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To demonstrate just how proud we all are of your success, we have created the Awards of Achievement, which are awarded annually to our ten most oustanding students.

The winners get back half the cost of their course fees!

June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee) - Sharon Arinkov

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The same as many, I studied A-levels when I was 18 but never took the opportunity to attend university, as money called and I entered employment. Now as I am older I found that I wanted to better my education and in fact change my career, however having been out of the system for 20 years it was a daunting prospect.

I researched education providers and quickly discovered that working full time, and with a family, distance learning would be my best option as it gives the flexibility required to gain education and maintain a similar lifestyle.

The DistanceLearningCentre.com Access course allowed me to choose the modules which were relevant and which I found most interesting. The self-directed approach to study has been invaluable in giving me both a base for university life and the confidence to study in this manner, as it is so different from anything I have done before.

It took hard work and commitment but I found it very rewarding. The tutors were great, offering contact as required and always in a timely fashion. The support I had when completing my UCAS form was also fantastic. I started my course in Sept 13 and completed in May 14 with Distinctions, ready to start university in September. I can genuinely say I would not be in this position without DistanceLearningCentre.com!

June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee) - Demi Coney

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Stumbling across DistanceLearningCentre.com was a blessing for me; my fortnightly Rota at work prevented me from attending any local college and I had nearly given up on my aspirations before I found them. It gave me the perfect opportunity to work towards a Diploma whilst working full time.

My tutors during the year were fantastic, helpful and massively supportive of my studies. They helped me every step of the way with regular phone calls and responding to emails in double quick time, they were so approachable and down-to-earth, making me feel like I was their only student. With the help of my tutors and my determination, I continued through the year achieving distinctions in subjects I'd feared of failing!

Since completing the course, I've been given a firm place at Canterbury Christ Church University on the BSc Midwifery course, as well as a job at my local maternity unit as a Maternity Care Assistant. If it wasn't for DistanceLearningCentre.com I wouldn't have got this far, it's hard to believe that a year ago I was close to giving up entirely! I thank DistanceLearningCentre.com wholeheartedly for my success.

June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee) - Andy Betts

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In order to achieve my dream of becoming a Paramedic, having never achieved A-Levels at school, it was necessary to venture back into the academic world. DistanceLearningCentre.com was ideally suited to supporting me as, working full time in IT and volunteering for a major first aid provider in my spare time, it was important that my studying could be fluid and adapt to my fluctuating schedule.

Accessing tutor support was simple and I found that the high quality and constructive feedback provided was invaluable in helping me improve my writing and academic style over the course of the Diploma. My experience with DistanceLearningCentre.com has been entirely positive and has culminated in my being offered a place to study Paramedic Science starting in September 2014.

I would, without hesitation, recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone looking to enter Higher Education or simply to further their learning.

June 2014 - Charlotte Bailey

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Anyone reading this was me a year and a half ago, and it doesn't seem real I have now completed it! I did my Maths and English GCSE Equivalence, and my Access to HE Diploma which included biology and psychology.

With three children, one of which is only two and at home, I had to do my assessments while she had a nap and the evenings. It was a lot of hard work and sometimes overwhelming; however the feeling of achievement after every assessment is completed out ways this as you are one step closer to your dream.

I now have the grades to get into university which I never thought would be possible and one day will have my dream career of being a midwife. DistanceLearningCentre.com is a great way to start your journey, the tutors are helpful and understanding of your circumstances, the assessments are well laid out and easy to follow.

I would like to say a massive thank you to DistanceLearningCentre.com for providing this opportunity for me.

June 2014 (Fab 5 Award Nominee) - Sharon Anthony

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Starting the Access to Nursing course was very daunting at first. I'm 44 years old and have never written an essay before where a bibliography and referencing was needed, let alone word counts! My tutors were really supportive and guided me through, giving me lots of great quality advice, both over the phone and by email.

I feel I've learnt so much thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com which will definately help me when I start at Plymouth University in September 2014. The knowledge I have gained through completing the assessments will become beneficial and relevant when I start University, giving me confidence and a vital head start.

Although the access course itself is quite a challenge, the online learning was so easy, flexible and convenient. I have three children and also work for the NHS as a theatre assistant so my time is precious, I had to learn to be organised and use my time management skills appropriately. The ability to study independently means I will have a good foundation of what will required of me at University. My time away from education has allowed me to reassess my future, set clear goals and be confident that I am making the right decision. I can't wait for the fresh challenge that university will bring and I am eager to experience life as a student.

Because I have had such a great experience learning this way I have recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com to so many people; I hope they get to follow their dream as I am. I can be proud of what I have achieved and the hard work I have put in, also making my family so very proud too. Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com and my patient tutors.