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Awards of Achievement

Win back half your Access to HE Diploma course fees!

For outstanding achievement on our Access to Higher Education Diplomas, whether academic, personal or helping others.


Award FAQs

Who are they for? The Awards are open to any student who achieves a full Access to Higher Education Diploma with DistanceLearningCentre.com. One set of Awards are made in September/October each year, for students who completed their Access to HE Diplomas and were entered for the previous November or June Moderations.

What do the winners receive? Award winners be repaid half the cost of their course fees in recognition of their exceptional achievements, currently worth £538.50! They will also receive an official Award of Achievement Certificate.

How do I enter? All students who achieve a full Access to HE Diploma are entered automatically. Tutors put forward the names of their nominees and outline reasons as to why they are making the nomination. Other tutors who have worked with the student are also be asked to contribute and comment. The nominations are then judged by the DistanceLearningCentre.com Awards Panel.

What might make someone an award winner? The principal factors taken into consideration by the panel are:

  1. Helping others − for example, students who are active on the forum helping other students.
  2. Overcoming adversity − students who have achieved their Access to HE Diploma even though they have faced adversity or difficult circumstances whilst on the course.
  3. Academic excellence − students who have personally excelled in their studies. This does not necessarily mean that students have to have achieved all distinctions, it focuses on the 'distance travelled' from when they started the course to their achievement on the course.

When do the awards start? The first round of Awards was made in August 2014 and now they are awarded in September/October each year.

How are the winners announced? If you are chosen as one of the 10 winners, we will contact you before any announcement of the winners list is made. This will be to confirm that you are willing to accept the award and that you are happy to abide by the Terms and Conditions below.

Terms & Conditions. Award nominees agree that:

  1. The Award Panel judges decision is final.
  2. The amount of the Award will be equal to half the fee for the Access to HE Diploma Course at the time the individual commenced their studies. It will not include the cost of additional qualifications, Awarding Body Registration Fees, additional Credits, the Enrolment Fee or Extension Fees.
  3. Award winners give permission for DistanceLearningCentre.com to use their name and details about their studies and the reasons why the Award has been made for publicity purposes through whichever media DistanceLearningCentre.com sees fit.
  4. Award winners will provide DistanceLearningCentre.com with one or more recent photographs and a testimonial about their experiences on the course, to be provided before the Award is finally agreed and an announcement of the winners made.

History These Awards of Achievement used to be called the 'Fab 5 Awards' but, based on the experience of the first 4 years of the awards, our judges felt that making 10 awards instead of 5 created a better opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements of more of our students. They felt that every year they had to eliminate too many of the nominated students from the awards, when they really wanted to mark and celebrate their success.


The website and materials were easy to navigate and the Facebook group gave me extra reassurance and support.

The tutors were supportive, patient and most importantly motivated me to carry on when I found it tough. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing to gain an extra qualification to achieve their dream career. Emily


The learning materials were excellent and they exceeded my expectations. I would like to thank my family and the tutors for their amazing support.

I am happy to say to have secured a place to study a Nursing Degree this September. I cannot recommend them enough. Yannick


The course is excellently written with information perfectly explained for those who have been out of education.

I completed mine whilst working full time, undergoing several overseas military deployments in support of the COVID pandemic. I could not have done this without them, my tutors were with me every step of the way! John


Support of tutors, & the wider student community were fundamental in enabling me to overcome adversity. The peer support of fellow students proved a wonderful resource. People of all ages & backgrounds united in their desire to study & self-develop, quick to offer help & encouragement. So I became active in supporting others through the Facebook Group. Richard


I have dyslexia. They suited all my needs. It was flexible, affordable, and the modules offered would provide me with the fundamental basics to study a Law degree.

They did more than help me get into my dream Russell Group university studying Law. The whole experience finally made me feel academically worthy. Sam


Tutors and staff have been fantastic in helping me achieve the grades I need, as well as any other situations I needed support with.

I applied to 2 universities and have received conditional offers from both.

I have achieved more credits than the offer requires, it wouldn't have been possible without them. Aaliya


I loved the flexibility that comes with the course and the outstanding tutors.

I have since been offered a place from two universities to study a BSc in Adult Nursing.

It is in this regard that I strongly recommend them without hesitation for any person who would like to reboot their career. Mehluli


I was very nervous about beginning my studies as I thought that Access to HE Diplomas were aimed at mature students, being 17 at the time of beginning my studies. But I was so wrong!

The Diploma is for anyone wanting to enter higher education. The staff, and my tutors especially, couldn't have been more accommodating and supportive. Beth


From day one I found my tutors to be incredibly friendly, supportive and accessible. They encourage independent learning, but are always there to give guidance and answer questions of any kind.

The learning materials are brilliant; extremely thorough and logically laid out in topics and sub-topics, so you move smoothly through. Victoria


The materials were easy to follow. I received advice from others via the Facebook page & from my personal tutor, who was always so quick to answer any questions. During the modules, I developed my research methods & even my English improved. I am far more confident in finding the pros & cons of every theory. I now feel I am in a far better position & I am currently enrolled on an LLB Qualifying Law degree. Sean


They stood out for me because of their flexibility and affordability.

Enrolling to study remotely for a science course, was overwhelmingly nerve-wracking but my tutors were very kind, supportive and helpful. Their support allowed me to excel and achieve high grades. I have now secured a place at a university. Fanny