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2015-2016 page 5

I contacted my local University who recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com

Recommended to anyone who has a busy lifestyle regardless of past learning experience - Sean Reddington

Sean Reddington

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I started looking into an Access Course following my decision to leave the Armed Forces. I had to conduct my GSCE maths to the required standard before being able to proceed. After a lot of thought and deliberation I decided on using DistanceLearningCentre.com. Some friends in the military advised me this was a very adaptable course to suit a busy work environment.

WELL... I was not let down. I had a lot of issues in work and social life during the course and the tutors and the company were fantastic, very helpful and informative and coming from not writing an essay in 12 years it was a very easy transition. Even when you change modules to a different tutor the information and communication was fantastic and considering this is a distance learning course I did not feel I missed out by not going to college.

Recommended to anyone who has a busy lifestyle regardless of past learning experience. (Jun 16)

I received emails and calls of encouragement every week and it really got me going - Passion Vanga

Passion Vanga

It has taken me almost four years to compete my diploma plus GCSE equivalences in English, Maths and Science. I have almost given up a few times and have taken many breaks due to unforeseen reasons. I have suffered four miscarriages and had no will to carry on.

I am so grateful to have tutors who have pushed me when I was giving up and they had faith in me. I took some time off on several occasions but my tutors wouldn't let me give up that easy. I received emails and calls of encouragement every week and it really got me going.

I only had a few weeks left to complete the course when I rejoined after a particular tutor encouraged me not to give up. She really showed me that I can do it, we actually both thought I wasn't going to make it but I HAVE MADE IT.

I have been given that one more step towards my goal of becoming a nurse and DistanceLearningCentre.com has played a major role towards achieving this goal. I can't thank you enough but I can surely say "keep up the good work". The future is now looking brighter and I will be applying to university for September 2017. (Jun 16)

I have developed a stronger and more independent work ethic from studying online - Joanna West

Joanna West

I was initially a bit apprehensive about being able to complete my course in the 7 months that I had before moderation, however once I got to know my tutors I was so much more confident in my work and abilities.

I have developed a stronger and more independent work ethic from studying online, and I am now confident that I could even be in a better position when starting University than those who have not studied by distance learning.

Thank you so much, I could not be happier that I found this course! (Jun 16)

I was called for for interview by all five university choices - Pauline Findlay

Pauline Findlay

Approaching 'retirement' from the Army after 24 years' service, I had to decide what I wanted to be when I 'grow up'. I had built up a keen interest in anatomy and physiology, from many stints of physical therapy following injury, so started looking into becoming a physiotherapist. After a few university open days, it became frustratingly apparent that my 6 'O' levels and BTEC National Diploma from 'way-back-when' would not pass academic screening for university entrance; I would have to do an Access to HE Diploma.

I heard about DistanceLearningCentre.com from the Access to HE website and decided to 'bite-the-bullet' after reading the testimonials and checking with universities whether the diploma offered would be acceptable; this was how I found out just how well regarded DistanceLearningCentre.com is. Luckily, the course was also recognised by the Army as 'acceptable for HE funding'.

I'm not going to lie, the Access to HE (Allied Health Professions) Diploma is hard work; it involves modules in academic skills and psychology, as well as the expected biology. It also required self-discipline to come in from a long day's work and get my brain into gear to produce work that was both up to standard and to the fairly tight deadlines; no time for procrastination! Don't expect the learning material to provide you with all of the answers; it gives you just enough to get you wanting to do your own self-directed research to find out more; I suppose that's pretty much the point of it!

I cannot praise the tutors enough; I completed this course during a particularly turbulent period of my life and I had moments of serious self-doubt; the encouragement and support I received from my tutors was great and got me back on track. I am especially grateful for one tutor's help with my university application personal statement; as a result, I was called for for interview by all five university choices and have now secured a place with my first choice of Cardiff, pending moderation. This has given me a tremendous sense of achievement. (Jun 16)

I contacted my local University who recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com - Angela Foster

Angela Foster

After many years of having a passion to be a Mental Health Nurse, and not knowing how to get there, after full time employment and life taking me in a different direction than expected from a young age, I finally took the plunge after having my daughter. I contacted my local University who recommended DistanceLearningCentre.com to do the Nursing Access Course as I only had GCSE's and didn't have the full entry requirements needed for the course or even a C in Maths.

With a three month old baby, I signed up for the Allied Health Professions Diploma and a Maths GCSE and it was the best decision I ever made. I was not academic at all at school and struggled quite a bit. With the help and support of the fantastic tutors I had who gave me courage and support and positive feedback, I believed in myself, and that teamed with a genuine passion for the subject and hard work meant that I gained the full Diploma with more distinctions than I ever thought I was even capable of and I couldn't be happier.

It was tough studying while raising a new baby and at times I thought I would throw in the towel, but I kept going, and facing challenging times with sadly losing my Aunty suddenly and my Nan battling Cancer, I kept working hard. My Nan sadly passed away 4 days before I took my second Maths GCSE and I took the exam which was tough, but I got through it. I was with her when I found out that I had completed my access Diploma course with 9 distinctions and a high merit.

No matter what life throws at you or where you come from, I can say DistanceLearningCentre.com changed my life and I would like to thank all the tutors and everyone there for your support, it really was worth it. I'm hoping to apply for University next September and couldn't be more excited for the future. Follow your dreams - nothing is impossible. Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com. (Jun 16)

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