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What our students say 2016-2017 page 14

"Has helped me realise that I can still handle the academic pressure as a mature student"

My tutors were all so supportive and the sense of achievement I felt was incredible! - Lisa Gumbrill

Lisa Gumbrill

Fab5 Award Nominee

I was working as a commercial manager for a huge company and to my shock was made redundant just a few months before I was due to give birth. Going into motherhood with career uncertainty, I took the time away from the office to decide what my next move would be. I decided that I would follow a dream of mine to become a dietician and, seeing as I failed my science GCSE in school, I had to start from the beginning by doing my GCSE and then an Access to HE Diploma. My dream however was halted when I began to suffer from post-natal depression and unaware of what was happening to me, I plodded on for a couple of years until I finally got help.

Once well and back to normal, I began my studies with DistanceLearningCentre.com in September 2015 when my daughter had just turned 3. I signed up in 2015 and off I went, sceptical as to whether I could even pass the courses to enable me entry to university. My studies were going amazingly, each subject I opened left me with the feeling of 'how on earth am I going to do this?', but my tutors were all so supportive and the sense of achievement I felt, when the distinctions kept coming in, was incredible!

Me and my partner had always wanted to have a second child, so with everything going so well and with only a couple of months left to go we made our move, and to our joy and surprise we fell pregnant immediately. After an uncomplicated first pregnancy, with my second pregnancy things were tough. I was feeling absolutely horrendous and trying to continue normal home and work life, my studies were affected. It took everything I had to finish this course and at every single turn I thought I would fail. After explaining this all to my tutors they were so supportive and very patient with my ever-worsening baby brain!

I now have another beautiful baby girl, an A* science GCSE and passed my Access to HE Diploma with mainly distinctions and am excited for my next adventure to university in 2018. Thank you, DistanceLearningCentre.com!! (Nov 2016)

Gave me the ability to study at my own pace and plan around my busy lifestyle - Karen O'Neill

Karen ONeill

After being out of education for 30 years, I felt anxious about the transition back into studying. I began wondering if I would ever succeed in finding the path to my lifelong ambition! I researched distance learning courses and came across DistanceLearningCentre.com. The availability of courses was incredible and the process of enrolling was straight forward. I began studying the Access to Allied Health Professions and at my age I won't pretend it was easy.

The support given from tutors was amazing; emails were answered promptly and feedback was always constructive. My journey provided me with management, organisational and academic skills, all of which will equip to help me to succeed at University.

DistanceLearningCentre.com gave me the ability to study at my own pace and plan around my busy lifestyle. As a full-time carer to my both my in-laws, a mother of four children and wife to my husband who worked away for weeks at a time, it was hard and at times I felt defeated! My words to you are, DON'T GIVE UP!! Doing what you want to do is achievable!!

I would certainly recommend DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone else that wants to further their careers. The quality of all the tutors has exceeded my expectations. Not forgetting the Forums and Facebook (Official) Page where you will find a tutor or peer-to-peer support offering help and advice, I will continue to offer my support.

Go on - do it, take the leap, grasp that career that you've always imagined yourself doing! I did, and here I am today holding an offer from The University of Chester for the degree in Forensic Psychology. Thank you to DistanceLearningCentre.com! (Nov 2016)

Always there to guide me through difficult subjects - Francesca Stupiak

Francesca Stupiak

As a massage therapist I wanted to learn and expand my knowledge on anatomy and physiology so I could grow in the field and possibly aim towards physiotherapy. I have always had a passion for science so the Access to HE Diploma for Allied Health Professions was enjoyable to do and fairly quick to achieve.

I learnt so much on this course just by teaching myself and with the help of friendly tutors who were always there to guide me through difficult subjects. Although I have not used my course specifically for entering University as I had originally planned, I have more confidence in my work which has helped me achieve enormously and I have received interviews in pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies for degree apprenticeships. All in all it has been worth my time to do the course and it feels like a great achievement to be proud of. (Nov 2016)

I have been given the confidence to go out and succeed in my new career - Hannah Wright

Hannah Wright

I'm a personal trainer and class instructor and have been for past 7 years. I wanted to advance my career into Physiotherapy but didn't have the credits needed for UCAS.

DistanceLearningCentre.com gave me the chance to complete my Access to HE Science Diploma in the time frame I wanted.

The tutors have been available and supportive whenever I have needed help and thanks to DistanceLearningCentre.com I have been offered an MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) place at Sheffield Hallam University. I have been given the confidence to go out and succeed in my new career. (Nov 2016)

Has helped me realise that I can still handle the academic pressure as a mature student - Anjali Kale

Anjali Kale

My decision to change career path from Stage Management and Sound Engineering to becoming a Dental Hygienist was a big one to say the least! From deciding to take on this amazing journey a couple of years ago, to securing a place at my first choice institution has been nothing short of a dream come true. I gave myself a two year goal to reach all the academic requirements to apply for the Dental Hygiene Programme at the Eastman Dental Hospital; this included the Access to HE Science Diploma, all while working full time!

I had never heard of the Access to Science Diploma and had no idea it could all be done online until I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com. I had a good look around the website before making my enquiry, and took the plunge the same day as I found it was exactly what I was looking for and at an affordable price too! For me, this route was necessary in order to get me back into the mode of study, and has also helped me realise that I can still handle the academic pressure as a mature student. I found the tutors to be extremely supportive and encouraging, the materials were excellent and assessments were easy to follow and complete, and the student forum was there for reassurance. I was able to complete the necessary credits to merit and distinction levels, which meant that my first choice offered me a place before I had even completed the course! I have no hesitation in recommending DistanceLearningCentre.com to anyone and everyone I know.

Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com and a huge thank you for propelling me towards my dream! (Nov 2016)