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.
I had offers from all my university choices before I even completed the course - Temitope Eniola
I stumbled across the DistanceLearningCentre.com website while I was looking for an online access course. I enrolled, and the rest is history. I have just completed the access course and am finding it hard to believe. When I started, I had a full time job with 2 young children. Juggling my busy life with studying was the hardest thing I had to do. Honestly, the course is tough but can be done. Motivation, discipline and determination is crucial. What kept me going? My dream of becoming an occupational therapist and encouraging words from friends and family. This quote helped me get through those frustrating days: "NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM JUST BECAUSE OF THE TIME IT WILL TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH IT. THE TIME WILL PASS ANYWAY!"
I had offers from all my university choices before I even completed the course. I would like to say a big thank you to my tutors; you were brilliant and so supportive. I can't say thank you enough. Choosing DistanceLearningCentre.com was the best decision ever. The tutors and staff are so helpful. Most importantly, it is affordable. I paid in instalments which made life a lot easier for me.
Don't give up on your dream. You can do it too!!!! (Jun 15)
Useful and constructive feedback was always given shortly after completing assignments - Rhys Birch
Fab5 Award Nominee
Having decided that I want to change my career path, but being short on qualifications, I decided to enrol on the Access to Allied Healthcare Professions Diploma with DistanceLearningCentre.com in October 2014. I was initially concerned how I would fare working full time and studying a demanding course, however I quickly learned that the staff at were very supportive and the course was well structured and offered flexibility, which was essential due to my unpredictable shift work. This enabled me to complete the course in time for the June moderation and surpass expectations and targets I had set myself.
I applied for university through UCAS and again found that both staff and materials DistanceLearningCentre.com provided were of great help during this process. I subsequently have an offer to study at Brunel University London in September 2015.
Overall I have had a very good experience with DistanceLearningCentre.com, the tutors were of great help and always quick to respond to queries. Useful and constructive feedback was always given shortly after completing assignments. I would recommend them to family and friends. (Jun 15)
Eventually I will have recommended you to all my friends and relatives - Zia Afif
When I got married and moved to the UK, it was my intentioned to go to University and pursue a career in Law.
At first I decided to improve my English language, if I am to fully achieve my goal to study in university in Law degree. But the idea of going to university never left my mind. After doing some research, I realized that DistanceLearningCentre.com is the ideal place for me to continue my studies. And it gave me a chance, to apply for an Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree in Law which I have always aspired to do.
As a housewife and a mother to a one year old son and working as a volunteer in two different places, DistanceLearningCentre.com provided me with the opportunity to study the Access course from home. Despite the everyday challenges of being a mother and doing work as volunteer, DistanceLearningCentre.com gives me great pleasure and a sense of achievement.
Eventually, I will have recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com to all my friends, relative and families, who want to study access course, as it is the best place to study from distance and contained very useful materials and very effective and friendly teachers. (Jun 14)
They are professional, organised, and highly focused on the learner's experience - Christine Huntley
Fab5 Award Nominee
After many years of regretting not obtaining a degree in my early twenties I decided to fulfil my goal and embark on an online degree programme. I applied and was promptly told that I did not possess enough UCAS points to be eligible as UCAS no longer recognised my Level 3 BTEC qualification. I was very disappointed having built my hopes up and was looking forward to getting stuck into my degree. I started to look into online A levels and I subsequently found information regarding the Access to Higher Education Diploma. This was exactly what I needed! With the added bonus that I wouldn't have to do three separate A levels (two of which would have been in subjects I'm not particularly interested in) just in order to obtain enough UCAS points.
I was referred to DistanceLearningCentre.com by the official Access to Higher Education Diploma website. I was immediately impressed with the DistanceLearningCentre.com staff as I received a response to my initial enquiry within hours. I found their website to be very professional and I read many reviews raving about DistanceLearningCentre.com courses.
The online resources provided by DistanceLearningCentre.com are excellent, easy to use and understand. Learning outside of the classroom environment can be challenging however DistanceLearningCentre.com accommodates this very successfully by providing detailed unit materials and activities to test your understanding. You also receive one to one time with your tutors which is invaluable. All of my tutors were excellent, very helpful, clearly experts in their field and highly effective teachers. For example, part of my psychology diploma involved an inferential statistics exercise which I found particularly difficult. I emailed my tutor and we arranged a skype chat where she spent an hour teaching me the fundamentals and talking me through how I should approach my assignment. This hour was invaluable! It all made so much sense after speaking to my tutor which put my mind at ease straight away.
In summary, I would highly recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com for Access to Higher Education Diplomas. They are professional, organised, and highly focused on the learner's experience. (Nov 14)
The most cost effective way of fulfilling my desire to attend university - Yandek Richards
After having my own children and volunteering at their school, I realized my jobs in the past were insignificant compared to helping children. I decided then that I would love to dedicate my life to become a child nurse. I completed my degree which is BTEC Diploma equivalent over 20 years ago from Indonesia. As could guess, I have had to gain my GCSE equivalents in Math and English as well as an Access course to Nursing before any university would even consider taking me on the course.
As a full-time mum of two young children, and volunteer worker at school and hospital, I decided to explore the possibility of studying online, as this was the most cost effective way of fulfilling my desire to attend university. I was able to study at my own pace but at the same time I could look after my children. I found out about DistanceLearningCentre.com by searching online. The structure of the course was easy to follow and the tutors were very supportive and amazing to work with.
I have just completed my course for June 2015 moderation, which is such a relief and an achievement I am so proud of. I am so excited as I have been offered a place at Middlesex University in their Child Nursing course for September 2015. My dream of becoming a child nurse is well on track, thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com and the tutors. (Jun 15)
Have made the end goal of becoming an inspirational teacher possible - Nigel Bostock
Fab5 Award Nominee
Whilst having one of those defining "That's it, I've had enough" moments after spending the best part of 15 years in the military, I started exploring the different routes into teaching, a direct result of finding different ways to inspire my own children to enjoy learning. With no further or higher education qualifications or recent educational experiences behind me, I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com and quickly started a Level 3 Access to High Education Diploma in Primary Teaching with Science; but not before completing Maths, English and Biology GCSE Equivalents.
I was required to undertake a placement at my local primary school, helping to achieve and develop practical skills, which confirmed my decision to move towards a rewarding career change.
Straight from the off, the course was intense, whilst juggling the deployable demands of a military career as well as a wife and two children aged 3 and 7, I set myself some hard targets, smashing out an assignment every two weeks. Don`t get me wrong, this is achievable, but you need to be disciplined, strong willed and dedicated, even when frustratingly sat in the middle of some random exercise with no internet connection or phone signal for days and weeks on end.
May I be given the opportunity to say a BIG thank you to all the DistanceLearningCentre.com staff, especially my very patient tutors who have made my next step studying at university with the end goal of becoming an inspirational teacher possible.
"Per Ardua ad Astra" (through adversity to the stars). (Jun 15)
I have severe dyslexia and dyspraxia, reading and writing have always been very difficult for me - Jade Nicholas
Fab5 Award Nominee
DistanceLearningCentre.com gave me a lifeline to achieving my goals at a time when I thought I would have to settle for a career that did not involve going to university. I have severe dyslexia and dyspraxia and reading and writing have always been very difficult for me. I did a level 3 course at college and as I did not receive the support I needed I did not get the grades necessary to meet the university entrance requirements. I was already enrolled for the following year in courses to redo my Maths and English G.C.S.E as well as taking on part time jobs in a Pre-School in the mornings and a local school working in the afternoons in the after school club. I was also volunteering at the school once a week in the Reception class to increase my knowledge and experience of what teaching was about. When I found out my grades were not high enough from my level 3, I was initially devastated as I did not have the time to enroll in another course.
When I found DistanceLearningCentre.com I was so excited as I could do the course around my existing commitments and I still had the chance to achieve my goals. I did struggle at times with the workload but the tutors were very supportive and understanding by giving me extensions when necessary. I was worried about the written exams I would have to do but again the tutors were very helpful and let me do the exams orally to them while they wrote down my answers. The DistanceLearningCentre.com has helped me on my way to achieving my goal of becoming a teacher and I have been accepted at University to study a degree in Teaching, Learning and Child Development. (Nov 14)
Enrolment was straightforward and everyone from tech support to finance was friendly and helpful - Karen Meaney
As an accountant, being made redundant twice in a short space of time, I decided that if I was going to make the career jump to healthcare, now was the time to do it. I ran into all sorts of obstacles: my gcse's were too old, my foundation degree was from a professional body and didn't count - so if I was going to do it I would have to start from scratch.
I couldn't justify giving up work in order to go to college two days a week to complete a HE diploma that I needed. Happily I found DistanceLearningCentre.com on the internet and everything began to drop into place. Enrolment was straightforward and everyone from tech support to finance was friendly and helpful. The tutors were amazing and managed to motivate me throughout even when the going got tough.
I have just completed the course and now have a place at university to study paramedic science starting this September. This would never have become a reality without DistanceLearningCentre.com. Thank You! (Jun 15)
I thought that being Dutch and lacking native English writing skills would prevent me from achieving distinctions. Fortunately, I was wrong - Marike Schepers
Fab5 Award Nominee
After years of contemplating whether or not to pursue a career in Midwifery I started to look into the options of how I could meet the entry requirements. When I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com I knew this was it. The flexibility of the program enabled me to combine work, kids and my study. This way I didn't have to make any sacrifice before actually securing a place at University.
Nevertheless I was quite concerned about taking the access course, as I had not studied in over ten years. Moreover, I thought that being Dutch and lacking native English writing skills would prevent me from achieving the very much-needed distinctions.
Fortunately, I was wrong, and with the support of my tutors next to the well-developed course structure, my essay writing skills got a huge boost. Not only did I manage to finish the Progression Award in Science plus the full access course within the year, I also managed to receive the distinctions I needed. These achievements helped me in securing a place for Midwifery at my preferred London University. Finally my time has come in pursuing my dream career. I can not thank my tutors and DistanceLearningCentre.com enough. Bring on September! (Jun 15)
The extraordinary lengths they went to nurture and encourage me was most appreciated - Olawale Alade
I was tired hopping from one job to the other, I wanted professional credentials. My quest for a University Education to support this goal appeared to have eluded me when I failed to get admission having applied twice through UCAS. DistanceLearningCentre.com was first mentioned whilst sitting with an Admissions Officer at Kings College. She had appraised the degree I obtained eighteen years ago as unsuitable for admission due to it being more than ten years old. She recommended an Access Course, and being a full time worker, that DistanceLearningCentre.com would be best suited to my needs.
Immediately I enrolled, and although I burned with enthusiasm, it was challenging at first. I was however resolute. I retained my shift patterns, working Early Late and Night shifts, and managed to study at every opportunity I had. The support offered by my tutors and the extraordinary lengths they went to nurture and encourage me was most appreciated. I have identified my natural talents and resourcefulness in the helping profession and didn't want to miss out on the enrolment for the 2014 Nursing Program. I am really glad I made it eventually.
Whilst completing my UCAS application in January, I doubted my ability to complete the course early enough and indicated in three of my choices a preference for deferred admission. Early in April, I travelled to Nigeria to attend my brother's wedding where I played the role of father figure. I missed three solid weeks, and on return I felt it would be difficult to achieve my targets. Kingston University however offered me admission with just nine credits to finish. I am very thankful to all my tutors. They supported and encouraged me when things got tough and the going was rough. DistanceLearningCentre.com has given me a unique opportunity and has made my dream possible. I will recommend them to anyone who might be put off by the thought of full time study whilst holding down a job. It is refreshingly invigorating and empowering getting the support tutors on the program can offer. (Nov 14)
Fab5 Award Nominee
When I started working as HCA in August 2012, I quickly realised being in the Mental Health field offers me the unique privilege of using my therapeutic skills to support in a way that I have always wanted. However, having a degree in Guidance and Counselling which I obtained 18 years ago, I knew I needed to achieve qualified Mental Health Nurse status to fully enjoy my work. I quickly set about exploring avenue to enrol for a degree course. It was with disappointment I learnt that my previous degree, being over ten years old, would mean I needed to take Access to Higher Education Course.
I actually thought it was something I could breeze through but half way through my GCSE (Science & Maths) equivalent I was discouraged. Managing a family and coping with full time shift work was not an ideal combination I anticipated it would be. It was a challenging and difficult time for me. The supports and help that the tutors offered me, and in particular, the extra mile tutors offered, was most valuable. At some point, I decided I would have to defer my admission till 2015, but the tutors egged me on. The tutors positive attitude and encouragement they offered, which was genuine and in abundance, gave me renewed hope that I could complete enough credits to meet admission criteria. Without the support of DistanceLearningCentre.com, I would not be at University now. I am so thankful for all the supports given to me and I highly recommend them to anyone who, in spite of their busy schedule, still nurse an ambition of pursing a course of their dreams at University level. It is not too late as you might think and an excellent group of tutors are waiting to offer you a unique experience. (July 15)