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Initially I was slightly worried ... but they welcomed me with open arms

The forum provides you with a online student community there to support and encourage each other - Sarah Harris-Smith

Sarah Harris-Smith

Fab5 Award Nominee

Through my study with DistanceLearningCentre.com I realised that even at the age of 42, with three young boys, and as a single mom, I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I always loved study first time round but really doubted my ability now, particularly as I had been away from education for nearly 20 years.

Completing the Access Diploma through has reignited my passion for learning and given me a determination I didn't know I'd still got. I have learnt lots and come across subjects I have never studied before. My tutors were brilliant; they were supportive, responded quickly to my questions, and encouraged me when I doubted my abilities.

The Forum was also a great source of information and support, and my questions were always responded to quickly. The forum also provides you with a online student community who are there to support and encourage each other.

DistanceLearningCentre.com was recommended to me by a tutor at the University I will be studying at later this year. As a single working parent, distance learning was ideal for me, as I needed the flexibility to fit around work and my children. It has reintroduced me to studying and has provided me with lots of skills that will help me as I start my degree in Speech and Language Therapy.

Importantly for me, it has inspired my children to learn and explore their studies further, to see Mommy writing an essay intrigued them, and I think we have all learnt a valuable lesson, that if you put your mind to something and try your best then you can achieve. I hope my story will inspire others too. Thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com, I am really excited about my future studies and career. (Jun 16)

Out of learning for over 20 years - Paul Molloy

Paul Malloy

Working in a full time role which meant a lot of travelling as well as having a growing family meant that getting the qualifications to help change to my chosen career would be difficult. My dream was always to be a Primary School Teacher but not having the degree that was required was a hurdle for me.

To get the degree, I enrolled on an Access to HE Diploma (Teaching Science) course. It's been fantastic and I've enjoyed every second of it. As a (very!) mature student and having been out of learning for over 20 years the tutors at DistanceLearningCentre.com have been amazing: helpful, caring, incredibly knowledgeable and understanding of my situation, they have guided me through the minefield of learning and helped me achieve completion and readied me for my next step on the learning ladder. I can't recommend them enough. (Jun 16)

Initially I was slightly worried ... but they welcomed me with open arms - Mohammed Khan

Mohammed Khan

After attending a sixth form college at 16, studying A Level Biology, Chemistry and Law, I was forced to drop out at 18 due to unforseen family conditions, only acquiring AS Level qualifications. I was forced to undergo employment for 2 years to provide financial support for my family, with the intention of returning to education eventually. At the age of 20, I had considered returning to college to retake my A Levels. However, this would have taken 2 to potentially 3 years as my AS qualifications did not hold any value anymore.

I then discovered the Access Course whilst browsing through The Student Room forums, but no local colleges had offered an Allied Health Professions Course. After some research, I had found The DistanceLearningCentre.com which offered a range of Access Courses, including an Allied Health Course.

Initially I was slightly worried when returning to education but DistanceLearningCentre.com welcomed me with open arms. The course was intensive but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now looking to study Physiotherapy at Leeds Beckett University in September. I would not have achieved this without the constant support from my tutors, so a big thank you to them. (Jun 16)

Taken aback by the success rate of students being accepted onto their chosen courses - Mary Adkins

Mary Adkins

Fab5 Award Nominee

Since graduating from university in 2004 with a degree in Marketing and Media Studies, I realised that my true ambition was to become a Midwife but never felt like there was a right time to go back to university. After having my children (twins in 2011 and a little girl in 2013) I gave up work and realised that this would be the perfect opportunity to take the step to realising my ambition, however I was shocked to discover that my degree was essentially out of date because I had not studied in the last five years.

I enquired at my local college about their Access Course, the cost of which was in excess of £3000 plus childcare costs for three children, three days a week. As I already had a degree I was not able to apply for the 24+ loan, therefore the Access Course simply became unaffordable. I began to research on-line and on a nursing and midwifery forum the name that kept coming up was DistanceLearningCentre.com.

I enquired about the course and was taken aback by the success rate of students being accepted onto their chosen courses (much higher rate than the college course) and the price was affordable, it seemed too good to be true. However, from asking past students on forums and researching DistanceLearningCentre.com I felt like it was the perfect course for me. My instinct was right and I've not looked back.

My first tutor was absolutely brilliant, responded quickly to my emails and my tutorials were invaluable. The support I had was great, which is what I needed as like many other DistanceLearningCentre.com students it had been over ten years since I last studied. The introductory modules were a great way of getting back into the routine of studying and knowing the level which was required to get the distinctions I needed to apply for the midwifery course.

I thought I had maybe been lucky with my first tutor but then when I moved onto the Psychology modules and was assigned my new tutor she was equally fantastic. I found the transition from Biology to Psychology hard, but in moments of self-doubt she was encouraging and helped me to believe in my ability. Distance learning worked fantastically for me and my family, I didn't need to spend money on childcare as I could study at evenings and weekends.

The course was much harder than I expected, but by using the resources provided, the text books that were recommended plus a LOT of hard work and commitment I achieved 45 distinctions. I am so very proud of my achievement, it has brought me one step closer to becoming a Midwife and makes me a favourable candidate in the university application process. (Jun 16)

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