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2015-2016 page 8

The monthly payment plan made the course more affordable for me

After missing out on my A-Levels due to major surgery I thought my academic goals were a write off - Evelyn Scott

Evelyn Scott

After missing out on my A-Levels in 2012 due to major surgery I thought my academic goals were a write off. Three years, further treatment and many surgeries later, I stumbled across the DistanceLearningCentre.com and after reading past student testimonies (like this one you're reading now) decided to take the plunge.

Medicine/medical science have been my area of interest for some time and my first-hand experience had only deepened my enthusiasm and given me a head start; this meant the Access to Science course offered was a dream! An interesting anatomy-related syllabus with no boring photosynthesis or irrelevant maths modules was exactly what my brain had been craving.

Tutors supported me superbly throughout, this being a very 'grown up' way of learning and there being a mutual understanding of the fact that sometimes life does get in the way of writing essays - and that's okay!

The course isn't easy but it would be boring if it were. It perfectly bridges the gap between a break from academia and university - being harder than A-Level (in my opinion) but holding my interest throughout. Before completing the course I had received all but one of my university offers, but most importantly one from my top choice.

12 months and plenty of hard work and anxious waits for mark sheets down the line I've completed my course with all Distinctions and will be off to University College London in September to study MSci Applied Medical Science and honestly, I still can't quite believe it - dream achieved! (Jun 16)

Allowed me to develop academically ... and will massively support my next step in learning at University - Katie Harrison

Katie Harrison

Fab5 Award Nominee

My experience with DistanceLearningCentre.com has been nothing but fantastic from start to finish, from the ease of enrolment, the support received from all my tutors to the assignments themselves (which I really enjoyed doing).

The hardest thing for me was wanting to do the best I could possibly do, which often meant researching to an extent that I could have probably written a dissertation length piece of work for each assignment. My tutors guided and supported me in a way that allowed me to fine tune my focus, so that I could really get into the nitty gritty and explore my ideas in depth, rather than trying to cover everything in detail. The development of this skill has really allowed me to develop academically in terms of my writing and will massively support my next step in learning at University.

Without the support and encouragement I received from all those associated with DistanceLearningCentre.com, I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I have. To have the opportunity to participate in a course that is so well designed and is recognised by all the universities has been brilliant.

Due to ill health I was only able to complete 2 A levels, but I always felt that I had the potential to achieve so much more. Achieving such amazing grades in the diploma has helped me to realise that I'm not a failure and has really boosted my self esteem and confidence. (Jun 16)

The University suggested the Access route and mentioned DistanceLearningCentre.com - Stuart Parkins

Stuart Parkins

I decided in my late (late) forties that I wanted to study a degree for both personal achievement and to gain new skills; inspired and supported by my children (both at University) and especially my wife (who went from Access to a Masters) I decided to apply.

Speaking to my local university admissions department, I found that my poor 'A' levels from 30+ years ago did not provide enough UCAS entry points. I asked their advice after explaining I'm self-employed and work long hours. They suggested the Access route and mentioned DistanceLearningCentre.com as a possible course to fit around my work.

The course was very well structured with supportive tutors. Though not easy, I managed to structure my time and finish the course. It took me longer than anticipated, largely due to work commitments and a sports related injury, but the structure and support, along with a helpful ILP (Individual Learning Plan) kept me focused and on track. The course has engaging materials that are highly targeted to a particular discipline.

I'd recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to get back to study; they are professional and support the learner well. You will need to work hard and set aside time but it is achievable and I finished my Access to Health course with distance learning at 49 and now have an offer of a University place after gaining a recognised Access qualification. (Jun 16)

Fab5 Award Winner 2016 - Jade England

Jade England

After working in childcare as a nursery nurse for a few years I decided to follow my dreams and look into pursuing a career in Midwifery. Although I already had a degree I felt I needed to brush up on my knowledge in Midwifery related subjects but couldn't afford to give up my full time job to go to college. I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com and was really impressed with the Access to Midwifery course they offered. The flexibility of the course allowed me to continue working full time and study and the monthly payment plan made the course more affordable for me.

To start with I was nervous about starting the course as I had no experience with distance learning but my worries were soon put to rest. The support given from my tutors was amazing. If I ever had a query they would respond quickly and always provided useful and constructive feedback. I was able to learn how to organise my time and learn independently ready for university study. My writing and researching skills developed and I managed to gain more than the minimum distinctions required for each of my chosen universities. My first tutor provided support and guidance with applying through UCAS and writing my personal statement and I managed to secure a place at two of my chosen Welsh universities to study Midwifery.

I am so grateful for the help and support my tutors and DistanceLearningCentre.com has given me and would definitely recommend the company to family and friends who want to study through distance learning. I have enjoyed every second of the course and I cannot wait to continue pursuing my dream career in September! (Jun 16)

Jan 2017 update: - Jade received offers from two Welsh universities and is now studying Midwifery at the University of South Wales. She is just finishing her first placement block and has thoroughly enjoyed every second of the course so far. "I can't wait to see what exciting experiences the rest of my time as a student Midwife will bring!"

I now feel very confident in going forward in my new career - Carly Weeks

Carly Weeks

Fab5 Award Nominee

A career in nursing is something I had always dreamed of doing, but the timing of when I joined the Royal Navy meant that it was not an option for me as they were not recruiting. I opted to join anyway as a Communications Specialist and although I felt I had found the career for me I could never shake the feeling that I was not working day to day in my dream job. In 2012 a huge life event occurred when my brother was seriously injured while serving with the British Army in Afghanistan, and seeing the military doctors and nurses first hand provide exceptional care to him and my entire family I knew that was where I wanted to be.

It was then I found DistanceLearningCentre.com online and after reading the amazing testimonials and the very friendly atmosphere on the forums I decided to go for it. The set up was perfect for me, juggling a busy military career where I was often deployed all over the world meant that I needed flexibility and to be able to study at my own pace. The tutors are brilliant, only ever at the end of an e-mail and they were very understanding of the demands of my career. The Access Diploma took me much longer than many others to complete as I was deployed twice around the world in that time often with little to no internet connection for long periods, but I am so very pleased that I stuck it out and my tutors never let me feel disheartened as I saw other students complete and move on ahead of me.

The saying that 'you get out what you put in' is absolutely true with DistanceLearningCentre.com, and I ended up completing my Access Diploma with an almost straight run of distinctions, but more than that I have learned a lot about myself. I have learned how to best study to suit me and manage my workload, made great friends along the way and I now feel very confident in going forward in my new career. I have been accepted onto the Adult Nursing Degree 2016 to be a fully qualified Naval Nurse on completion, finally ending up in that dream job I always wanted. I would recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to everyone, they really can help you make your dreams a reality. (Jun 16)

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