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What our students say 2017-2018 page 8

"I could feel my confidence increasing with every assessment."

I'm now reaping the rewards having a secured a place at University - Louise Elliott

Louise Elliott

I'm a 41 year old mum to 12 and 11 year old boys, originally from Hull in East Yorkshire. I relocated to Caerphilly in South Wales 16 years ago with my husband's job.

Four years ago I started working throughout numerous local primary schools administering road safety training which I have found thoroughly rewarding. I just love being amongst children in a school environment and being a Kerbcraft Trainer is what has inspired me to want to become a Primary School Teacher.

Two years ago I decided to bite the bullet and put the wheels into motion in order to achieve my dream. It was a daunting prospect having been out of education for so long but it was an itch I definitely wanted to scratch and I'm so glad that I took the plunge.

In June 2017 I re-sat my Maths GCSE exam to bump up my grade from a C to a B following which I then embarked on an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Primary Education and English with the fabulous DistanceLearningCentre.com. In May I completed my course with 36 Distinctions and 9 Merits which I was absolutely over the moon with. It has been a challenging time juggling work, studies and family life but the support I've received from both my family and my wonderful tutor, has been worth it's weight in gold. I'm now reaping the rewards having a secured a place at the University of South Wales studying a BA Hons Degree in Primary Studies with QTS starting next month!

As Kylie Minogue would say, "It's never too late, you've still got time!" (Jun 2018)

I chose to study with DistanceLearningCentre.com because it allowed me to work while I was studying - Sophie Chandler

Sophie Chandler

I began working at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital as an apprentice Healthcare Assistant in January 2015. By the end of my year apprenticeship I wanted to study adult nursing at University. However, I left school after finishing my GCSE's and went to college to study Child Care so I did not meet the academic entry requirements for the course. I applied for an Adult Nursing Degree at the University of the West of England to be considered through experience. Unfortunately I didn't have enough experience at the time.

I contacted UWE again to ask what was the best way to gain academic entry requirements for the course and they recommended studying an Access to Higher Education Course at a local college or studying the Access to Nursing and Midwifery course with DistanceLearningCentre.com.

I chose to study with DistanceLearningCentre.com because it allowed me to work while I was studying. I had also been working full time while doing my apprenticeship so I knew how to balance my studies, work and social life. Studying with DistanceLearningCentre.com has also given me vital skills I will need at university.

DistanceLearningCentre.com has helped me reach my goal of being offered a place at the University of Gloucestershire to study Adult Nursing in January 2019. (Jun 2018)

I was working as an administrator for radiographers, now I am on my way to becoming one - Rebecca Mutch

Rebecca Mutch

Before I started at DistanceLearningCentre.com, I was working as an administrator for radiographers, now I am on my way to becoming one! I've studied the Access to HE science Diploma and although it took me a little longer than first planned, I have gained knowledge and received offers at my university choices; all whilst working full time and juggling family life.

I did not want to give up work for a couple of years to go back to college so this course has been perfect for me as I could continue working up until I start university! The tutors were very supportive and approachable, even when I was struggling with the assignment or the timescales. I'm very happy I have studied with DistanceLearningCentre.com and would highly recommend them. (Jun 2018)

Keep giving yourself mini-goals, which will stop you from feeling overwhelmed - Billie Davies

Billie Davies

At 17 years old, I was lacking direction and unsure of what I wanted to do career wise. This meant that I lacked interest in school work, resulting in leaving shortly after my AS level exams. I went straight into a job in London, and have been working in various admin roles ever since.

I've always felt that I wanted to do more but felt it was too late to go back to "school". However, after ten years of jumping from job to job, I was lucky enough to spend a week in a primary school for some work experience. It was during this week that it clicked and I finally realised that I wanted to work with children. I immediately started researching routes into teaching and realised that an Access course was the way forward; shortly afterwards I enrolled onto the Access to Childhood Studies diploma.

The DistanceLearningCentre.com course worked well for me as it allowed me to study in my spare time, doing everything online. The course was certainly one of the most difficult, yet rewarding things I have ever done. Balancing studies, making time to complete assessments and read materials, alongside a full time job is not easy, however, I remember getting excited to see my grades for work I'd handed in; I could feel my confidence increasing with every assessment!

The advice I would give to anyone considering the Access course is to go for it. You will certainly need to be self-motivated and disciplined (qualities I never thought I had), but every hour you put in will be so worth it. Keep giving yourself mini-goals, which will stop you from feeling overwhelmed.

The tutors are so supportive and their feedback is so helpful. I feel so proud of myself, and could never have imagined that 2 months before my 30th birthday, I would be receiving a conditional offer from Anglia Ruskin to study Early Childhood Studies. To think that I could be graduating in 3 years' time is a dream come true. Please don't be put off by how long it will take ? the time will pass anyway. (Jun 2018)

I wanted to try a new challenge, learn something new with no pressure - Diane Maxwell

Diane Maxwell

Having already worked in my current job for 16 years, I wanted to try a new challenge, learn something new with no pressure and do it the comfort of my own home.

With DistanceLearningCentre.com, I was able to do all of that, great tutors, support when I needed it and motivation when I needed it. I have now completed my course Access to HE diploma (Allied Health Professions), which sets me up for a new job with new challenges. Thank you to my tutors, your help and mentoring has been invaluable. (Jun 2018)