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2014-2015 page 8

I was able to set my own schedule with the Individual Learning Plan

I left school at 16, lacking confidence in myself academically - David Snelling


I left school at 16, lacking confidence in myself academically and therefore I decided not to continue into further education. Over 10 years later I finally found the confidence to pursue a career in teaching but with only GCSEs under my belt this dream was still a long way from becoming a reality. After a lot of research I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com who's access course could work around my full time employment.

Thanks to the flexibility of the course and the support and dedication of my tutors, I have been able to jump onto the next stepping stone towards my future career as a teacher. For this I am extremely grateful. (Jun 15)

The communication between tutors and office staff is great - Anna Kireev


Fab5 Award Nominee

I have absolutely loved studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com, the communication between tutors and office staff is great, and the course (Access to Midwifery) is also outstanding. The portal is very easy to use and provides a lot fantastic information.

I have had two fantastic teachers who helped me every step of the way whenever I needed help with any of my modules. They were amazing; extremely supportive and helpful.

During this course I gave birth to my baby girl but with her help I have managed to still finish the course before the 12 months was up. I am proud to say I have achieved fantastic grades with all the support. Thank you! (Jun 15)

I was able to set my own schedule with the Individual Learning Plan

Fab5 Award Nominee

I always joked that the missing half of my education was on the back of a teacher's blackboard rubber or on the side of a text book that I wasn't fast enough to read or make notes from. It wasn't until after dropping out of school and college with disappointing results, that I found out I was dyslexic. I knew then I wasn't a complete loss, but I needed an access qualification or way more UCAS points than the one average A level, I managed as a mature student, to finally have the career I wanted.

Working full time and being the main household income ruled out local day courses. However, I found DistanceLearningCentre.com online and after a lot of research and hesitation I signed up. I can honestly say it was the best thing I ever did. It has been hard work and at times I didn't think I'd make it, but with the support of my tutors I managed to get there. I took a bit longer than the year to complete but because the course is flexible I was able to set my own schedule with the Individual Learning Plan. Being able to plan my own learning in my own time, and with the support and direction of the tutors, I was very soon getting the type of marks I had always hoped for, but never been capable of at school.

I'm looking forward to applying to train be an occupational therapist, knowing now that I can cope with the demands of higher education. Maybe, thanks to what I've learned about myself with DistanceLearningCentre.com, I might even follow my dreams and go into research in the field. (Jun 15)

Sometimes I had some technical issues and, after a couple of emails, these were resolved - Nina Phipps


Fab5 Award Nominee

Since my initial enquiry about the Midwifery access course, I found DistanceLearningCentre.com very helpful and informative. As soon as I had enrolled I was able to talk to my tutor, who was incredibly reassuring and supportive. I was one of the first to go through the course with Ascentis as the Awarding Body which meant some changes to the course material and order of subjects but my tutor kept me informed about materials and next steps so there was minimal disruption.

Sometimes I had some technical issues and again, after a couple of emails, these were resolved. The structure has been convenient for me as a learning style which has fitted in with my family commitments. You must be self disciplined and motivated to complete the course but if you show how willing you are to succeed then you will get plenty of support.

I studied a 12 month course over a 7 month period to ensure a 2015 placement at university. It was intense but really rewarding and I received offers from both of the two universities that I applied to. (Jun 15)

I have recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com to a few friends already - Claire Walsh


Fab5 Award Nominee

When I began working towards my dream of becoming a midwife, I initially went down the traditional route of studying A Levels, as in my mind this was the way into university. As a mature student who works full time, this meant enrolling on a distance learning course with a different company. Although I passed my A Levels, I was new to independent study and it was only when I discovered the excellent DistanceLearningCentre.com that I realised how important tutor support is.

I began studying towards the Access to Higher Education Diploma and the difference was immediately apparent. The encouragement that you are given by the tutors is fantastic and was exactly what I needed to regain my confidence. I also now feel so much more prepared for university study as along the way I was given invaluable guidance in essay planning and writing skills as well as research and referencing.

I had two really great tutors who made sure I knew that there was no such thing as a stupid question! They were always readily available and offered support by email and over the phone and I owe them both a big thank you. I have recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com to a few friends already. If you're thinking about going for it and are prepared to put the time and work in, then definitely do it because it's a very rewarding stepping stone to higher education. My only regret is that I didn't discover it before signing up for those A Levels! (Jun 15)

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