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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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My tutors were with me every step of the way - John Murdoch

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Having spent 6 years in the British Army and also having decided to pursue a career change, I started my Access to Medicine Diploma in March 2021. This was following a recommendation from a colleague who had completed a similar course.

The course is excellently written with information perfectly explained for those who have been out of education for long periods of time. The workload is also extremely manageable; I completed mine in less than 12 months whilst working full time, moving house and still undergoing several overseas military deployments in support of the COVID pandemic.

Through the help and constant academic support from the DistanceLearningCentre.com, I received offers from all 5 of my chosen universities! I have decided to study for an intercalated undergraduate Masters degree (MSci) in Biochemistry and French at the University of Birmingham; I start in September 2021.

I could not have done this without the DistanceLearningCentre.com and their excellent UCAS support - my tutors were with me every step of the way!

I cannot recommend the DistanceLearningCentre.com enough. (July 2021)

DistanceLearningCentre.com stood out for me because of its flexibility and affordability - Fanny Chikumbanje

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I initially enrolled for a full-time course at a college in 2019, from which I dropped out because I did not meet the requirements to obtain a student loan.

DistanceLearningCentre.com was the only option that was available for me to pursue the Access to higher Education course. As a self-funded student with a job and family I had to adapt to my new routine. In a normal environment, I was ready, well I felt like I was. But in 2020 things changed, albeit for everyone. Working for the NHS my work changed things significantly during the lockdown, this, plus home schooling kids, I had to adapt even more.

Being at the heart of a changing NHS in the time of the pandemic was an honour, and I would not have chosen anything different. My priorities were my work and helping my children to navigate the challenges of a school year that was not normal. Against this background, I enrolled for the distance learning program.

DistanceLearningCentre.com stood out for me because of its flexibility and affordability. I found the materials well detailed and easy to understand. Enrolling to study remotely for a science course, was overwhelmingly nerve-wracking but my tutors were very kind, supportive and helpful. They were always there when I needed guidance and would respond to emails in a timely manner. Their support allowed me to excel and achieve high grades. I have now secured a place at a university. (July 2021) Award of Achievement Nominee

I just wish I could continue studying with them - Daniel Baggs

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When I was doing my A Levels, I had no idea what I actually wanted to do at university. This means when I did go to university, I was not interested in the course I chose and ultimately dropped out after the first year.

Since, I've been trying to discover what I actually want to do in life. I have never really considered the sciences before, because I never developed a passion for them at school. Many of my friends work in scientific fields, and they inspire me every day about the work they do, and I started to wonder whether this would be the right fit for me.

A-Levels were impractical, and I didn't even know Access Courses existed until I found DistanceLearningCentre.com. My main mission was to discover when I finish the course whether:

Fortunately, the answer to all those questions was a massive 'YES!'. DistanceLearningCentre.com helped me discover my passion for the sciences for which I previously never considered and always thought they were inaccessible to me. The nature of the course meant that you had the opportunity to translate your efforts into higher grades. I loved the format - you were given the starting points through the materials, and then it was up to you to research further to build comprehensive answers to the assessment criteria.

There were times where I'd find myself going “I'll never be able to do this”, but support from the tutors was fantastic, and being able to overcome the initial self-doubt through support and extensive research became a euphoric feeling, and validated the reasons why I wanted to go into the sciences at university.

I have achieved 45 distinctions and this means I have a wide range of options when it comes to studying at university. DistanceLearningCentre.com has crucially taught me the study skills required for university which is by far the most important thing. I'm sure I'll find myself in situations at university where I'm stuck, or not completely “getting” the content, but I've shown I can overcome this through the Access course. DistanceLearningCentre.com has ultimately helped me unlock what I want to do in life, and I'm so grateful for the support they have given me.

I just wish I could continue studying with them! (July 2021)

PS: Your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a simple but amazing tool. Use it!

It was DistanceLearningCentre.com that provided me with the necessary tools and support to not just succeed, but to soar - Richard Diedo

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As a mature student, the decision to undertake an Access to Higher Education Diploma as a stepping stone to an undergraduate degree in Social Work was a commitment not lightly made. I researched several online training providers before selecting DistanceLearningCentre.com, an organisation which has enabled my transformation and the achievement of my personal goals.

Throughout, the support of tutors, my wife, and the wider DistanceLearningCentre.com community were fundamental in enabling me to overcome adversity. The peer support of fellow students proved a wonderful resource. People of all ages and backgrounds united in their desire to study and self-develop, quick to offer support, help and encouragement. Many times, I was truly humbled by the stories of others and inspired by the personal journeys of my peers. With passing time and growing confidence, I was able to 'pay it back' and became active in helping and encouraging others through the Facebook support group.

With the excellent learning materials, the well-structured program, the prompt marking and honest feedback of my tutors who challenged me to not just pass, but to excel, I was delighted to complete my access course in a little over 5 months, achieve distinctions in all my graded units, and secure a confirmed place at my chosen University for this academic year.

I embark on the next step of my journey with renewed self-confidence, a re-awakening of my love of learning, and the firm belief that at any age I can achieve my goals, an attitude that I hope to share with others through my future social work. It took a personal leap of faith to surrender a secure job and embark on this transformational journey. It was DistanceLearningCentre.com that provided me with the necessary tools and support to not just succeed, but to soar. (July 2021)

DistanceLearningCentre.com are there to educate, motivate and commend you throughout your journey - Natalie Denham

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As a mature student with PTSD, the main symptoms being anxiety and panic disorder, teamed with juggling family obligations, I had many factors against me throughout my studies. Naturally, I had a few reservations about whether or not it would be possible to complete the course; let alone apply to university. My ultimate goal was to start a career in Biomedical Science, with a view to eventually complete a Masters and PhD in Immunology - an area of keen interest.

It wasn't long into my search for providers that I found DistanceLearningCentre.com who put me at ease by informing me that, in addition to the course, they also assist students with their university applications through UCAS. I liaised with prospective universities about my options with DistanceLearningCentre.com, and after some very careful consideration, I gleefully embarked on my chosen Access to HE Science course.

DistanceLearningCentre.com were more than accommodating from the outset and throughout, with regular check-ins from the student support team regarding my mental health and wellbeing, moreover they hand-picked each of my tutors based on my needs and individual learning style; I felt supported, valued and empowered.

The main takeaway from my time with DistanceLearningCentre.com would be that you are capable of more than you think. As someone who was an average student throughout school and a self-confessed procrastinator, I managed to astound myself by achieving numerous Distinctions; even during times of adversity. I'm delighted to announce that I am set to start my Biomedical Science degree later this year, and it wouldn't have been possible without the contributions from DistanceLearningCentre.com.

The key thing is to avoid competing with, or comparing yourself to, anyone else and their personal timeline. I was reminded by one of my tutors that I am the only person with my unique life experience, my individual perspective on my chosen subject, and my particular skill set, and that is invaluable to future employers. When you decide that you are ready to take that all-important next step in your career, DistanceLearningCentre.com are there to educate, motivate and commend you throughout your journey. (July 2021)