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What our students say 2014-2015 page 17

"The extraordinary lengths they went to nurture and encourage me was most appreciated"

I found the tutors extremely supportive and the course is very well structured - Gemma Jepson

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I wanted to become a midwife whilst pregnant with my eldest child 9 years ago. I promised myself that I would start my journey when my children started school. As they started school my husband left the armed forces and there just never seemed to be a 'right' time, until I discovered DistanceLearningCentre.com. It was the perfect opportunity to take the plunge and start my journey to becoming a midwife.

I was a little worried about being able to achieve the grades I needed as I was a mature student in full time employment with a young family, but it is achievable as you are able to study in your own time. I enrolled with determination and self-motivation, I completed in time for the November 2014 moderation with mostly distinctions.

I would highly recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com. I found the tutors extremely supportive and as the course is very well structured, I found it easy to follow and achieve the grades I needed. Completing this course is a massive achievement and has definitely prepared me for studying a degree in Midwifery at university in September. (Nov 14)

The extraordinary lengths they went to nurture and encourage me was most appreciated - Olawale Alade

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I was tired hopping from one job to the other, I wanted professional credentials. My quest for a University Education to support this goal appeared to have eluded me when I failed to get admission having applied twice through UCAS. DistanceLearningCentre.com was first mentioned whilst sitting with an Admissions Officer at Kings College. She had appraised the degree I obtained eighteen years ago as unsuitable for admission due to it being more than ten years old. She recommended an Access Course, and being a full time worker, that DistanceLearningCentre.com would be best suited to my needs.

Immediately I enrolled, and although I burned with enthusiasm, it was challenging at first. I was however resolute. I retained my shift patterns, working Early Late and Night shifts, and managed to study at every opportunity I had. The support offered by my tutors and the extraordinary lengths they went to nurture and encourage me was most appreciated. I have identified my natural talents and resourcefulness in the helping profession and didn't want to miss out on the enrolment for the 2014 Nursing Program. I am really glad I made it eventually.

Whilst completing my UCAS application in January, I doubted my ability to complete the course early enough and indicated in three of my choices a preference for deferred admission. Early in April, I travelled to Nigeria to attend my brother's wedding where I played the role of father figure. I missed three solid weeks, and on return I felt it would be difficult to achieve my targets. Kingston University however offered me admission with just nine credits to finish. I am very thankful to all my tutors. They supported and encouraged me when things got tough and the going was rough. DistanceLearningCentre.com has given me a unique opportunity and has made my dream possible. I will recommend them to anyone who might be put off by the thought of full time study whilst holding down a job. It is refreshingly invigorating and empowering getting the support tutors on the program can offer. (Nov 14)

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When I started working as HCA in August 2012, I quickly realised being in the Mental Health field offers me the unique privilege of using my therapeutic skills to support in a way that I have always wanted. However, having a degree in Guidance and Counselling which I obtained 18 years ago, I knew I needed to achieve qualified Mental Health Nurse status to fully enjoy my work. I quickly set about exploring avenue to enrol for a degree course. It was with disappointment I learnt that my previous degree, being over ten years old, would mean I needed to take Access to Higher Education Course.

I actually thought it was something I could breeze through but half way through my GCSE (Science & Maths) equivalent I was discouraged. Managing a family and coping with full time shift work was not an ideal combination I anticipated it would be. It was a challenging and difficult time for me. The supports and help that the tutors offered me, and in particular, the extra mile tutors offered, was most valuable. At some point, I decided I would have to defer my admission till 2015, but the tutors egged me on. The tutors positive attitude and encouragement they offered, which was genuine and in abundance, gave me renewed hope that I could complete enough credits to meet admission criteria. Without the support of DistanceLearningCentre.com, I would not be at University now. I am so thankful for all the supports given to me and I highly recommend them to anyone who, in spite of their busy schedule, still nurse an ambition of pursing a course of their dreams at University level. It is not too late as you might think and an excellent group of tutors are waiting to offer you a unique experience. (July 15)

More Distinctions than I thought I was capable of - Ellen Rooney

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Before the course I was working with an agency waitressing at events all over the UK, whilst I decided what job I wanted to do. I decided nursing was the career for me and began studying an Access to Nursing course with DistanceLearningCentre.com in February 2014. I found studying hard and challenging whilst working full time but I managed to complete in 8 months, with more Distinctions than I thought I was capable of. Studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com is excellent, the staff are friendly and helpful. I would defiantly recommend them to other people. The course has been worthwhile as so far I have been offered interviews with two of my chosen universities, and will hopefully gain a place for adult nursing in September 2015. (Nov 14)

I have already recommended you to some of my friends - Ngozi Opara

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Coming across DistanceLearningCentre.com through a friend of mine has made my dream of going in to the University to study mental health nursing a reality. Before discovering DistanceLearningCentre.com, other colleges I contacted about studying an Access Course led me to understand that I cannot work while studying. It was difficult for as I have responsibilities of both personal and family obligations to meet.

I was at peace studying at DistanceLearningCentre.com as I still had to keep my jobs and other personal activities. The tutors and staff I had the opportunity to relate to during this period were very responsive in helping me to find solutions to every bugging question that worried me. It was not easy trying to complete this course, there were difficult times when I felt like throwing in the towel, but I was energized again by the tutors encouraging me to push ahead in order to get through.

I'm so thankful that I was able to persevere and am now looking forward to gaining admission to University to further my dream career. I have already recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com to some of my friends who want to build up a career in different areas. Thank you very much! (Nov 14)

It was the best decision I have ever made - Kira Hooper

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In 2013 while pregnant with my son, I decided to get my career on track as I had always wanted to become a nurse, but didn't think I had the right qualifications until I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com which offered exactly what I needed. I also needed something to occupy me while on maternity leave due to having complications in my pregnancy I ended up housebound with nothing to occupy me. So, while looking after my 7 year old, keeping the family home going and juggling the complications in my pregnancy, I decided to start the course. It was the best decision I have ever made and since October 2013 I have been carrying on studying while having a new born baby and a 7 year old, as well as planning a wedding. So lots of challenges but I am most definitely proud of where I am now.

When I was first sent the information and course materials I was dubious, to say the least, because I hadn't studied properly in about 10 years, but once I started I challenged myself and achieved a lot higher grades than I ever thought I could. This wouldn't have been possible if I didn't have the fantastic support from my tutors and through looking through the forum.

Now I am applying to university to begin a dual nursing degree in 2015. So if you feel you want a career change or to start a career and you don't think you have what it takes, please don't feel that way, as DistanceLearningCentre.com has helped me so they can help you. (Nov 14)