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2017-2018 page 2

Support throughout and really targeted feedback that helped me improve.

The online forums are fantastic and the tutors are great - Karen Odle

Karen Odle

I have been out of education for many years and needed to complete an access course to get into university in September. Having two small children, made it incredibly hard to study at times and throughout the course, there have been many ups and downs, including a loss. I fell back in my studies and felt like giving up but I kept reminding myself of the reason I was doing this in the first place. I spent many late nights completing assessments and finally managed to catch up and finish my course in time for moderation.

Distance learning is incredibly hard, but the online forums are fantastic and the tutors are great. It has been a rewarding experience for me, and has built not only my confidence but my perseverance and determination as well. I'm looking forward to my career as an Occupational Therapist. Thank you! (Jun 2018)

Whenever I needed them, they were there and they felt more like friends - Ahmad Khan

Ahmad Khan

I left school 3 years ago with 10 GCSEs and started an A-Level programme at my local Sixth Form College. However, due to ill health I was unable to complete my A-Levels. I was so disappointed and I did not know what I was going to do. So I began working voluntarily for an Internet pharmacy and then secured a part-time job as a counter assistant in a community pharmacy. It was during this time that pharmacy became of interest to me, I wanted to help people and what better way than helping them to look after their health, and well-being. About 9 months ago I decided I wanted a change in my life and to pursue a career in pharmacy. I started researching and talking to a family member who directed me towards the Access to HE Diploma in Science course at DistanceLearningCentre.com.

Being out of education for nearly 2 years and as the course was by distance learning made the start of the course challenging, but the tutors were excellent! Whenever I needed them, they were there and they felt more like friends when helping me with my studies. As time went on I found myself becoming more independent and the flexible workload was perfect for fitting in assignments around my part-time employment. I have now completed my course and achieved 45 Distinctions which is more than I could have ever hoped for. I could never have achieved this without the tutors!

I am so glad that I decided to go ahead with the Access to HE Diploma in Science. I have now secured a place to study pharmacy at Bradford University!

I want to say a massive thank you for all the help along the way, and I would urge anyone else thinking of pursuing a career to just go for it and give DistanceLearningCentre.com a go! (Jun 2018)

Having tried other online study programs in the past through different organisations, I finally found the right fit - Conor Dalgarno

Conor Dalgarno

I'd known for a long time before starting with DistanceLearningCentre.com that I was spinning my wheels. Whilst I was getting by with my own little business, it wasn't leading anywhere and I knew that the only real solution for the career I wanted was to go back to University and study Law. Unfortunately I definitely didn't have the A Levels to back that up and with Law being a notoriously difficult career to break into I knew that I wanted to make sure I studied at a Russel Group University to increase my odds... enter DistanceLearningCentre.com.

I'd recommend the Law & Criminology HE Diploma to just about anybody looking to breach into the subject. The shift midway between the two topics kept things interesting and the focus on succint essay writing and the eternal search for decent references are two of the primary skills needed on any Law Degree. Whilst it wasn't always easy and starting a little late in October added some pressure, I had a great tutor who was always there to help as need be and provided quick insightful markings of my work.

After all this I've got myself a place studying Law at King's College London for this coming September, something that didn't seem possible a year or so ago. This could really set me up for a successful long-term career and after having tried other online study programs in the past through different organisations, well, I finally found the right fit with DistanceLearningCentre.com. Recommended to anyone, it's never too late to make the change you've been wanting. (Jun 2018)

I could do my course work when my children were in bed or at school and with the option to pay monthly it was easily affordable for me - Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson

I have always wanted to work in the health care sector as either a nurse or a midwife. After having my two children I decided that I wanted to become a midwife as the midwives, that I had come across, were amazing and helped me a lot. I wanted to do the same for other expectant mothers.

I didn't have the right qualifications to apply to university so I started to look at Access to Higher Education courses when I came across DistanceLearningCentre.com. As a single working mum it was perfect for me; I could do my course work when my children were in bed or at school and with the option to pay monthly it was easily affordable for me.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and the tutors have been amazing; they are very supportive and help you when you are struggling.

I have now finished my course and I am very happy with my results. I am going to apply to university for 2019 as that's when my youngest will be in full time education. I am very excited for what the future holds and DistanceLearningCentre.com has helped me on my way there. Thank you! (Jun 2018)

Support throughout and really targeted feedback that helped me improve - Corrine Lisle-Harding

Corrine Lisle

I have dreamed of being a vet every since being a little girl, but my parents were adamant I should pursue a vocational course that would get me into the workplace sooner rather than later, so after finishing school, I attended college to study Admin and IT. I disagreed with them and decided that I wanted to go to university, but my options were limited. I was accepted to study Law at the University of Surrey, but sadly I couldn't afford the tuition fees. To say I was disappointed was an understatement, but I put my skills to good use over the next 10 years. I worked and progressed to become an IT Coach, but I felt constantly frustrated that I was not following the right career path for me, and inspired by adopting my first cat, I planned a career change. I initially trained as a dog groomer, before launching a pet grooming, sitting and dog walking business. This business grew from strength to strength and I began further training as a dog trainer and behaviourist. My behaviourist training was very focused on modern scientific research, including emotional neurophysiology and pharmacology, subjects that I found absolutely fascinating, and I knew that in order to pursue them further, I needed to again consider a degree.

I began researching degrees and couldn't quite decide which avenue to pursue, but life has a funny way of forcing decisions! I found out that I was expecting a baby, which gave me the push I needed to apply for my dream degree, a degree in Veterinary Science - I wanted my child to see both of his parents pursuing a career in fields they loved! I contacted the University of Surrey and they confirmed they would consider my application with a Science Access Diploma, suggesting DistanceLearningCentre.com.

I applied and began the course. I was immediately impressed by DistanceLearningCentre.com's organization. They had a process for student enrolment that ensured you were quickly up to speed on the way they do things. I 'met' my tutor on Skype. She was very friendly and helpful, and she talked me through the ILP (Individual Learning Plan), which helps you plan your modules around your time-frame. I started in August and despite my baby being due in mid-September, I was confident I could get several modules completed before he arrived. How wrong I was! I managed just one, and then had to break to ensure that my university application was submitted and my son arrived before I could complete any more. The next few months passed in blur of feeding, night-waking and nappy changes, yet somehow I managed to write an essay as part of my application, attend the interviews and obtain a conditional offer! I was over the moon! The offer conditions stipulated I needed Distinctions though and I knew I wasn't quite ready to achieve this after the birth of Harry, so I put off further studying until Christmas, when I hoped I would have recovered a little more!

I enjoyed the Biology Modules and passed with the needed distinctions. However, juggling baby and studying with little childcare was difficult, and I began to worry about the approaching June Moderation deadline. Sleep deprivation from my new arrival resulted in baby blues, and I struggled with a very difficult chemistry module. My tutor was very encouraging and understanding, she helped me when I needed it and kept in touch just enough to motivate me, without overwhelming (or nagging!) me. I was thrilled when I finally completed Chemistry and received Distinctions, but that left me with just 1 month to complete 3 physics assignments and 1 biology practical. The month whizzed by. I transferred to two new tutors for each subject, both of whom were fabulous, offering constant support throughout and really targeted feedback that helped me improve. It was a real struggle, but I was able to do all of the assignments in time for June moderation, and, most importantly, I achieved Distinctions throughout!

I was so pleased when the results were updated in UCAS and my conditional place to study a degree in Veterinary Medicine was confirmed! I start in two weeks now and I cannot wait. My husband is so proud of me, as are my parents (they came round to my way of thinking!) and Harry will be too I'm sure! Most importantly I am so pleased I am now able to finally pursue my childhood dream of becoming a vet! Thank you DistanceLearningCentre.com! (Jun 2018)

My phone calls were regular, these were arranged around me since I was working full time - Cheryl Callaghan

Cheryl Callaghan

I decided I wanted to change my career and to go into Physiotherapy but after researching colleges I realised that I had to have an Access Diploma to get a place, this is when the DistanceLearningCentre.com came to light. I found it straight away and applied.

I knew I had to do my Maths again which I found quite difficult, but with the help from my tutor who rang me every week and set me deadlines, I managed to understand and I actually found Maths enjoyable. To get a bit extra support my dad joined in to.

My Biology was my next subject in which once again my tutor was there at a drop of an email and my phone calls were regular, these were arranged around me since I was working full time. My tutors offered me extensions if I needed them as they knew how hard it was to balance work and studies.

Psychology was my last subject and the thought of that, and the amount of detail which is involved was a bit terrifying, but once again with my tutor, she made me feel at ease and gave me support and help when I needed it. This was done by replying to all emails in which I sent and explaining things and also reassuring me about my work. She gave me pointers to achieve the grades I needed.

I decided to change my career to Podiatry, and the tutors were really supportive and explained that this qualification would also get me on to the Podiatry course for which I was very grateful. Without the DistanceLearningCentre.com I wouldn't have been able to achieve my grades and make it to college. (Jun 2018)

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