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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!

I thought that being Dutch and lacking native English writing skills would prevent me from achieving distinctions. Fortunately, I was wrong - Marike Schepers

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Fab5 Award Nominee

After years of contemplating whether or not to pursue a career in Midwifery I started to look into the options of how I could meet the entry requirements. When I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com I knew this was it. The flexibility of the program enabled me to combine work, kids and my study. This way I didn't have to make any sacrifice before actually securing a place at University.

Nevertheless I was quite concerned about taking the access course, as I had not studied in over ten years. Moreover, I thought that being Dutch and lacking native English writing skills would prevent me from achieving the very much-needed distinctions.

Fortunately, I was wrong, and with the support of my tutors next to the well-developed course structure, my essay writing skills got a huge boost. Not only did I manage to finish the Progression Award in Science plus the full access course within the year, I also managed to receive the distinctions I needed. These achievements helped me in securing a place for Midwifery at my preferred London University. Finally my time has come in pursuing my dream career. I can not thank my tutors and DistanceLearningCentre.com enough. Bring on September! (Jun 15)

Available to help and put me on the right track, they must have the patience of saints - Jane Bates

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Fab5 Award Nominee

Starting with DistanceLearningCentre.com after being out of the educational system for 35 years was daunting, but all my assigned tutors were brilliant, if I had any problems there were readily available to help and put me on the right track, they must have the patience of saints.

Although at times it seemed it would be easier to throw in the towel and quit, after having come so far this was my last chance to gain the qualifications that would enable me to attend university to study adult nursing. (Jun 15)

It was always a dream to go to university, although I genuinely thought it was an unrealistic one - Danielle Gray

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It was a really massive decision for me to embark on an Access to HE course, I really didn't think I would be able to do it. I work two administration jobs in the NHS, I have two children who have their own commitments and I don't have any friends or family who live close by for support. I got married at 16 and had my children young and it was always a dream to go to university, although I genuinely thought it was an unrealistic one.

I stumbled by accident across DistanceLearningCentre.com when I was trying to find some local Access Courses that I could do in an evening, the only one I found was on days that I worked and about a 30 minute drive from where I work to the college. Quitting my jobs wasn't really an option either as we have a mortgage and other financial commitments. I bit the bullet after a difficult few months and just thought 'It's now or never'! Starting my Access to Social Work course is one of the best things I ever did. I loved the course content, although the Psychology, mainly the research, is quite hard going, it's not a walk in the park. The UCAS support I got from DistanceLearningCentre.com was absolutely invaluable too, I feel like I got as much support as I would of done had I been attending a full time college.

My tutor was really helpful and supportive, happy to answer my questions, some of which were ridiculous but it does take a while to get to grips with distance learning. She really pushed me to get better and write better and I am starting my degree in Social Work at Sunderland University in September and I really can't wait! (Jun 15)

I am now a Student Paramedic and the knowledge I gained has been invaluable - Michael Dowell

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Fab5 Award Nominee

I really wanted to enhance my qualifications in order to attend university to become a Paramedic and DistanceLearningCentre.com was the perfect option for me. The structure of the Access Diploma meant that I could manage my own time while studying and the tutors were on-hand to answer any questions and support me through the process.

I achieved merits and distinctions throughout and the expectations gave me an insight as to what university has in store. I am now a Student Paramedic and the knowledge I have gained from the Access course has been invaluable to me throughout my training. Thank you to all at DistanceLearningCentre.com. (Jun 15)

The course was significantly less expensive than full time courses. The monthly payment option made it affordable - Alli Weekes

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Fab5 Award Nominee

Having made the decision at the age of 35 to retrain as a midwife, I began researching the ways in which I could achieve the entry requirements for my preferred university. I initially looked at completing a full time Access course with my local college, but soon discovered that this would be difficult in terms of child care for my three children and very expensive. A friend, who had recently completed the DistanceLearningCentre.com Access to Midwifery, recommended them to me; I visited the web site and soon realised that distance learning was going to offer me the most flexible way to study. Learning through DistanceLearningCentre.com allowed me to manage my education around my personal commitments and the voluntary work I was undertaking in order to enhance my university application. The course was also significantly less expensive than full time courses and the monthly payment option made it affordable.

Having been out of the education system for some time it was a challenge to re-engage, but I found the course structured in such a way that it was a relatively gentle process. The fact that it began with the more personal modules meant that by the time the difficult biology and psychology modules came around, I had got my mind back into studying and was able to confront them having had some practice. This was really important as these were the modules I had to pass with distinctions to gain entry to the midwifery degree course.

My tutors have been fantastic, always available quickly at the end of an email with help and support. Significantly for myself, they were very understanding and caring when I experienced two close bereavements towards the end of my studies and had to delay assignments with no notice. When I was able to continue, they helped to ease me back into things and restructured my learning plan for me, making sure I could still finish the course before moderation, preventing the need for me to defer my university start date. I am very grateful for their kindness and professionalism through this period.

Having completed my Access course with a distinction for every module and secured a place at my preferred university, I am looking forward to the next challenge of completing my midwifery degree. I would recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone; a distance learning course takes commitment and hard work but with the support of the tutors, it is very achievable. (Jun 15)