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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.

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

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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

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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

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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)

Brilliant support from the tutors, they want you to pass and they want you to make it - Katarina Novak

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I have worked with children since I was 19 years old. I'm currently working in a school environment and the feeling that I wanted to move further up and expand my education became part of my life.

In the meantime I became a mother too, so physically going to school was next to impossible for me. I was searching for distance learning courses and came across DistanceLearningCentre.com. I signed up for Childhood Studies (Science) and here I am having completed the whole course!

Thank you for brilliant support from the tutors, because they want you to pass and they want you to make it! They are also the ones who make the study enjoyable. It was hard, but not impossible after all! I'm starting University in September. (Jun 16)

I would urge anyone wanting to embark on a new life journey to take the leap and follow their dreams - Lisa Clark

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Nursing is something I've always wanted to do but when I was younger didn't pursue it due to a lack of confidence in my abilities. Working as a domestic assistant in a hospital made me realise that nursing was the right path for me. I have first-hand experience of the fantastic job nurses do, my auntie was a paediatric nurse and I continue to be inspired by exceptional nurses that I work alongside on a daily basis.

The idea of becoming a qualified nurse seemed a distant dream, as I couldn't afford to leave my job to undertake the Access Course I needed to get into university. I was lucky enough to hear about DistanceLearningCentre.com via The Mid Yorks NHS Trust who also funded my place on the Access Course.

Independent learning is a very demanding and lonely journey that requires a great deal of determination and perseverance. With the support of my husband, family and colleagues I have been able to exceed my own expectations. It has been hard work managing a full time job, volunteer work, driving lessons and studying the access course, but receiving offers from my chosen universities has made all the effort worthwhile.

I'm pleased to say I will be beginning the Bsc (Hons) Child Nursing degree in September 2016 and urge anyone wanting to embark on a new life journey to take the leap and follow their dreams. (Jun 16)