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2015-2016 page 12

Studying from home meant I didn't require childcare

I was worried I was too old to learn new things when I first started the course but all that changed - Rony Manakkalayil

Rony Manakkalayil

Fab5 Award Nominee

Having worked in the IT industry for several years and wanting a change of career, I decided in August 2014 to do the Access Course as a first step for getting back into the university since the last education I had had was 14 years back. I stumbled on the DistanceLearningCentre.com and their excellent range of courses while browsing for courses. I had to keep my full time job. I chose to do Access to Health as completing it would give me sufficient qualifications to apply for the Operating Department Practice I wanted to do.

I was fully aware of the hurdles that lay ahead of me in completing the course within the limited time I had, and also keeping up with the full time job and looking after two small children. I had to be self-motivated and disciplined. I was able to build up a routine of waking up very early as 2 in the morning to study before going to work often on long hour shifts. There were many times when I thought I was hitting a brick wall and even thought about giving up due to the pressure. But the amazing tutors I had were there on time to talk me through anything and gave me enough and more support for me to continue. I just can't thank them enough. I managed to get the required credits in time to start University in September 2015.

I would not hesitate and still recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone planning to do an Access Course. Completing the course on time was a massive achievement and has boosted my confidence so much. I was worried I was too old to learn new things when I first started the course but all that changed when I was able to complete the course with much higher grades than I ever expected.

Do the work as required, listen to the tutors and you'll never regret a thing? Follow your dreams. (Nov 15)

English is not my first language - Kinga Czekaj

Kinga Czekaj

Having lived a few years in the UK, I decided to go back to studying. Unfortunately my overseas qualifications were not enough to apply to University; hence I needed to find a different solution. When I found DistanceLearningCentre.com, it appealed to me straight away. Studying in my own time meant that I could keep my job, and spend more time reading when needed, as English is not my first language.

The learning materials were also well organised, and book recommendations were made for further studying. After every assignment thorough and useful feedback was given. I always felt motivated by my tutors, and when I needed extra help support they were there to help - Thank you!

In addition, the course is affordable, and can be paid in instalments, which makes it even easier. I would honestly recommend it to anyone who wants to aim for higher education. Although you need to have a lot of determination, and self-organisational skills the course is well worth the effort! (Nov 15)

Completing my Access to Nursing has given me so much confidence - Ariane Parkin

Ariane Parkin

I have worked in Health and Social care for eight years and have often though about going to University and studying Nursing. Holding me back was the lack of confidence that I had in my academic potential.

Completing my Access to Nursing has given me so much confidence and the qualifications that I need to get into university. I am currently applying for a place in September and it is very exciting!

I found the course fantastic and the tutors are so supportive and helpful. It does take a lot of hard work and dedication to complete your work but once you put the time and effort in it really is worth it. I worked full time while completing this course and it is very achievable if you keep your goal in mind. Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com! (Nov 15)

I am SO proud of my achievement - Clair Drew

Clair Drew

After being made redundant I decided to embark on a change of career and decided that Nursing was the path that I wanted to take. I applied at my local NHS Hospital to work as a Bank Nursing Auxiliary twice in a nine month period and was unsuccessful on both occasions due to not having a 'demonstrable interest' or experience in the profession. I therefore returned to evening college and retook Health and Physiology and Mathematics GCSE's two nights a week over a course of nine months and passed both. I then re-applied and was accepted and have been working in this position since 2011.

After gaining vital experience as a Nursing Auxiliary working within all wards of my local Hospital I felt that I could achieve more and challenge myself further to pursue a career as a qualified adult or children's nurse. I therefore decided to return to studying and complete an Access to Nursing qualification through DistanceLearningCentre.com which would give me the flexibility to continue working and with a small child.

I finished in October 2015 with the full 60 credits, 21 distinctions and 24 merits at level 3 and 15 at level 2 which has given me the entry requirements for University, so I now have some big decisions to make! It has been hard work with a lot of late nights, and sacrifices made but I have been determined from the onset and my Tutors have been extremely supportive with flexibility.

I am SO proud of my achievement and I am proof as a mature student in my 30's with a child and working that anything is possible, if you set your heart and mind on it, just go for it! Turn your dreams into a reality! (Nov 15)

Studying from home meant I didn't require childcare - Sadie Miles

Sadie Miles

Fab5 Award Nominee

At the start of my course I was a single parent of two, DistanceLearningCentre.com was superb as it is flexible and studying from home meant I didn't require childcare.

I was initially apprehensive about how I would manage, but the telephone calls and email support were just what I needed. I was also allowed time off for the birth of my third child.

Since completing the course I have been accepted into university to do my Mental Health Nursing degree. (Nov 15)

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