What our students say 2010-2011 page 3
"I thought my dream was over before it had even begun, until I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com"
Mathew Colwill - June 2011
I am a married 31 year old with three children and work at a local hospital as a Theatre support worker. In September I will be attending Plymouth University to undertake a course in DIPHE Operating department practice; this is thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com.
I struggled with school when I was younger and it wasn't until going into secondary school that they picked up that I was dyslexic, by this time it was too late for me to get the help I needed and I fell behind and found it very difficult, which resulted in me not sitting any G.C.S.Es.
Three years ago I was accepted at my local college to do an Access Course but I wasn't aware at the time that it was full-time and as I have a family to support I was unable to do this and needed to continue working. I had almost given up hope when someone at Plymouth University suggested that I look into doing a distance learning course and I was so happy to be finally getting somewhere.
The course has given me the qualification and confidence to continue on my chosen career path.
Caroline Fennell - June 2011
When I first looked in to returning to university to study midwifery, I found that whilst already holding A-levels and a degree, I needed science-specific qualifications. Due to family commitments and my rural location, it was impossible for me to study an A-level or Access Course through college, whilst still working to support my family. I thought my dream was over before it had even begun, until I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com.
DistanceLearningCentre.com enabled me to complete an Access to Midwifery Diploma from home, and in my own time scale. I felt I was able to set my own targets and deadlines and had fantastic support and encouragement from all my tutors. The option to pay for the course on a monthly basis also makes it a realistic option for those people who are juggling the financial commitments that come with mortgages and children!!
Whilst I do have a good standard of education, this was completed some years ago, and doing this course has really prepared me for the academic challenges of university, as well as teaching me how to organise and prioritise my study alongside my family life. DistanceLearningCentre.com is not an easy option, it involves hard work and commitment, and at times a lot of late nights. However, it is flexible, affordable and an excellent stepping-stone to university. Thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com I have gained a place to study Midwifery at the University of Cumbria this coming September.
Kate Robinson - June 2011
Its been whirlwind year for me deciding to completely change my life by following my dream of becoming a midwife. Unfortunately I could not afford to give up my day job to attend college, and my job was not flexible enough so I almost gave up, until I found DistanceLearningCentre.com! I found about DistanceLearningCentre.com through an internet forum for student midwifes and it seemed so perfect that I signed up straight away! I was not disappointed ? although it has been very hard work I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges it has brought and the support I received from my tutor has been second to none!
I have been accepted to study a degree in midwifery starting in September at the University of Bradford ? and I couldn't be happier! DistanceLearningCentre.com really helps dreams come true! It's fitted in with my life and many of my friends who chose the college route now wish they had known about this course instead as it gives so much more flexibility!
Sarah Barry - June 2011
I started the DistanceLearningCentre.com Access to Higher Education Diploma in November 2009 as I wanted to apply for midwifery. I had been a stay-at-home mum for 4 years but I knew that when my children went to school I would want a career again. I still wanted to be at home with my children so didn't want to do an access course that was college based so DistanceLearningCentre.com seemed perfect for me.
I had been out of education for 10 years so it took me a while to get back into sitting down and studying, but with great support, guidance and patience from my tutor I slowly began to make my way through the assignments. I finally completed the course in June 2011 and have been offered places at both Salford and Chester university to study midwifery in September 2011.
The best thing about the DistanceLearningCentre.com course is that it is flexible. I worked in my own time, starting and completing assignments in a time frame that suited me and my lifestyle. The tutor support is really wonderful, my tutor called me each week and responded very quickly to any email queries. Without DistanceLearningCentre.com I would not be in the position I am in; ready and waiting to start midwifery training!
Sarah Haddrell - June 2011
Taking the Access to Midwifery has given me an enormous confidence boost as well as the achievement of a prerequisite for entry to university. I started the course when my daughter was five months old, and my son was 2 and loved being able to fit the course work around my young family. With the help of my brilliantly supportive tutor, I managed to complete the course in 10 months (with a month off to visit family in Australia).
The course is challenging but perfectly achievable. My tutor helped me plan my time effectively and was always on hand to answer questions and offer encouragement. On reflection I think prospective universities and employers will be impressed with the self-motivation I have demonstrated though completing this distance learning course. Thank you very much to DistanceLearningCentre.com for a great experience and for helping me strengthen my chances of being accepted onto a midwifery degree course.