You can achieve it all!
To demonstrate just how proud we all are of your success, we have created the Fab5 Awards, which are awarded annually to our five most oustanding students. The winners get back the full cost of their course!
In the 2015/16 Academic Year, our students completed and were awarded Certificates for:
- 773 Access to HE Diplomas
- 289 Access to HE Certificates of Achievement
- 36 Maths Progression Awards
- 28 English Progression Awards
- 17 Science Progression Awards
- 332 Maths
- 221 English
- 102 Science
They gained places at the following Universities:
Kings College London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Kingston University, Birmingham City University, University of Surrey, Newcastle University, University of Wolverhampton, Coventry University, University Campus Suffolk, University of the West of England, University of East London, University of Exeter, University of Northampton, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Huddersfield, Liverpool John Moores University, London Southbank University, Anglia Ruskin University, The University of West London, The University of Manchester, De Montfort University, The University of Hertfordshire, Oxford Brookes University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Brighton, The university of Bradford, University of Portsmouth, University of Greenwich, The University of Stirling, University of South Wales, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), University of Chester, The University of York, Bournemouth University, University of Roehampton, University of East Anglia, Staffordshire University, Northumbria University, Edgehill University, University of Leeds, The university of Nottingham, University of Southampton, Teeside University, University of Bedfordshire, Plymouth University, Swansea University, Keele University, Leeds Beckett University, University of Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church University, Buckinghamshire New University, Anglo European College of Chiropractic, St George's University of London, Liverpool University, University of Cumbria, Brunel University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Salford, City University of London, University of Bolton, Middlesex University, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Bishop Grosseteste University, Aston University, Brunel University, Cardiff University, Edinburgh Napier University, Derby University, University of Kent, London Metropolitan University, University of Leicester, Lancaster University, Newman University, Norwich City College of FE and HE, Nottingham Trent University, Royal Veterinary College - University of London, Southampton Solent University, University of St Mark and St John, University of Winchester, Writtle College, University of Westminster.
The flexibility meant that I could study at my own pace whilst working a full time job in Paris - Anne-Marie Howell
Fab5 Award Nominee
I discovered DistanceLearningCentre.com whilst seeking an alternative route to university. An illness whilst studying for my A-Levels had resulted in me not achieving my required grades. The Access to HE (Allied Health Professions) Diploma appealed to me greatly as it combined my passion in both Psychology & Human Biology, making the course very enjoyable.
I really enjoyed the coursework orientated syllabus as previously I struggled with exams due to time pressure and memorising large amounts of information. The module structure of the Diploma allowed me to work through topics sequentially and in detail. The coursework also enabled me to read deeper into the topics, as thorough research was key to every assignment. As a result, I felt I had understood and learnt more overall.
The flexibility of the Diploma meant that I could study at my own pace whilst working a full time job in Paris. I found that the Diploma greatly helped my self-confidence, as I did not think I was capable of getting into my preferred university to study Psychology. All of this would not have been possible without the excellent support I received from my tutors throughout the course. Their guidance and reassurance helped me enormously. (Jan 2017)
I was worried I was too old to learn new things when I first started the course but all that changed - Rony Manakkalayil
Fab5 Award Nominee
Having worked in the IT industry for several years and wanting a change of career, I decided in August 2014 to do the Access Course as a first step for getting back into the university since the last education I had had was 14 years back. I stumbled on the DistanceLearningCentre.com and their excellent range of courses while browsing for courses. I had to keep my full time job. I chose to do Access to Health as completing it would give me sufficient qualifications to apply for the Operating Department Practice I wanted to do.
I was fully aware of the hurdles that lay ahead of me in completing the course within the limited time I had, and also keeping up with the full time job and looking after two small children. I had to be self-motivated and disciplined. I was able to build up a routine of waking up very early as 2 in the morning to study before going to work often on long hour shifts. There were many times when I thought I was hitting a brick wall and even thought about giving up due to the pressure. But the amazing tutors I had were there on time to talk me through anything and gave me enough and more support for me to continue. I just can't thank them enough. I managed to get the required credits in time to start University in September 2015.
I would not hesitate and still recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone planning to do an Access Course. Completing the course on time was a massive achievement and has boosted my confidence so much. I was worried I was too old to learn new things when I first started the course but all that changed when I was able to complete the course with much higher grades than I ever expected.
Do the work as required, listen to the tutors and you'll never regret a thing? Follow your dreams. (Nov 15)
I received emails and calls of encouragement every week and it really got me going - Passion Vanga
It has taken me almost four years to compete my diploma plus GCSE equivalences in English, Maths and Science. I have almost given up a few times and have taken many breaks due to unforeseen reasons. I have suffered four miscarriages and had no will to carry on.
I am so grateful to have tutors who have pushed me when I was giving up and they had faith in me. I took some time off on several occasions but my tutors wouldn't let me give up that easy. I received emails and calls of encouragement every week and it really got me going.
I only had a few weeks left to complete the course when I rejoined after a particular tutor encouraged me not to give up. She really showed me that I can do it, we actually both thought I wasn't going to make it but I HAVE MADE IT.
I have been given that one more step towards my goal of becoming a nurse and DistanceLearningCentre.com has played a major role towards achieving this goal. I can't thank you enough but I can surely say "keep up the good work". The future is now looking brighter and I will be applying to university for September 2017. (Jun 16)
Everything was clearly spelt out in the course materials ... easy-to-read ... step-by-step format - Sue Vecchione
Fab5 Award Nominee
My experience studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com was an experience I undertook with such ease and unexpected flexibility. Having not studied for 30 years, I was completely out of practice with learning and had never undertaken distance learning before, so was initially very sceptical as to whether I would achieve the grades required by University. However, all fears were instantly put aside.
The tutors were incredibly helpful and patient with me. They understood I had 'life' pressures and accommodated my submissions around them. They explained work extremely clearly to me, regularly going 'the extra mile'. I couldn't have asked for better. I had very little free time to study, but all tutor phone calls and homeworks were set around my rare free time.
DistanceLearningCentre.com resources were the best I have ever seen before. Everything was clearly spelt out in the notes they offered which were in an easy-to-read, step-by-step format, making them easy to absorb, including while out and about while I was trying to multi-task with life tasks.
I found out after I had started that university required me to take an additional GCSE, which I had to squeeze in to my Access course study-time. My Psychology tutor was extremely helpful when this time came and allowed me to put Psychology on hold for a few weeks while I studied English as I found it difficult juggling the two subjects together.
Another pleasant surprise I had with DistanceLearningCentre.com is that as well as help with my studies, my tutor spent hours helping me apply to UCAS and wrote them a very detailed reference, overall having spent hours on the phone to me helping me either discussing studies or my UCAS application.
All in all, with an extremely busy personal/work life, I could never have achieved the Distinctions throughout my Access course, not to mention my A* in English Language iGCSE if it wasn't for the dedicated tutors, excellent resources and the flexibility that DistanceLearningCentre.com offers. (Jun 16)
To be able to progress within the ambulance service I needed to obtain the correct qualifications - Lee Carr
Prior to starting my studies with DistanceLearningCentre.com I was working as a frontline ambulance support worker for an NHS foundation trust. To be able to progress within the ambulance service to the role of paramedic and having left secondary education with no A*-C GCSE grades I needed to obtain the correct qualifications to allow me onto a university degree.
I found DistanceLearningCentre.com and applied to study the Access to HE Paramedicine Diploma. I needed to achieve a full 60 credit diploma and they offered this diploma as distance learning which was important to me with 2 young children and continuing to work full time for the ambulance service.
The tutors have been fantastic from start to finish with the support offered and made the diploma achievable even for those like myself who work full time and have a family to maintain. I never thought I could achieve a qualification that would match me to the criteria required to study a Bsc in paramedic science at St George's university of London allowing me to follow my childhood dream; but the DistanceLearningCentre.com have made this possible!
Through hard work and determination (and it wasn't a walk in the park) I've done it and I can't thank DistanceLearningCentre.com enough! From no GCSE's to a higher education diploma allowing me to study a degree proves anyone can do it with the right amount of determination. Thank you so much! (Jun 16)
Has helped me realise that I can still handle the academic pressure as a mature student - Anjali Kale
My decision to change career path from Stage Management and Sound Engineering to becoming a Dental Hygienist was a big one to say the least! From deciding to take on this amazing journey a couple of years ago, to securing a place at my first choice institution has been nothing short of a dream come true. I gave myself a two year goal to reach all the academic requirements to apply for the Dental Hygiene Programme at the Eastman Dental Hospital; this included the Access to HE Science Diploma, all while working full time!
I had never heard of the Access to Science Diploma and had no idea it could all be done online until I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com. I had a good look around the website before making my enquiry, and took the plunge the same day as I found it was exactly what I was looking for and at an affordable price too! For me, this route was necessary in order to get me back into the mode of study, and has also helped me realise that I can still handle the academic pressure as a mature student. I found the tutors to be extremely supportive and encouraging, the materials were excellent and assessments were easy to follow and complete, and the student forum was there for reassurance. I was able to complete the necessary credits to merit and distinction levels, which meant that my first choice offered me a place before I had even completed the course! I have no hesitation in recommending DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone and everyone I know.
Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com and a huge thank you for propelling me towards my dream! (Nov 2016)
There was always someone on hand in the forum or on the Facebook page to lend a hand - Deborah Runnalls
Fab5 Award Nominee
For years I've had that feeling that I'm just not in the career I am meant to be. So taking a break, whilst having my children, gave me time to really think about and pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.
I knew I needed to complete, not only an Access to Higher Education Diploma but also a progression award in Maths, so I started researching the various ways of accomplishing this. Should I attend a college or should I try and go it alone by doing it via distance learning? I had been out of education for almost 20 years so was worried that I wouldn't have a clue where to start however, I decided that as I had a 10 week old baby and a 3 year old, home based learning was going to be a more achievable route and came across DistanceLearningCentre.com.
I needn't have been worried that I was 'going it alone' though; the support I received from tutors and fellow students was second to none. There was always someone on hand in the forum or on the Facebook page to lend a hand and the turnaround in work being marked was excellent as was the constructive feedback.
It does require a large amount of discipline to study at home and I really did put in the hours but it was worth every single one of those hours! I completed the progression award and the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Allied Health Professions) in less than year with a full complement of distinctions and as such I have been nominated for a Fab5 Award.
This has led to me being offered an unconditional place at the University of Bedfordshire to study Adult Nursing in Sept 2017 - I can't wait! (Nov 2016)
It has spring-boarded me in my new chosen career - Ben Brownlow
Fab5 Award Nominee
After two years of travelling around the world I returned back to England and decided to make a career change as I was not enjoying my former career as a carpenter.
After being out of education for 7 years it was very daunting beginning my Physiotherapy Access Course. With the great support from my tutors and the flexibility and the structure of the course it helped me a great deal to get over this initial feeling and helped me juggle studying with a full time job.
I'm so glad I chose DistanceLearningCentre.com as it has spring-boarded me in my new chosen career in physiotherapy. It has given me great confidence and optimism for beginning my three year course at university. It has been the best decision to go back to education and change careers.
I would recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to people from all stages of life, it is never too late to change and improve your life! (Jun 16)
Given me a new confidence it has also ignited a passion for learning within me - David Lockhart
I knew I wanted to retrain and become a nurse but with so many years out of education and worries about the expense and time it would take me to gain the additional qualifications to gain a University placement I continually hesitated.
After reading about DistanceLearningCentre.com I decided to take the leap and I couldn't be happier. I enrolled on the HE Access to Nursing Diploma and studied across a year and a half.
Completing the course was one of the most difficult things I have ever done, balancing studies, family and work was very hard but my appointed tutors proved invaluable. They were always on hand to provide support and guidance and were very understanding of the difficulties that people face while completing additional learning. The modules and assessments were detailed and informative and presented in a way that was clear and concise.
Not only has my achievements with DistanceLearningCentre.com given me a new confidence it has also ignited a passion for learning within me and I am now moving into the next stage of my life with excitement and enthusiasm. (Jun 16)
I was called for for interview by all five university choices - Pauline Findlay
Approaching 'retirement' from the Army after 24 years' service, I had to decide what I wanted to be when I 'grow up'. I had built up a keen interest in anatomy and physiology, from many stints of physical therapy following injury, so started looking into becoming a physiotherapist. After a few university open days, it became frustratingly apparent that my 6 'O' levels and BTEC National Diploma from 'way-back-when' would not pass academic screening for university entrance; I would have to do an Access to HE Diploma.
I heard about DistanceLearningCentre.com from the Access to HE website and decided to 'bite-the-bullet' after reading the testimonials and checking with universities whether the diploma offered would be acceptable; this was how I found out just how well regarded DistanceLearningCentre.com is. Luckily, the course was also recognised by the Army as 'acceptable for HE funding'.
I'm not going to lie, the Access to HE (Allied Health Professions) Diploma is hard work; it involves modules in academic skills and psychology, as well as the expected biology. It also required self-discipline to come in from a long day's work and get my brain into gear to produce work that was both up to standard and to the fairly tight deadlines; no time for procrastination! Don't expect the learning material to provide you with all of the answers; it gives you just enough to get you wanting to do your own self-directed research to find out more; I suppose that's pretty much the point of it!
I cannot praise the tutors enough; I completed this course during a particularly turbulent period of my life and I had moments of serious self-doubt; the encouragement and support I received from my tutors was great and got me back on track. I am especially grateful for one tutor's help with my university application personal statement; as a result, I was called for for interview by all five university choices and have now secured a place with my first choice of Cardiff, pending moderation. This has given me a tremendous sense of achievement. (Jun 16)