re-enrolment with full service for up to 12 months on any module.

In order to secure the future of this programme, from 1 April we are transferring the courses for Certificate and Professional Diploma in Commercial Management to the College of Contract Management, which will become responsible for all enquiries and new enrolments.

Continued Service:

  • If you have enrolled for one Module and are ready for your next one, apply to DLP for your Certificate of Completion and then enrol with CCM for your next module.
  • If you have enrolled for one Module but have not yet completed it, you do not need to do anything as DLP will provide service for up to 12 months from your enrolment.
  • If you have enrolled for the complete course for either the Certificate or the Diploma,  and still have modules to complete, DLP will continue your service for up to 24 months from enrolment and will send you any further modules when you need them.
  • Patrick Waterhouse will continue as your Course Tutor .

As CCM already offers courses accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the transfer will not affect the accreditation of the Commercial Management programme which remains valid. You will still be able to join the Institution as a Student Member whether you are continuing with DLP or transferring to CCM.

Contact Details

Please contact Ian Campbell at DLP (info@distancelearningpartnership.co.uk) if you wish to check how this change may affect you. If wish to enrol for a new Module or the next stage please contact CCM.

For CCM contact details are as follows:

Roomy Razack MCIOB   Programme Co-ordinator

College of Contract Management  Atticus House 2 The Windmills St Mary’s Close

ALTON Hants  GU34 1EF

www.theccm.co.uk roomy@theccm.co.uk  Tel 01420 481 681

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We’d like to congratulate Laura Parke who was the first student to complete the Certificate in Commercial Management by taking and passing the Final (‘Exam’) Assignment that we introduced last year. Her Tutor, Patrick Waterhouse, awarded her a Pass with Merit, which was the same grade as her overall pass. Students take four Modules and a Final Assignment. The Modules are assessed on coursework, which counts towards 60% of the final grade, plus the Final Assignment which counts for 40% of the final grade. The Final Assignment is sent for completion at home or office within a set period, currently one month, and provides questions ranging over all four Modules. It also offers an opportunity to bring in personal experience and research as well as information and knowledge acquired from the course material.

Our revised course for Measurement in the Certificate in Commercial Management is now available, covering both CESMM4 and NRM2. The course was revised by Hamish Mitchell, whose book Managing with the MMHW is provided with the course, along with two other standard textbooks. It is intended for study alongside the rules and standards themselves, normally available in a commercial management surveyor’s office. The course comprises seven Study Sessions, each with Revision Questions, and six Tutor-Assessed Assignments to be sent to your Tutor. The Course Tutor is Patrick Waterhouse. Please contact us for information. Full details will be published shortly on this website in the Course Description.

Congratulations to Ed Thorpe who finished 2015 in fine style, completing the ICB Level 2 exams, passing each paper at the first attempt. Those who are new to bookkeeping and perhaps not sure if they have the aptitude for it can enrol for our Module 1 course on its own first (basic double entry to trial balance). Ed opted for this route but soon showed his ability, earning a distinction on Paper B1. He has finished with merit on B2 and was advised on 31 December that he had 100% on B3. You are going to become an excellent bookkeeper, Ed!

Edexcel has recently confirmed to me that all Units for AS and A2 History are available at the May/June 2016 examinations. This will be the last sitting for AS under the 2008-2014 (legacy) specification but it is open to first-time candidates. It is not restricted to re-sits.

On the Pearson website, there is an Edexcel chart for re-sits headed up ‘Availability of AS and A level resits for legacy qualifications’ which appears to suggest that May/June 2016 is just for re-sits. This not so. The chart is intended for the guidance of re-sit candidates, some of whom will be re-sitting AS alongside their attempt at A2.

When you apply to your exam centre, it is possible that the exams officer, relying on the ‘Availability’ chart, may advise you that the exam is for re-sits only.  If you get this response, inform the exams officer that this is not the case and that you wish to book your exam. If you have any difficulty please refer to me or ask the exams officer to verify the position with the Subject Officer at Edexcel.

But remember that May/June 2016 is the last AS sitting and you do not have a re-sit opportunity. Get your Assignments and revision done in good time to make sure you pass. Don’t forget to let us know how you got on.




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