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DistanceLearningCentre.com are there to educate, motivate and commend you throughout your journey - Natalie Denham

Natalie Denham

As a mature student with PTSD, the main symptoms being anxiety and panic disorder, teamed with juggling family obligations, I had many factors against me throughout my studies. Naturally, I had a few reservations about whether or not it would be possible to complete the course; let alone apply to university. My ultimate goal was to start a career in Biomedical Science, with a view to eventually complete a Masters and PhD in Immunology - an area of keen interest.

It wasn't long into my search for providers that I found DistanceLearningCentre.com who put me at ease by informing me that, in addition to the course, they also assist students with their university applications through UCAS. I liaised with prospective universities about my options with DistanceLearningCentre.com, and after some very careful consideration, I gleefully embarked on my chosen Access to HE Science course.

DistanceLearningCentre.com were more than accommodating from the outset and throughout, with regular check-ins from the student support team regarding my mental health and wellbeing, moreover they hand-picked each of my tutors based on my needs and individual learning style; I felt supported, valued and empowered.

The main takeaway from my time with DistanceLearningCentre.com would be that you are capable of more than you think. As someone who was an average student throughout school and a self-confessed procrastinator, I managed to astound myself by achieving numerous Distinctions; even during times of adversity. I'm delighted to announce that I am set to start my Biomedical Science degree later this year, and it wouldn't have been possible without the contributions from DistanceLearningCentre.com.

The key thing is to avoid competing with, or comparing yourself to, anyone else and their personal timeline. I was reminded by one of my tutors that I am the only person with my unique life experience, my individual perspective on my chosen subject, and my particular skill set, and that is invaluable to future employers. When you decide that you are ready to take that all-important next step in your career, DistanceLearningCentre.com are there to educate, motivate and commend you throughout your journey.

It was DistanceLearningCentre.com that provided me with the necessary tools and support to not just succeed, but to soar - Richard Diedo

Richard Diedo

As a mature student, the decision to undertake an Access to Higher Education Diploma as a stepping stone to an undergraduate degree in Social Work was a commitment not lightly made. I researched several online training providers before selecting DistanceLearningCentre.com, an organisation which has enabled my transformation and the achievement of my personal goals.

Throughout, the support of tutors, my wife, and the wider DistanceLearningCentre.com community were fundamental in enabling me to overcome adversity. The peer support of fellow students proved a wonderful resource. People of all ages and backgrounds united in their desire to study and self-develop, quick to offer support, help and encouragement. Many times, I was truly humbled by the stories of others and inspired by the personal journeys of my peers. With passing time and growing confidence, I was able to 'pay it back' and became active in helping and encouraging others through the Facebook support group.

With the excellent learning materials, the well-structured program, the prompt marking and honest feedback of my tutors who challenged me to not just pass, but to excel, I was delighted to complete my access course in a little over 5 months, achieve distinctions in all my graded units, and secure a confirmed place at my chosen University for this academic year.

I embark on the next step of my journey with renewed self-confidence, a re-awakening of my love of learning, and the firm belief that at any age I can achieve my goals, an attitude that I hope to share with others through my future social work. It took a personal leap of faith to surrender a secure job and embark on this transformational journey. It was DistanceLearningCentre.com that provided me with the necessary tools and support to not just succeed, but to soar.

The time and passion tutors gave me to help achieve my goals and dreams made me feel more confident in myself - Nikola Mirga

Nikola Mirga

Due to the pandemic and the negative stigma around studying online it made me more reluctant to want to study online, however since the first day of applying the DistanceLearningCentre.com staff were extremely informative and willing to help every step of the way. All the tutors I had were exceptionally knowledgeable about their subject, understanding and kind-hearted. Ultimately, they wanted me to succeed as much as I did myself, whenever I felt down or unmotivated, they would be encouraging and enthusiastic, which allowed me to power through and successfully complete the course to the best of my ability. The feedback from tasks was filled with brilliant detail about what I succeeded in and ways I needed to improve, which was essential for me to be able to achieve the highest grades.

The learning materials are filled with relevant and concise information allowing me to easily understand the information before completing the tasks. The time and passion tutors gave me to help achieve my goals and dreams made me feel more confident in myself. Overall, from this course I was able develop a foundation of skills that will assist me in university such as discipline, resilience, competence, referencing and writing in a high academic standard. Thus, I have successfully achieved a place at Coventry University to study Midwifery and all thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com as without them I would not be able to be in this fortunate position.

DistanceLearningCentre.com stood out for me because of its flexibility and affordability - Fanny Chikumbanje

Fanny Chikumbanje

I initially enrolled for a full-time course at a college in 2019, from which I dropped out because I did not meet the requirements to obtain a student loan.

DistanceLearningCentre.com was the only option that was available for me to pursue the Access to higher Education course. As a self-funded student with a job and family I had to adapt to my new routine. In a normal environment, I was ready, well I felt like I was. But in 2020 things changed, albeit for everyone. Working for the NHS my work changed things significantly during the lockdown, this, plus home schooling kids, I had to adapt even more.

Being at the heart of a changing NHS in the time of the pandemic was an honour, and I would not have chosen anything different. My priorities were my work and helping my children to navigate the challenges of a school year that was not normal. Against this background, I enrolled for the distance learning program.

DistanceLearningCentre.com stood out for me because of its flexibility and affordability. I found the materials well detailed and easy to understand. Enrolling to study remotely for a science course, was overwhelmingly nerve-wracking but my tutors were very kind, supportive and helpful. They were always there when I needed guidance and would respond to emails in a timely manner. Their support allowed me to excel and achieve high grades. I have now secured a place at a university. Award of Achievement Nominee

I just wish I could continue studying with them - Daniel Baggs

Daniel Baggs

When I was doing my A Levels, I had no idea what I actually wanted to do at university. This means when I did go to university, I was not interested in the course I chose and ultimately dropped out after the first year.

Since, I've been trying to discover what I actually want to do in life. I have never really considered the sciences before, because I never developed a passion for them at school. Many of my friends work in scientific fields, and they inspire me every day about the work they do, and I started to wonder whether this would be the right fit for me.

A-Levels were impractical, and I didn't even know Access Courses existed until I found DistanceLearningCentre.com. My main mission was to discover when I finish the course whether:

  1. Did I enjoy learning about the sciences?
  2. Did I confidently tackle the assessments and achieve high marks?
  3. Do I want to learn more?

Fortunately, the answer to all those questions was a massive 'YES!'. DistanceLearningCentre.com helped me discover my passion for the sciences for which I previously never considered and always thought they were inaccessible to me. The nature of the course meant that you had the opportunity to translate your efforts into higher grades. I loved the format - you were given the starting points through the materials, and then it was up to you to research further to build comprehensive answers to the assessment criteria.

There were times where I'd find myself going “I'll never be able to do this”, but support from the tutors was fantastic, and being able to overcome the initial self-doubt through support and extensive research became a euphoric feeling, and validated the reasons why I wanted to go into the sciences at university.

I have achieved 45 distinctions and this means I have a wide range of options when it comes to studying at university. DistanceLearningCentre.com has crucially taught me the study skills required for university which is by far the most important thing. I'm sure I'll find myself in situations at university where I'm stuck, or not completely “getting” the content, but I've shown I can overcome this through the Access course. DistanceLearningCentre.com has ultimately helped me unlock what I want to do in life, and I'm so grateful for the support they have given me.

I just wish I could continue studying with them!

PS: Your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a simple but amazing tool. Use it!

I was amazed at the positive energy they had towards further education - Adnan Hussain

Adnan Hussain

Returning to education can be a very daunting challenge for a mature student, so like all in my situation, I was very apprehensive. My only other educational experience was in the regular school system and I knew I had to find a provider who was flexible, as I still needed to work but also allow me to develop a range of skills, which would be vital to further education.

After speaking to DistanceLearningCentre.com, they removed a lot of my concerns. Everything was explained in a very professional manner and I was amazed at the positive energy they had towards further education. I also suffer from learning disabilities and the support network they have in place for this is brilliant. I decided this was the best organisation to study my Access to Social Science.

On my very first lesson everything was broken down. Information on writing skills and critical thinking, which were vital parts of the course, was explained to me. The ILP (Individual Learning Plan) was another helpful tool. It allowed me to plan my modules and work towards a time frame which enabled me to fit my studies around my work. The weekly one to ones with my tutor were very helpful. Any problems in terms of knowledge I was having on the course we could then engage with so I could come to a better understanding.

DistanceLearningCentre.com gave me the opportunity to study at a time in my life that I couldn't commit to the set schedule of a college - Alfa Marks

Alfa Marks

I had worked as a circus performer in the UK and internationally for the past 10 years. Partly due to the devastating impact of the pandemic on the entertainment industry, I decided on a career change and began researching a route to retrain as a therapeutic radiographer.

As a mature student I decided to begin an Access Course, this was daunting as I had left education 10 years previously and hadn't studied science since my GCSE's ... I was also 6 months pregnant. I knew the radiography degree would take 3 years so was keen to complete my access course as quickly as possible.

DistanceLearningCentre.com gave me the opportunity to study at a time in my life that I couldn't commit to the set schedule of a college. I was able to begin the course there and then while I was 6 months pregnant, finishing when my daughter was 5 months old. I studied at my own pace around my pregnancy insomnia and my baby's naps. I took breaks as and when I needed them and finished 1 month before the moderation deadline. With the support and guidance of my tutors I achieved grades beyond what I needed to secure a place at my 1st choice university St George's London.

I am so proud of what I have achieved and so grateful to the tutors at DistanceLearningCentre.com for their support. After a long break from education, the course has developed my independent learning skills and prepared me for the demands of university. Award of Achievement Nominee

The initial registration with reception and the induction chat with my lovely first tutor melted all my concerns - Hanna Kovats

Hanna Kovats

My journey with distance education started two years ago, when I felt that dental nursing was limiting my abilities, and I wanted to achieve more in life. Coming from Hungary made it impossible to use my earlier grades for university applications, so I had to find a plan B to get the needed grades while keeping up my job.

After long and thorough research, I found Distancelearningcentre.com and frankly the testimonials turned the corner for me to sign up, a decision I will never regret!

Distancelearningcentre.com lived up to its reputation; the initial registration with reception and the induction chat with my lovely first tutor melted all my concerns. The road was rough, and I shed a fair number of tears while doing my psychology course. English being my second language made it harder to understand academic literature and produce an a-level standard essay. The learning curve was steep, but my tutor was super encouraging, gently guiding me in the right direction through our tutorial calls, emails, and assessment feedbacks. When I started my biology subject, I already knew the drill.

My second tutor was as positive and encouraging as my first tutor, and was by my side all the way through, whenever I needed help. The materials were well constructed, covering all the needed information relevant to the exams, and offered tons of extra research sites to widen my knowledge and dig deep into the topic, which I found helpful.

The distance learning approach works; however, sacrifice, diligence, and hard work cannot be spared to achieve results. Alongside the good grades my greatest reward was to see my academic improvement through the course and to become more confident in my abilities.

My tutors were with me every step of the way - John Murdoch

John Murdoch

Having spent 6 years in the British Army and also having decided to pursue a career change, I started my Access to Medicine Diploma in March 2021. This was following a recommendation from a colleague who had completed a similar course.

The course is excellently written with information perfectly explained for those who have been out of education for long periods of time. The workload is also extremely manageable; I completed mine in less than 12 months whilst working full time, moving house and still undergoing several overseas military deployments in support of the COVID pandemic.

Through the help and constant academic support from the DistanceLearningCentre.com, I received offers from all 5 of my chosen universities! I have decided to study for an intercalated undergraduate Masters degree (MSci) in Biochemistry and French at the University of Birmingham; I start in September 2021.

I could not have done this without the DistanceLearningCentre.com and their excellent UCAS support - my tutors were with me every step of the way!

I cannot recommend the DistanceLearningCentre.com enough.

I am so thankful and lucky to have found DistanceLearningCentre.com who made my path to university so easy and supported - Cat Holden

Cat Holden

I left high school at 15 years old following mental health issues, leaving me with no GCSEs or A-Levels. I managed to get some GCSEs by myself, but doing A-Levels or higher education without help seemed daunting. My future in education and dream of studying Forensic Psychology at University felt almost not worth pursuing.

I searched far and wide and found DistanceLearningCentre.com who appeared to have rave reviews, which I can now confirm are accurate from my own experience. I was unfamiliar with being set work and meeting online with a tutor and was very concerned about how difficult the course would be as I had been out of education for so long, but I was worrying about nothing. My tutor was fantastic, timely, knowledgeable and extremely supportive; all feedback was personalised and truly centred on me reaching the highest standards of work that I wasn't even aware I was capable of.

After a long period of uncertainty about my future, I finally feel fully prepared for university and all of the standard procedures that come with higher education such as essays, UCAS system, corresponding with tutors and even things I had no idea about like Harvard Referencing!

I am so thankful and lucky to have found DistanceLearningCentre.com who made my path to university so easy and supported. I truly had given up on pursuing education before starting this course and feel I have gained back my confidence in my own intelligence and capabilities. I even received 5 offers from universities for Forensic Psychology and cannot wait to start at my first choice University this year!

Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com, I wouldn't be here without you.

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