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2012-2013 page 5

The brilliant students on the forum are always so supportive

Laura Findlay - June 2013


I left school without many qualifications. I then entered the world of employment and into a job that didn't highly interest or motivate me. During my pregnancy I was lucky enough to be looked after by some brilliant Midwives and to also encounter some fabulous Doctors and Nurses; they all inspired me to consider a profession in health care. I wasn't sure where to start so I started doing some research online. I wanted to be a full time mother to my daughter, whilst also studying. I realised that DistanceLearningCentre.com would fit perfectly around my home life, and after reading countless positive reviews I decided to take the plunge.

I initially chose to study the Access to Midwifery course; however the qualifications that I have gained will allow me to stand in good stead should I consider Nursing amongst other health professions.

Studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com has been challenging at times, however the tutors are brilliant and work very hard to ensure that their students are extremely well supported and motivated. I am now looking forward to submitting an application to university this year and to also providing a brighter future for myself and my family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank DistanceLearningCentre.com for providing an excellent service.

Koran Dumanois - June 2013


Having put off perusing a possible career as a paediatric nurse for a time, I finally gave myself the push to start an Access course in nursing with DistanceLearningCentre.com in April 2012. It felt like a brave and rather scary decision but after lots of deliberation and support from my family I decided to have a try. It really has been life changing and I am so glad that I took the plunge. I am finishing (in the next month or so) a 10 year position as a teaching assistant to begin university in September, studying for a degree in child health.

Going back to education (especially as a mature student!) can feel a little frightening but I would say to anyone, young or old, just go for it! The course isn't easy and it takes commitment as well as a lot of hard work however, if you want something so much, you can reach your goal. The course itself was extremely interesting and really does set the bar at a high level, giving you the confidence you need to contemplate going further.

Ella Bennett - June 2013


I left school with only GCSEs after a bad experience put me off sixth form and university. After a few false starts in different types of employment and doing volunteer work I realised what I really wanted to do in life, work as a paramedic. I realised that to get a place at University to do the training was going to be tough as its highly oversubscribed and I had no 'A' levels.

I researched approved access courses and found DistanceLearningCentre.com which sounded ideal for me as I would be able to work, volunteer and study at the same time. It is a lot of work but the tutors are very supportive and I finally completed the course in ten months and in time to apply for this September's University intake. I am delighted to say that I have a place to train as a paramedic this September. Thanks to all at DistanceLearningCentre.com.

Shellie-Anne Smith - June 2013


When I finished my A Levels I decided to take a gap year to work full time and train as a pharmacy dispenser. My grades were not quite good enough to attain a university place and I was looking for a course to top up my UCAS points. When I found DistanceLearningCentre.com I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to really find out what my degree would involve and get a head start, as well as receive a recognisable qualification.

My tutors were incredibly helpful and supportive. They were in constant contact with myself to ensure I was focussed on my work and encouraging me to achieve my full potential. They gave me great advice and helped me out when I needed it.

Having completed the Access To Primary Teaching course, I have secured a place at Nottingham Trent University to study Primary Education in September. Thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com I can now train to do the job I have always wanted!

Michelle Arnold - June 2013


I have just completed the Access course to Nursing and have a place at University for September. The course has been hard work but I have managed to fit it around children, dogs, rabbits and full-time work including working nights and 12 hour shifts!

I must admit there have been times that I came close to throwing the towel in however I am really proud of myself as are my family for my achievement. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course, the materials are straight forward, both my tutors have been fantastic and the brilliant students on the forum are always so supportive. I would just like to take this opportunity, if you are thinking about embarking on the course, to urge you to go for it and realise your dream too.

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