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2013-2014 page 6

Totally committed to their students achieving excellence

Simone Botha - June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee)


Working as a maternity care assistant on a busy ward I quickly realised I wanted to become a midwife but because entry requirements are so high and it is so competitive to get a place I had to ensure I could stand out. First step to realising my goal was to ensure I exceeded the university requirements and as a mother of two young children and working full time shifts I had to find a course that could fit in with my busy life.

I researched all my options and even applied to study at a local college but in the end I felt that DistanceLearningCentre.com could offer me all the support and flexibility I needed. I found the course to be really enjoyable, the modules were challenging, informative and I found I have learnt so much and have gained many new skills that will help me to be an exceptional student at university. Personally, I found the deadlines incredibly motivational.

My tutors were absolutely amazing: ensuring they were always available to answer queries, offering words of encouragement when I thought I wouldn't finish and totally committed to their students achieving excellence and I wouldn't have done as well as I had without them. The course materials and assessments were easy to access and marking was always done quickly.

I will now be applying for a place on a Midwifery degree programme to start September 2015 and feel confident I will get a place. This would not have been possible without the ability to do the course at times that suited me and I have DistanceLearningCentre.com to thank for making my future bright and full of opportunity.

Amie Hadfield - June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee)


My experience of DistanceLearningCentre.com has been very rewarding, not only gaining a relevant qualification that has enabled me to gain a place at university to study Mental Health Nursing but also I feel I have grown in confidence academically and broaden my knowledge.

I studied Access to Nursing and enjoyed each module. At the beginning I was nervous and wasn't sure what to expect but once I got into the course and received feedback from my tutor I felt at ease. I feel that being able to pick certain modules was really beneficial and enabled me to pick bespoke modules that I required for mental health nursing.

Distance learning was the perfect set up for me as I worked full time and I was able to do flexible course work but also having a deadline to work towards.

Thomas Burns - June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee)


After realising that I wanted to begin a career as a paramedic, an Access course was certainly the best way for me to get into a university offering paramedic science given that I had no A levels in science. DistanceLearningCentre.com provided me with a great way to achieve this. I was able to study for my Access course whilst working full time for the NHS.

While this was a challenge, I have now successfully completed my course and will begin my paramedic course in September 2014. The Access course not only enabled me to get into university, it was also clear that the content had been tailored in order to prepare me for when I start to study paramedic practice at higher education.

I now feel that I have a good base to build upon in biology and psychology - all relevant to the work the paramedics do. For anyone who wants to get into higher education but lacks the qualifications - I can't recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com enough.

Jeorgie Smethurst - June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee)


I have particularly enjoyed studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com because it has enabled me to learn at a pace that I am comfortable with and which I can fit in around my job.

I have also rediscovered a passion for English literature which I had forgotten since leaving school. This has lead me to receive offers from the University of Leeds and Lancaster University to study English Literature BA (Hons), which I will start in September.

In my opinion studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com gives students the skills to study independently, which is an extremely important skill to possess, when undertaking furthering education. In addition to encouraging self-reliance in studying, the support has been second to none. In particular the style of positive and constructive feedback given which, I think, helped me to continually improve my work.

I cannot thank DistanceLearningCentre.com enough for enabling me to return to education with the confidence that I will succeed.

Victoria Gutteridge - June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee)


Having had a career in the Royal Air Force and the Civil Service, becoming a midwife seemed like a farfetched dream but when I found DistanceLearningCentre.com I realised I could start my journey from home while bringing up my two young children and also working.

It took me less than a year to finish the course and that included time off for moving country! I can honestly say that my tutors were fantastic, not only knowledgeable and supportive but always full of encouragement.

I have now gained a place at university to study midwifery, dreams do come true (much quicker than expected!) and DistanceLearningCentre.com made it happen for me. Thank you to my amazing tutors ? I couldn't have done it without you!

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