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RCA is different. It always has been. It was set up that way. We didn’t believe that lecturers had to be boring, in suits, be old and academic.
We believed in talent and a laid back approach.
An approach where the student feels welcome and supported, and the tutor free to concentrate on what they do best, in whatever manner suits them personally. We believe in people - and they need room to thrive. Forget old fashioned stufﬁness, embrace a more human approach to studying. We believe in technology working for us - not against us.
We believe in innovation. We believe in the underdog.
These beliefs and approach allows us to focus and bring about success in our 3 goals:
1) The best Lecturers
2) The best Customer Service
3) The best Studying support
At RCA you are never just a number, you’re one of us and we try never to forget that.
Aaron has been with RCA Belfast since it’s inception and is our lead lecturer responsible for a wide range of subjects.
Although he has extensive experience both in public practice and industry, it was always the preparation of students for accountancy exams that held his interest and he was delighted to be the first full-time employee within RCA Belfast.
Aaron is now a director with RCA and has responsibility for ensuring that all our classroom and online tuition is up to the high standards we set here at RCA as well as teaching his own subjects.
Having been placed in the top 3 in Ireland and top 20 in the world in no less than 4 ACCA subjects during his own qualification (including the toughest 2 papers - P2 and P4) he knows what it takes to succeed and tries to pass this on to his own students.
With pass rates always above the global average and many students also achieving top 3 placings including first in Northern Ireland for CIMA F2 amongst others you can rest assured that if you follow his advice your qualification will be a lot easier!
Patrick became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 2004 and then in 2012 was awarded Fellowship, FCMA.
Following qualification Patrick worked for more than five years as part of Deloitte’s Financial and Performance Management Team in Belfast.
He worked across a range of sectors and industries and was involved in a number of large change projects taking him all over the UK and Europe.
In the summer of 2010 Patrick left Deloitte and joined the NI Courts & Tribunals Service as Head of Financial Management, then in March 2012 he joined the Department of Justice as Head of Financial Governance. Patrick has been both the Treasurer and Regional President of CIMA NI, and in June 2011 became the first Chair of CIMA Ireland following the merger of CIMA ROI and CIMA NI.
Patrick currently tutors both CIMA and ACCA courses with consistently high pass rates. He has also had a number of highly successful students including 3rd in Ireland and 5th in the world in ACCA P1, 1st in Northern Ireland in CIMA T4 and 2 UK top 20 in ACCA P3.
More recently Patrick has taken on the roles of RCA Director of catering and RCA Director of pool evenings
Fiona became an ACCA member in 2001. She completed her studies within 2 ½ years whilst working full time and studying with a similar type of provider to RCA (RCA just didn’t exist then!).
During that period she had one baby and was finished just in time for the arrival of the second of her three girls, so is aware of the balancing act and level of commitment needed to pass exams but also that success is achievable!
Fiona has worked in both Accountancy practice and industry before joining the Health Service. There she has held a number of Accountant roles including Financial Management, Family Health Services involved in the introduction of the new General Medical Services contract and project Accountant for the WHSSB £252m Primary and Community Care Infrastructure programme. She is currently a Senior Accountant in Financial Planning and Performance.
Since joining RCA, Fiona has taught CIMA Business Mathematics and now tutors CIMA F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation.
In her rare minutes of spare time, Fiona has taken up running (in the loosest sense of the word) completing her first 5k in July 2015. This is possibly motivated by her local running group “Run now, wine later”
Fiona stepped in while Natalie was on maternity leave with her ACCA F3 & CIMA BA3 courses this term.
John holds an Honours degree in Biochemistry and spent 10 enjoyable years working in private sector diagnostic and pharmaceutical research, predominantly on Cambridge Science Park.
John then changed career and gained a place on the highly regarded NHS Financial Management Training Scheme, where he took the CIMA examinations. Following completion of his CIMA studies in 2009, John gained a substantive role at Cambridge University Hospital managing the research & development grant funds and was awarded the ACMA designation in June 2010.
Following the arrival of their insomniac twins, the Carew’s took the strategic decision to relocate back to Belfast in 2010. John then gained several years private sector manufacturing experience as the Cost & Management accountant with Montupet UK before returning to the public sector to lead the Financial Governance and Statutory Reporting team for the Health & Social Care Board, in March 2013.
John has been teaching CIMA P2 & P3 papers with RCA over the past 3 years, enjoying pass rates consistently above the National average with students regularly being placed in the NI top 10 for both papers, along with one student achieving a World 2nd place for P3.
In his spare time John enjoys building Lego, playing forts, doing jigsaws and watching Cbeebies.
Claire gained her CIMA qualification in 2010, gaining the top mark in Northern Ireland in her final TopCIMA exam.
She completed her CIMA while working in a broad management role in the hospitality industry, so is well aware of the pressures of combining work and study. After qualifying, she moved to the Beannchor Group as Assistant Group Financial Controller, looking after, among other properties, the prestigious Merchant Hotel. Claire is now Group Financial Controller for the Argento Contemporary Jewellery Company.
A serial part time studier, she has completed a Business Administration degree, an online degree in Sustainable Performance Management, and is currently undertaking a part time MSc in Business Improvement at the University of Ulster.
Claire started teaching E1 with the Richard Clarke Academy in January 2013, and was delighted to record a 100% pass rate with her first group of students. Her pass rates across both her E1 & E2 subjects continue to remain outstanding.
Vincent has tried his hand at several professions including Book-keeping, security, IT Systems Administration and Support Staff Management before recognising his calling and becoming a Chartered Accountant.
He is the now Financial Controller of Ireland’s largest and best home improvement company, Betterhomes who have won industry awards for excellence for three years in a row.
Vincent took on the role of lecturing F5 Performance Management and F8 Audit and Assurance in March 2015 after lecturing F2 Management Accounts for RCA,
Vincent has worked in several very bespoke sectors including government agencies, jewellery companies and now works a construction company so he brings a breadth of knowledge to these subjects to assist in the more difficult discussion based areas of the syllabus.
In his spare time Vincent enjoys hill walking, performing charitable work and supporting his beloved yet beleaguered childhood football team Aston Villa.
Natalie joined the ranks of ACCA in 2008, with Fellowship status granted in 2015. She qualified in Industry whilst working for the Lagan Group and held a number of Accountancy roles prior to that, including working with the family business.
Natalie welcomed her first son in 2009 and having spent maternity leave exhausting every coffee shop in Co. Down, the time felt right to set up her own practice. Now in its 6th year with the business flourishing she has established a wide client base enabling her to bring real and current examples into her teaching.
Since the arrival of her second son in 2012 Natalie has learnt the skill of time management to the extreme, successfully juggling family life, being ‘Mum’s Taxi’, running her own company, and of course lecturing to the very high standards set at RCA
Any spare time Natalie has she still loves to indulge in her passion of horse riding.
Stephen has 30 years of business experience with a background in FMCG.
He has run his own consultancy practice for the last 8 years delivering for a range of bluechip clients and specialises in accessing finance. Stephen has delivered ACCA & CIMA for over 6 years.
He is married to Lynne and has three children. In his spare time he helps in his local cub pack as a scout leader and a little known fact about Stephen, he is also a qualified fork truck driver!
Nicola became a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) in 2009, achieving joint 6th place in Ireland and 1st place in Northern Ireland in the Final Admitting Examinations. She also became a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2009, passing the CTA exams at her first attempt.
Nicola was a Corporate Tax Manager in one of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms in Belfast. Her portfolio of clients included large multinational corporations and local companies and businesses, across a wide range of sectors and industries.
In the Summer of 2013, Nicola moved to one of the local Non-Departmental Public Bodies to assume a role which included broader accounting and internal audit responsibilities and functions.
Nicola currently tutors the ACCA P6 Advanced Tax Paper and her pass rates are well in excess of the national average. Nicola has extensive experience in the examination process for various examining bodies, notably in the marking of exams, and she uses this experience to provide useful hints and tips regarding exam technique to her classes.
In her spare time, Nicola is a devotee of Diagnosis Murder and endeavours to apply the wisdom, intuition and charm displayed by Dr Mark Sloane in all areas of her life.
Who is this Richard Clarke idiot anyway…?
Richard has taught Accountancy exams all his working life pretty much (though there are acouple of auditing manager years at the very beginning in Shaftesbury Avenue, London that he remembers very fondly
He worked at BPP London as a full time tutor and quickly rose through the ranks to be their best rated tutor by students.
This led to him becoming the Director of Training, responsible for training all BPP tutors worldwide. He was also asked by ACCA to create a train the trainer course for all tutors worldwide alongside ACCA examiners, which he did for 3 years.
Then he became the International Director responsible for many of the international centers and for expanding further.
During this time he researched how adults learn (in respect of exams) and started applying it to his teaching and became widely known for these techniques. He also started as an ACCA and CIMA marker for 8 subjects!It soon became clear to him that he needed to start his own academy.
And so RCA Malta was born - which, in the shortest time possible, rose to become a Platinum rated ACCA centre. ACCA’s highest accolade and quite an achievement for one group of tutors with no support and starting from scratch.
Richard then teamed up with old school friend Marlon Beresford, a one time Professional Footballer! having retired from the game in 2008 Marlon was keen to step into the Business firing line and set about building and establishing RCA Belfast & Edinburgh.
Passed F9. See you in P2!! )
P2 course with Richard added real value into my journey towards ACCA. Unforgettable experience and really nice time, quality teaching and complete success in the exam!
Great & outgoing tutors, nice ambience, easy-to-follow material, excellent support whenever needed...What else would a student need?? Thanks to RCA today I can say I am an ACCA Affiliate.
I tried BPP but RCA were far better in every respect - I have nothing but good words to say about them - and would recommend them to everyone taking ACCA
Just heard that I was placed 2nd in CIMA F2 and 5th in CIMA P2 in Ireland. Again massively due to the great standards set by RCA. Many thanks again for all your help
I want to show my appreciation and gratitude to Richard for being a great lecturer. He's always positive, very helpful and make things simple to understand. Failure is not an option with Richard!
I want to thank the whole team from RCA Belfast. I think your way of teaching is brilliant and I enjoyed all CIMA classes. Done all pro papers and didn’t fail one. RCA is just a different level.
ACCA...100% complete (finally) Thanks to Richard Clarke this is all thanks to you and your academy
"Great teachers make time for questions outside of class and make the course very easy to understand"
Thanks to RCA again, contacted by ACCA this week and my P1 result was 3rd in Ireland and 13th in World. I made it clear to ACCA that this was down to RCA and Patrick Barr in particular.
Aaron is by far the best lecturer I have ever had, the way he taught P2 and P7 was fantastic, made it fun. Paddy was great for P3 and made P3 interesting (something I thought I would never say)
At RCA everybody counts! Lectures aren’t old school style (you won’t be sleeping on the desk for sure!) and individual attention is always given. Also all past papers are worked throughout the course
I started with RCA in December 2010, a completely different and creative way of tutoring that help me achieve my goals
I have passed all the professional level papers RCA Aberdeen gave me massive help. I especially like the mind map style, it really works for me) and totally committed tutors as well.
Ur one of the best lecturers ive ever been too... you make it easy to understand and i just love ur lessons , they're fun also
"The tuition is excellent - I have already referred a friend who I studied with in University of Ulster"
Thank God for RCA Belfast. I wanted to tell you that these lecturers and materials are so so much better than Kaplan! The P2 tutor is amazing. I am doing my last 2 ACCA exams with you guys for sure.
I never failed an exam with you!!! You are going to miss me in class :p Thank you so much for everything !!!! ACCA Qualified
I passed P7!!!!!!!!!! I want to tell you something - you are the BEST teacher I have ever had!! hehhe I wouldnt have passed without u and ur techniques! thanks!!!
I gained my CIMA letters today ! Would like to thank you all for the first class tuition and craic I'll miss RCA
If you want to qualify you have to attend Richard Clarke's classes. Concise, well structured & straight into exam technique. Exceptional teaching ability! Richard, thank you & keep up the good work!
Ok , I've checked it 20 times! its says i've passed both thanks to everyone at RCA Belfast
RCA is a great academy to study for your professional accounting exams, as an ACCA student I can say that all staff to the lecturers are fantastic and always there to help, always replying quickly.
Massive thanks for all your help over the last 3 years, making it as enjoyable as possible, passed my final exam, P6 with 64 marks! I honestly couldn’t think of a better place to get through ACCA.
Great course notes and friendly lecturers who are always very helpful
Thank god I dont have to worry about exam results anymore!! Top academy - big up Richard Clarke Acadamy !!!
P3 passed 1st attempt! You were spot on, exam technique/approach is important as much as the knowledge! and F9 you were right, it was all about time management! CU at the next course sessions!
I must say that the CIMA Strategy mock exam that Aaron, John and Paddy set and the mock review class really helped prepare me for this exam, it is probably what helped me pass.
No more F9... Cu for P2 ) Thx to ur gr8 teaching that we pass
Studying at RCA, showed there's a fun way to learn not only for exam day but for my future. A new learning experience to ease the pressure of studying. Big thanks to all the crew at RCA.
With RCA I have progressed on a personal and professional basis. RCA's lecturers explain the material and weave into everyday practical examples. Making this learning experience all worthwhile!
Another 2 exams down!!!! Thanks Richard!! :D
My ACCA lucky charm, never failed a session under the tenure of this great lecturer. My experience with Acowtancy.com is a fantastic one too!
Completely different approach to tuition, factoring in that most students are adult students. RCA lecturers have been there done that, which I think Is both unique but fundamental at the same time."
Really proud and happy to be a student in Richard Clarke Academy... When I had the pleasure to sit in his lectures Richard Clarke was really helpful... Richard has time for everyone!
I would like to thank you and RCA Belfast for all your help and guidance during all the exams. It has added great value and learning which helped me in passing all the exams in first attempt.
I have to say though I couldnt have done it without you.. You truly give us hope and your method of teaching rocks !!
RCA brought a new innovative way of teaching, with dynamic lecturers and their lecture delivery. People at RCA understand us students and our concerns, and will act swiftly to help in any way possible
“I was close to throwing the towel in before joining RCA, would have been a huge mistake but with the support of the staff I managed to get there in the end so thank you so much" Now CIMA qualified
The experience with RCA tuition was simply amazing! Richard Clarke lectures were fun and easy to follow. Accountancy made simple indeed!
RCA has been a nurturing experience for me. The tutors are invaluable with guidance, approachable and encouraging us. RCA is great. Summary of this all = RCA is the best!
I'm really happy with the RCA service. I feel very comfortable coming for the lectures. Staff are brilliant, very helpful. Your ACCA knowledge is superb. Its like I am speaking to old friends
Just to say that Aaron was an unbelievable teacher, the best financial accounting one that I've ever had. so glad that I'm studying with the Richard Clarke Academy Belfast
Thank u very much for your help and patience through P3 & 7. If it wasn't your support and help I wouldn't have made it. Once again thanks to you, Michelle and all your team @ RCA that I made it
Thanks for everything RCA. I am now over the hill
Thanks John & RCA for all your help over the last term. Your teaching methods are first class and you bring a bit of humour to the class as well. I really looked forward to CIMA P2 classes last term.
Thanks to everyone at RCA especially CIMA P1 tutor Simone,she was excellent both in class and help with questions outside class, I would not have passed had it not been for her teaching methods
"Great tutors, great notes can email tutors at any time, and they care that you pass first time!"