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2015-2016 page 10

I was recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com by one of my nursing friends

I was so nervous about studying again, but my tutor eased me into it - Kerry McCash

Kerry McCash

I have always wanted to be a nurse but have always been unable to stop working to attend full time study at a college. I came across the DistanceLearningCentre.com website and signed up straight away. I was so nervous about studying again, but my first tutor eased me into it and made me feel like I could do this.

The course has not been easy, I have a full time job and three children but I dedicated Sunday's to studying and 2 evenings a week. The tutors have been fantastic and always on hand to help me if I needed it.

I have completed the Access to health professions, and now I have a conditional offer at my chosen university. I am so happy I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com, it has opened a new chapter in my life and I am really looking forward to starting university in September. (Jun 16)

Recommended to me by the University involved and my employer - Imogen Baldock

Imogen Baldock

At school it was always my intention to join the Ambulance Service and I achieved the then relevant qualifications but my career took a different turn. Last year I decided to revisit this dream and was offered an Emergency Support role on the front line. I wish to become a Paramedic in the future and hope do so via my employer, who will send me to university whilst I'm working for them.

In order to be eligible for this scheme, I need acceptable, recent qualifications. Since I am now 37 years old, my A-levels are "out of date" so DistanceLearningCentre.com was recommended to me by the University involved and my employer. I now have this qualification and hope to join the scheme next year, meaning I could be a Paramedic in just four years of changing career.

The course was brilliant for me because it's all remote learning and was very flexible, allowing me to go at my pace and fit it around full time employment and a busy life. Tutors are available for help and guidance and the forum is very helpful for questions you may need answering outside of office hours. The materials provided are easy to understand and interesting, with good links to further resources.

As long as you have the determination and discipline required this course is ideal for anyone looking to change career paths or progress further in your chosen field. I have no hesitation in recommending the DLC to anyone.

Don't think "I'm too old", or "too busy" or "I can't". There are plenty of people on this website who have achieved their dream and you could easily be one of them too. (Jun 16)

Fab5 Award Winner 2016 - Katie Dutton

Katie Strong

My DistanceLearningCentre.com journey started with the in April/May 2014, I got off to a great start with everything, completing most of my psychology modules at distinction. I was working full-time as a HCA in a London Cancer Hospital, so I was constantly tied up with work, commuting and studying, but I knew distance learning would be the only way I could achieve my dream of being a urology specialist nurse.

In 2015 I was admitted into hospital 3 times with septicaemia and eventually they found a hole in my bladder (fistula) which was constantly poisoning my abdomen. I found this out in the August after many invasive tests, and I was struggling to get my coursework completed, I thought I'd never get through the course. My tutor explained study break to me, and I took this opportunity to rest and try to get well again. I spent the duration of the study break in hospital, and a large amount of time in ITU; my husband was called to the hospital at one stage because they thought I wouldn't make it through the night. Luckily I did, and in December last year I went to theatre and had my bladder completely removed.

Since my operation I've gone from strength to strength, and I now have an internal reconstructed bladder made from bowel tissue (neobladder) thanks to UCLH. In February I started working on my assignments again, my tutor was really supportive and would call to explain things I couldn't understand. I was determined to finish the course and somehow managed to achieve merits and distinctions on all graded assignments.

I will always be grateful to DistanceLearningCentre.com, and the tutors that stood by me and helped me through a very difficult year. Without them I wouldn't be off to university in September to start my nursing degree. There were times when I lost faith, I thought it was too much work and I thought I wasn't clever enough. To anybody that's starting with DistanceLearningCentre.com, my advice would be to keep the finish line in mind and when things get tough, hold on to the reason you're doing it- YOU will get there, no matter how many obstacles stand in your way! (Jun 16)

Jan 2017 update: ? Katie accepted an offer from De Montfort University in Leicester and will start her BSc in Adult Nursing in February.

I was recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com by one of my nursing friends - Jenny Wilde

Jenny Wilde

I finished school 5 years ago now and was working for a year as a healthcare assistant in my local hospital, I decided I wanted to study nursing and go to university to do so.

I was recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com by one of my nursing friends so I made the decision to enroll for an access to nursing course to get back into studying.

Now I have had three offers from universities which I didn't think was possible and can't wait to go through this new experience and become a nurse thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com for preparing me. (Jun 16)

I completed it and I have gained so many new skills - Natasha Simmons

Natasha Simmons

I completed the Access to Psychology Diploma in just over 8 months.

The last few weeks were one of the most stressful times of my life currently but I completed it and I have gained so many new skills. (Jun 16)

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