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Your tutor is your main point of contact for any course you are studying, guiding your studies and helping you plan and achieve your learning goals. You will be given their contact details just before you start the course.

Staff Team

Alan Brownlee - Tutor

Alan has a degree in Biological Sciences and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Science with Physical Education). He has 12 years experience teaching Science up to GCSE and Biology/Physical Education up to A-Level; including modules on Exercise Physiology and Anatomy & Sport. As a former Head of KS4, he has experience of leading and co-ordinating teams of tutors and implementing mentoring programmes for students in a school setting.

Kirsty Budworth - Tutor

Kirsty has a BA in Social Sciences and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has worked in education for the past 18 years, initially supporting adult learners with Disabilities to achieve and overcome barriers at University. She then worked as a Higher Level teaching assistant supporting students with social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties in mainstream education. After completing her PGCE, Kirsty worked in various High Schools teaching her specialist subjects Health and Social Care, Psychology and Sociology at A level. She has also taught RE, Citizenship, Drama, Psychology and Psychology at GCSE level. Kirsty was Head of Health and Social Care and Psychology at a successful Cheshire Based 6th form college for over 8 years. She has also worked as an exam marker for AQA A level Psychology and Edexcel Health and Social Care GCSE. She has a keen interest in travel, music and is currently mastering 'Achy Breaky Heart' on the ukulele.

Jo Clark - Tutor

Jo has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology, a Post Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE) and a Masters Degree in Sustainable Education. Jo has taught a range of Science and Maths subjects for over 30 years in schools as well as working for a number of years teaching Access to HE in an FE college. She has also been an External Moderator for science with OCR, as well as examining and moderating for AQA. Jo also works for the Open University and Edge Hill University as an Associate tutor on the PGCE programmes.

Tracey Cole-Brownlee - Tutor

Tracey has a B.A. Hons in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has 8 years experience of leading a very successful Psychology department and 11 years experience of teaching Psychology A Level. Tracey also works part-time as a private tutor and for a Pupil Referral Unit, supporting A-Level Psychology students studying from home.

Heather Crosby - Tutor

Heather has a BSc (Hons) in Science with Qualified Teacher Status. She has worked in education for 11 years, initially supporting students with educational needs in mainstream education before going to university to qualify as a Science teacher. For the past 3 years, Heather has been teaching all the three main Science disciplines. She initially studied with the Open University for 4 years covering different aspects of Science before going to university full time to complete her Science degree.

Jane Duxbury - Tutor

Jane has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biochemistry, a Post Graduate Certificate in FE, HE and Adult Education and QTS in Secondary Education. She started off her graduate career in the Biochemistry and Microbiology departments of hospital Pathology. Jane has worked as a College Lecturer in Biology-related A level, Vocational and Access courses. She has also worked as a Secondary Science Teacher covering Chemistry, Physics and Biology up to GCSE level.

Liam Duxbury - Tutor

After leaving Secondary School, Liam worked as a care assistant whilst completing his A levels studies and later made this is full time vocation. As an adult learner he went back into further education before going on to gain a First Class Honours Degree in Biochemistry. After graduation he worked as a Biomedical Scientist in a busy Histology department, and after completed a PGCE in Further and Higher Education and went on to work as a Biology and Chemistry Specialist Tutor in an FE College, where he taught Core Sciences at GCSE, A level, BTEC National Diploma and Access to HE. As his passion for teaching adult learners developed, Liam became the curriculum lead on the Access to HE Diploma and he was also appointed as a moderator for a qualification awarding Body.

Eamonn Farrell - Curriculum Leader (Law & Criminology) & Tutor

Eamonn has an MSc in Project Management in Construction, LLM in Construction Law and Practice, BA (Hons) Geography and Media, a post-graduate professional qualification in Quantity Surveying and a Certificate in Education. He has worked extensively within the construction industry in both commercial management and project management roles and has taught across a broad range of subjects within the Built Environment in both FE and HE.

Marie Farrell - Tutor

As well as a BSc Honours degree, Marie is a CCAB qualified accountant with extensive experience in business, finance and accounting across both public and private sectors. Prior to undertaking a PGCE, she was a Director of Finance with responsibility for multi billion pound budgets. Developing academic programmes with a strong link to practical workplace skills has been a keen interest throughout her career. In addition to teaching business and finance at DistanceLearningCentre.com, she currently teaches undergraduate courses in accounting, business and finance. Special areas of interest include employability in pedagogy and strategic change management.

Rhia Hayday - Curriculum Development Manager, Curriculum Leader (English) & Tutor

Rhia has an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Religious Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has a particular interest in the changing face of British society, gender and ethics. Rhia has experience in designing learning materials for DistanceLearningCentre.com, international and British educational projects, and has worked in academic publishing.

Fiona Johnston - Tutor

Fiona has a BA (Hons) in Applied Community Studies and worked for Social Services as a residential social worker before doing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), she then worked for a number of years teaching Access to HE and A levels in an FE college. Fiona then worked for the Open College Network North West Region (now known as Open Awards), which was an Access to HE Validating Agency/Awarding Body, as the lead for Access to HE programmes and worked with local and national colleagues, including FE and HE partners writing and developing Access to HE units of accreditation and learning programmes. Whilst working there full time, she also studied part-time, completing an MBA.

Colette Lawlor - Tutor

Colette has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (FE) Science and an MA in Creative Writing. She has taught human biology and science in Further Education for 20 years on a variety of courses (Access to HE, A Level, GCSE, GNVQ, BTEC) in colleges across the North West. She works as an Examiner and Moderator for AQA A Level Biology and is an external moderator for Ascentis.

Pam Leach - Curriculum Leader (Biology) & Tutor

Pam has a BSc (Hons) in Genetics & Cell Biology from the University of Manchester, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been teaching in secondary schools for the past two decades. Pam is also an examiner for AQA GCSE Science, and an external moderator of centre assessed GCSE Science coursework.

Nicky Leeth - Tutor

Nicky has a Degree and Masters in Psychology also a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been a researcher at a University. She co-founded DistanceLearningCentre.com (DLC) in 1993 with Karen Hayday. Prior to working for the DistanceLearningCentre.com full time she managed and taught within the Social Studies department of a highly successful FE College in NW England where she was responsible for over 1000 students and 15 staff. Her teaching experience includes degree courses as well as level 2 and 3, adults , 16-18 year old learners and trainee teachers. She has been an examiner for AQA A level Psychology. Nicky is also a Leader for National Trust working holidays with a special interest in woodland conservation. In her spare time she is a bee-keeper and is back in the classroom as a student taking bee-keeping examinations.

Lara Mason - Tutor

Lara has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire and a PGCE in Social Sciences from Keele University. She gained practical research and undergraduate teaching experience whilst working in the Psychology Department at UCLan for 3 years. Lara has taught A-level Psychology & 1st Year Undergraduate Psychology at a Further Education College for 5 years.

Carmen McKenzie - Tutor

Carmen has a BSC (Hons) in Psychology and has taught up to 'A' level Psychology in several FE colleges, Sixth Forms and Adult Education Centres in her region. She has a PGCE and a Level 4 PTLLS Award and is an experienced Examiner. Carmen has also taught Health & Social Care, Sociology & Critical Thinking 'A' levels, with experience of co-ordinating teams and designing course materials across most exam boards.

Fiona McNamee - Tutor

Fiona has a BSc. (Hons) in Biomedical Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has taught on Access to Higher Education courses, A level Biology, Foundation Degree, GCSE, as well as teaching 14 -19 year olds on BTEC Diplomas and acting as a personal tutor. Fiona has worked in customer service for many years, whilst studying, and is also a former Access to H.E. student herself.

Karen McNulty - Tutor

Karen originally hails from Scotland and obtained a 1st Class undergraduate masters degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. She then completed a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Manchester before training to be a teacher. She has taught science in secondary schools for over 11 years. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for science with others and loves to craft in her free time.

Bradley Muirhead - Tutor

Bradley has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a PGCE specialising in Post Compulsory Education. He has taught in colleges for over eight years across a range of subjects, in particular Psychology and Criminology.

Andy Neill - Tutor

Andy has a degree in Humanities, a PGCE in Post-16 Education and a subject specialism in Numeracy. He has been teaching maths, English, ICT and other subjects in various FE and secondary settings for 15 years. He has experience of leading and co-ordinating teams of tutors. He also currently works part time in a Pupil Referral Unit.

Jason O'Mahoney - Tutor Support Manager & Tutor

Jason has a BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology, Professional Diploma in Marketing Research and Information (CIM), Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Political Science. A very experienced teacher of Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and Health Studies, Jason has also been an Internal Verifier in Access to HE and an Examiner for the Open College of the North West. In addition, he has extensive experience of designing course materials across a range of subject specialisms and has also been Exams Officer and Head of Subject for Social Sciences with distancelearningcentre.com prior to his current role.

Yvonne Otter - Tutor

Yvonne has a First Class BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Philosophy and a Masters degree in Education. She is an experienced lecturer who as taught in F.E. and via distance learning since 2002 and has worked both as a teacher and as a head of department. She has written Functional Maths exams and GCSE and Access distance learning materials.

Janet Preece - Curriculum Leader (Chemistry & Physics) & Tutor

Janet has BSc (Hons) degree in Marine Biology from Bangor University, North Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Biology with Science and Technology). She is an experienced FE lecturer working in a number of colleges for over 15 years and teaching on a range of courses from GCSE to Degree level including Access to HE and Level 2 IT. Janet has supported students as a personal tutor and managed HE programmes. Her interests include beekeeping through which she is a committee member at her local beekeeping association.

Dominic Quaintrell - Tutor

Dominic has a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology, a M.Sc in Psychological Research Methods and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Dominic has worked in the FE sector for eleven years as both a tutor and manager. He has worked with both adults on the Access to HE Diploma and A-Level Psychology with the 16-18 age group. Dominic is also an examiner for A-Level Psychology.

Yvonne Quaintrell - Tutor

Yvonne has an M.Sc. in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology, a B.Sc (Hons) in Social Sciences and Psychology, and a HE Certificate in Education. Yvonne has worked in the FE sector since 1999, working with both adult and sixth form students on Access courses, Apprenticeships and Degree programmes. She has taught from level 1 up to undergraduate level in a range of topics including; Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Education and Childhood Studies. She has recently published a chapter in ‘Researching from a Playwork Perspective, Vol. II’ on researching Play in Prisons.

Zoë Reddin - Curriculum Leader (Health & Social Care) & Tutor

Zoë has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Hotel and Catering Management, Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, is qualified in Training and Development and possesses D32 & D33 assessor awards. She is a very experienced Trainer & Assessor delivering a variety of qualifications, including Key Skills in Application of Number and Communication.

Jo Rowe - Tutor

Jo has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a PGCE (level 7) in Secondary, Further and Higher Education. Joanne has experience teaching Psychology, Sociology, study skills and literacy at various levels, to mature learners. She worked for some years in a North West FE college teaching GCSE and Access to HE Diploma. She has also taught AS/A2 Psychology at a North West Sixth Form College. As a mature learner and an ex-Access to HE student, Joanne has an understanding of the importance of teaching and learning. Her interest in education is evident as she has recently contributed to a book entitled 'Teaching Tomorrow' published by Gatehouse Media Limited which is about recognising learner differentiation and learning styles. In the near future Joanne is contemplating studying a Masters in Educational Psychology.

Emma Sconce - Tutor

Emma has a BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science and has taught at several FE and sixth-form colleges across various BTEC and A Level programmes on mixture of units such as Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition and Biomechanics. Emma has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is currently completing a Masters in Strength and Conditioning focusing on Isokinetic testing of athletes as the final dissertation project. She is hoping to add more published journal reviews to her portfolio this year.

Rebecca Smith - Curriculum Leader (Psychology & Social Work) & Tutor

Rebecca has a BSc (Combined Hons) in Psychology and Biology. She has taught Psychology and Biology A Level and GCSE at a large secondary school where she was the Psychology curriculum leader for over 15 years. Rebecca has been an examiner for OCR Psychology and AQA Biology.

Lisa Toole - Curriculum Leader (Humanities) & Tutor

Lisa has a BA (Hons) in English Literary studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in FE. Lisa worked for many years in a FE college teaching GCSE, A/S A-level and Access to HE Diploma in English Language and Literature. Lisa also taught on a English Language/Literature and writing degree programme which was validated by Lancaster University. Lisa has lots of experience with adult learners as she was Senior Tutor Support and Guidance. Lisa is also a Reiki practitioner.