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!
Out of learning for over 20 years - Paul Molloy
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
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
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)
To be able to progress within the ambulance service I needed to obtain the correct qualifications - Lee Carr
Prior to starting my studies with DistanceLearningCentre.com I was working as a frontline ambulance support worker for an NHS foundation trust. To be able to progress within the ambulance service to the role of paramedic and having left secondary education with no A*-C GCSE grades I needed to obtain the correct qualifications to allow me onto a university degree.
I found DistanceLearningCentre.com and applied to study the Access to HE Paramedicine Diploma. I needed to achieve a full 60 credit diploma and they offered this diploma as distance learning which was important to me with 2 young children and continuing to work full time for the ambulance service.
The tutors have been fantastic from start to finish with the support offered and made the diploma achievable even for those like myself who work full time and have a family to maintain. I never thought I could achieve a qualification that would match me to the criteria required to study a Bsc in paramedic science at St George's university of London allowing me to follow my childhood dream; but the DistanceLearningCentre.com have made this possible!
Through hard work and determination (and it wasn't a walk in the park) I've done it and I can't thank DistanceLearningCentre.com enough! From no GCSE's to a higher education diploma allowing me to study a degree proves anyone can do it with the right amount of determination. Thank you so much! (Jun 16)
Very helpful when I was applying to universities and even helped with my UCAS application - Charlie Parsley
I started my online Access to Science course in order to pursue my dream of becoming a vet. With no science A levels and an unrelated SA hons degree, I needed some science qualifications to be able to apply to university. DistanceLearningCentre.com were very helpful when I was applying to universities and even helped with my UCAS application. Without them it would have been much harder to apply.
I completed the science access course in just under 9 months. I would recommend giving yourself 12 months as I was very pushed for time but with hard work and determination anything is possible! The course is hard, there is no doubt about that. You really need to be motivated and switched on from the word go, but my tutors were supportive and good at providing answers to any questions I had.
I now have a conditional place to study Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London. It really is a dream come true! I am now well on the way to fulfilling my dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon and this would not have been possible without DistanceLearningCentre.com. A big thank you to all of the great tutors and staff that have helped me along the way. If you are thinking of changing career or need some more qualifications to pursue your dream job. DistanceLearningCentre.com is the place for you! (Jun 16)