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2015-2016 page 9

The forums and Facebook group have greatly enhanced my learning experience

You make it work for you but you are very much supported and never feel like you are alone - Katherine Taylor

Katherine Taylor

Fab5 Award Nominee

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com, although it was a learning curve at times and I had to deal with a few personal situations along the way which were very challenging. My fantastic tutors, particularly one of them, really helped me along the way and without the support, understanding and encouragement, I wouldn't be where I am today.

DistanceLearningCentre.com really worked for me because as a single parent working part time, it wasn't possible for me to attend the Access Course at my local college, I also appreciated the ability to work at my own pace and to fit studying around my current life.

I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to further their studies or to gain the necessary qualifications to apply for university. You make it work for you but you are very much supported and never feel like you are alone. (Jun 16)

The course taught me the discipline and the determination to push myself to the best of my ability - Nicola Evans

Nicola Evans

I came across the DistanceLearningCentre.com website when I was searching for an Access Course for Higher Education. This was to get further credits to enable me to attend University. During the time of my course I was also busy working 4 days a week and also caring for my Grandma in the beginning. When she passed away the support my tutor gave me was overwhelming.

Through my busy time the course taught me the discipline and the determination to push myself to the best of my ability. What are my ambitions? On completion of this course I want to go to university to study integrated practice in learning disability nursing and social work. This I am hoping to start in September 2016 but this course has given me the determination to get to where I want to be. In the end I want to be a fully qualified learning disability nurse.

I want to thank both of my tutors for the support and motivation they have given my over the last 9 months. I found distance learning so convenient, especially as I work and I was unable to attend college full time. I would recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to family and friends. Probably one of the best decisions I have ever made and with the help of this diploma I will get the job of my dreams. (Jun 16)

Exceeded my expectations in terms of the support I received - Megan Morgan

Megan Morgan

Fab5 Award Nominee

DistanceLearningCentre.com has exceeded my expectations in terms of the support I received. Not meeting face-to-face with my tutors was a strange concept for me but support and advice was readily available, their responses were much more rapid than they needed to be and I received marks and grading quicker than expected. Studying my Access Diploma with DistanceLearningCentre.com was a great decision for me and has allowed me to pursue a career I thought wouldn't be obtainable.

Deciding to go back into education was something I would have never foreseen; I simply decided I wasn't clever enough for higher education and had thought I would 'settle' with my average job. When looking into other careers, becoming a midwife was all I could think of and I quickly enrolled with DistanceLearningCentre.com. I initially struggled maintaining deadlines but the passion for my future career path kept me going and learning again felt fantastic.

Unfortunately during my studies I lost two members of my family which pulled the carpet from under my feet, I thought of pausing my diploma and having time off of work but I couldn't pull myself away; I persevered with working and studying and I managed. This wasn't an easy time but I grieved their loss in my own way and maintained my excellent grades, I even had an exam the morning of my great grandmothers funeral and I passed it.

I now have an unconditional place at my first choice university and achieved 39 credits at distinction with the rest at merit (maybe I was clever enough). This year has been difficult in many ways but it has been incredible, I want to thank DistanceLearningCentre.com for their outstanding tutoring and support. I am truly thankful for helping me achieve the impossible. (Jun 16)

Fab5 Award Winner 2016 - Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey

I got to a point in my life where I'd been in the same industry for 25 years and began contemplating a career change. I'd been out of education for almost 30 years, but I had established that gaining a degree was going to open the door into my 'second career'. Gaining an access diploma was part of 'the plan' I formulated. I felt nervous about returning to learning and study after such a long break. The negative impact upon my limited time, and the muddled financing in accessing the qualifications I would require at 'bricks and mortar colleges' made me look at other well regarded providers and after some research I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com and signed up.

Over the past few months I started and completed my Access to Science (option 1) Diploma through DistanceLearningCentre.com. I shall not pretend to you that it's been easy; at 46 years of age there are so many reasons life gets in the way. I had a demanding full time job whilst studying, my wife is a full time student in the second year of her degree, our children are teenagers, both at different ends of the autistic spectrum. Juggling all of these factors whilst trying to schedule opportunities to study has challenged my time management skills to the extreme! I have gained so many academic and organisational skills from this management of time and priority; experience, which I know, will equip me for full time university study.

I would certainly recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to others. The quality of the tutors (including their patience with me) and the supporting materials provided, have exceeded my initial expectations. Since overcoming my nervousness at the start I have succeeded in obtaining grades which greatly exceed those required to get onto my chosen degree.

Peer-to-peer interactions with other students using the official forums and Facebook group are encouraged and I consider that these interactions have greatly enhanced my learning experience ? there is almost always someone to chat with / ask for help / give help to - and I'm sure I've made some good friends along the way.

So if you're 'stuck in a rut' and thinking you'd missed out on the career you really wanted ? it's not too late ? you can do something about it ? you can get qualifications or head to university and improve your quality of life and career chances. Signing up to DistanceLearningCentre.com has been a great decision, my 'second career' is in sight as I am just weeks away from the beginning my first semester at university. It will be 28 years later than I ever expected, however I am so much more prepared for it now than I ever anticipated, thanks to my study with DistanceLearningCentre.com. (Jun 16)

Jan 2017 update: - Martin started a University course in 2016 however he has reported that the course had not met up to expectations and is looking at changing courses for 2018. "Even though you think you know what you wanted to do having selected and passed the access course, you may still find that the reality of what you thought you wanted to study is different. However, with the fact that the access course you passed will meet entry requirements for many other degrees - there are still options open to you to change. Although I am not happy with my course, the university experience per se is worth the effort, so do not give up on the dream - even if the dream is now different!"

Fab5 Award Winner 2016 - Maria Kirk

Maria Kirk

When I started studying Access to Midwifery with DistanceLearningCentre.com I was very nervous; I hadn't studied for several years and was very unsure of my ability to complete the course to a acceptable level.

During my time on the course I have had several different tutors and each one has been absolutely fantastic. They have all been very approachable, taken the time to explain things in detail and given support when needed; this has enabled me to finish the course with mostly Distinctions, which will stand me in very good stead for obtaining a university place to study my Midwifery Degree.

Thank you to each and every one of you, and I won't hesitate to recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to people in the future. (Jun 16)

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