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To demonstrate just how proud we all are of your success, we have created the Awards of Achievement, which are awarded annually to our ten most oustanding students.

The winners get back half the cost of their course fees!

I've learnt new skills and techniques which will be invaluable for higher education - Caroline Fitzpatrick

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I enrolled on the Access to HE Diploma in January 2015 to start the process of gaining a new career in Physiotherapy. Having left college early to start work I never gained the UCAS credits required to go to university. Now 15 years later, going back to education was a daunting prospect.

I have had a manual job for the last 6 years and felt that my academic abilities had diminished during this time. However, I exceeded all of my expectations. The course was hard and challenging at times, requiring motivation and commitment. I found though, that the satisfaction of being awarded a distinction for an assignment and being one step closer to a new career was all I needed to continue.

The flexibility of being able to put the course on hold halfway through allowed me to take much needed time out to organise my wedding.

Having now completed the course I feel much more confident with my writing, researching and referencing abilities. I've learnt new skills and techniques which will be invaluable for higher education. My application to university is on hold now while I welcome the arrival of our first baby. However, I look forward to continuing with my studies in the near future following the grounding that DistanceLearningCentre.com has given me. (Jun 16)

Fab5 Award Winner 2016 - Leanne McKie

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I was one of the naughty ones at school. I wasn't ready to knuckle down and take life and studying seriously. And as some of you may well know, I came out of school with no qualifications and was told to set my career goals to the dazzling heights of the hosiery industry. School had knocked the confidence out of me and I believed that I was just not suited to academia. With this knowledge I resigned myself to a life of manual jobs and bar work. Luckily my break came when I worked my way up through work based training within health care. I went from being care worker within a residential home, to an NHS healthcare /rehab assistant and then to being a therapy support worker supporting occupational therapists and physios on a very busy oncology ward.

I never thought that one day I would be able to qualify as an occupational therapist and that academically and financially it was way out of my reach. But by having done well at most of my in work training and getting very complimentary feedback from colleagues about my progress, I thought hang on, I might actually be able to do this.

I searched online and found DistanceLearningCentre.com. I contacted the college and they advised me which courses I needed to take and to also look into relevant universities that taught occupational therapy and what qualifications I needed in order to study there. My tutors gave me a welcome telephone tutorial to let me know what was expected of me which gave me a boost in confidence, they also answered all of my questions no matter how small or daft and gave me the encouragement I needed to make me believe that I could complete my course.

I found out that there was a possibility that funding would be cut on my chosen degree, so I thought I would apply for the intake for 2016 and cut my deadline for finishing my access course and 2 GCSEs from 12 months to 8 months. As well as working a full time job, I would study during my lunch break, after work every night and every weekend. My social life (and even exercising) had to take a back seat for a while in order for me to be super focused, I didn't even have time to read a book. It was all worth it as I managed to hand my final assessment in a few weeks before moderation. I had been offered a conditional place at Coventry University and had hit all the desired merits and distinctions necessary.

This time last year I never thought that I would be in this position and I will be eternally grateful for all the encouragement from all my tutors, family, friends and colleagues who believed in me more than I believed in myself. (Jun 16)

I was so impressed I suggested it to my workplace - Leejon Jeffries

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Fab5 Award Nominee

After working full time for the past three years in an operating theatre as a theatre assistant I decided I wanted to make the next step up and become a qualified ODP. After looking into what I would need to progress, I found that I needed to complete an access to higher education course. My father in law discovered DistanceLearningCentre.com and suggested I give them a try.

It was a big step for me looking to go to university as I would be the first in my family to do so.

The DistanceLearningCentre.com course has been amazing, the course assessments are really informative and break things down so the information is easy to take in. My two allocated tutors have been such a massive help they are very knowledgeable and supportive and if there was any issues they would always be quick to respond. I would like to thank DistanceLearningCentre.com for helping me take that big step and I am now due to start university in September.

I was so impressed with DistanceLearningCentre.com I suggested it to my workplace and now a handful of my colleagues have signed up to take the same access course I did. (Nov 15)

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

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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

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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)