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 2016/17 Academic Year, our students completed and were awarded Certificates for:
- 855 Access to HE Diplomas
- 129 Access to HE Certificates of Achievement
- 55 Progression Awards
- 223 Maths
- 131 English
- 78 Science
Student gained places at the following 108 universities for 2017 entry:
Anglia Ruskin University, Aston University, Bangor University, Bath Spa University, Bath University, Birmingham City University, Birmingham University, Bishop Grosseteste University, Bolton University, Bournemouth University, BPP University, Bradford University, Brighton University, Bristol University, Brunel University, Buckinghamshire New University, Cambridge University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, Central Lancashire (UCLAN) University, Chester University, Chichester University, City University of London, Coventry University, Cumbria University, De Montfort University, Derby University, Dundee University, East Anglia University, East London University, Edgehill University, Edinburgh Napier University, Essex University, Exeter University, Glasgow University, Gloucestershire University, Goldsmiths University of London, Greenwich University, Havering College, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Hertfordshire University, Huddersfield University, Hull University, Keele University, Kent University, Kings College London, Kingston University, Lancaster University, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds University, Leicester University, Lincoln University, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool University, London Metropolitan University, London Southbank University, Loughborough University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester University, Middlesex University, Newcastle University, Newman University, Northampton University, Northumbria University, Norwich City College of FE and HE, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham University, Oxford Brookes University, Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth University, Portsmouth University, Queen Margaret's University, Queen's University Belfast, Reading University, Roehampton University, Salford University, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield University, SOAS University of London, South Essex College, South Wales University, Southampton University, St George's University of London, St Mark and St John University, Staffordshire University, Stirling University, Sunderland University, Surrey University, Sussex University, Swansea University, Teeside University, University Campus Suffolk, University Centre Colchester, University Centre Hartpury, University Centre Southend and Thurrock, University College London (UCL), University of Bedfordshire, West London University, West of England University, Westminster University, Wolverhampton University, Worcester University, York St John University, York University.
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)
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)
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)
Has really equipped me to deal with the bigger challenges ahead - Darlington Ojo
Fab5 Award Nominee
Having previously failed to secure a place for social work, due to lack of required qualifications in Health and Social care, I researched and found DistanceLearningCentre.com.
Initially I was a bit worried and sceptical about the recognition and accreditation of the Access to HE diploma, but these worries soon disappeared; the modules were well structured and materials detailed, I felt it was actually more than I would have received in classroom teaching.
Barely three months into the Diploma and having achieved a few credit units I was able to get interview offers in all the universities of my choice and as a matter of fact, by the beginning of December I had already received an offer for a place in Social work at one of the most reputable universities in England.
This wouldn't have been made possible without the effort of my tutor; he was fantastic and never tired of me. His words of encouragement and support cannot be underestimated, he helped guide my UCAS application, scrutinised my personal statement and wrote a good reference and recommendation in support of the application. I am indeed grateful to him and thankful to the entire staff of Distance learning Centre.com.
The skills and knowledge acquired helped me greatly during the rigorous stages of the university admission process; I talked boldly and confidently, like a social worker, during the interview section.
This programme has really equipped me to deal with the bigger challenges ahead. I recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com without hesitation; my long time ambition of studying to become a social work professional has finally been made possible. Thanks DistancelearningCentre.com. (Jun 2017)
A solid, reliable and efficient way of learning whilst working full time - Ann-Marie Glover
My previous career was as a Cabin Manager, which I did for 28 years. I have always had an interest in medicine and was trained in aviation medicine as part of my flying career. I decided that I was ready for a career change and wanted to retrain as a Paramedic, so I took the plunge and joined the ambulance service at entry level as an ECSW. As my previous qualifications were not sufficient for entry into university I signed up with DistanceLearningCentre.com to do mathematics GCSE and an Access to HE Diploma Allied Health Professions.
DistanceLearningCentre.com was recommended to me, by my employer, as a solid, reliable and efficient way of learning whilst working full time. Due to time restrictions for my university application I had to complete both courses in 6 months instead of the recommended 9-12 months. My tutors understood my schedule and were behind me 100%. I cannot emphasise enough how much their tuition and support helped me through it. It was tough but so rewarding as I achieved an A* in my GCSE and I achieved 36 distinctions and 9 merits on my Access Diploma.
I'm now ready to apply for university and DistanceLearningCentre.com have prepared me for all that is to come. I fully recommend them. (Jan 2017)
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)
Pity they don't offer degree courses, I would have continued with them until my PhD - Caroline Giudice
Before DistanceLearningCentre.com, I had been out of the academic world for over twenty years. One morning I woke up and felt an urgency to go back to school because I simply wanted to learn, and it was nice to be able to do this for pleasure this time than having to do it as a teenager who had been ordered by their parents.
I studied Access to HE Diploma for English (Humanities). I love to write and analyse things and felt I would excel in this course because of my travel experiences around the world and learning about different cultures. What I achieved from the Diploma was subject knowledge and confidence to look forward to studying at University level.
DistanceLarningCentre.com has felt like home to me over the months, and I am very sorry I have come to the end of my studies with them. I liked the routine and the course structure, and once I understood how things worked, it was a pleasure every day. It is a pity they don't offer degree courses because I would have continued with them until my PhD!
Since I personally find the idea of distance learning the most comfortable way to learn, I opted for Universities that offered this method of studying. As such I will begin a new journey, in my life, as an undergraduate at the University of the Creative Arts in September 2017 and I must confess I can't wait! (Jun 2017)
An enjoyable, sequential way to learn complicated topics - Wesley Egan
Fab5 Award Nominee
DistanceLearningCentre.com made what seemed impossible, my reality. After 17 years as a Dental Technician, I desired change and had always dreamt of one day becoming a Paramedic.
After researching a route into the profession, securing a place in University seemed an impossible task. With less than desirable GCSE results and a fulltime access course being the standard route, for mature students, I was at a dead end. I needed to be able to continue with my full time job to pay the bills!
Searching for an alternative solution I found DistanceLearningCentre.com. The Hall of Fame anecdotes and 'what students say' reignited my belief. This online platform had it all; it would allow me to study whilst still in full time work and give me the opportunity to continue my journey to achieve my aspiration.
Initially I felt apprehensive navigating my way around the site and questioned my ability to return to education, but after my first phone tutorial I felt instantly reassured. I found all the tutors to be positive and encouraging, they understand how you feel, what you are trying to achieve and how much you want to succeed.
The course wasn't easy; it required good time management, dedication and self-motivation. I found the learning materials clearly written, and an enjoyable, sequential way to learn complicated topics. The recommended reading helped a lot with each assignment and allowed me to delve much deeper into each subject. For times when I felt stuck or didn't quite get something, the online forum was a good tool and the tutors were only an email or phone call away for a nudge in the right direction.
Through the guidance of DistanceLearningCentre.com, I secured a place at my first choice University and am ready to start my first semester as a Student Paramedic. I cannot recommend them enough. The hard work, late nights, and social sacrifice was all worth it! ?. Oh boy was it worth it! (Jun 2017)
I particularly liked the progressive nature of the course - Charles Willis
Having served over 22 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, I decided that I wanted to go back to the days when I had patient contact and not be stuck behind a desk. I applied to undertake a 3 year BSc (Hons) Degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology.
Having already completed a BSc (Hons) Health Management degree I felt confident that I could complete an Access to HE Diploma Allied Health Professions in six months. It was definitely a struggle to begin with but I soon got into the swing of things. I won't lie it is hard work, especially if you have to work a full time job as well, but if you want it you will work hard for it, nothing worth having in this life comes easy.
I particularly liked the progressive nature of the course, you sometimes wonder why you are learning something but it always makes sense when you move onto the next part of the syllabus. I felt very supported and the occasions where I misunderstood something I was put right back on track. I leave the Army in a few days and have been offered a place at Cardiff University this year.
My advice, to any potential students, "Go for it, work hard and play hard and you will succeed." (Jun 2017)