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TO THEIR LIFESTYLES. Why did you want to study Psychology? I have always been fascinated with this subject and this degree would widen my career prospects. Why did you choose ICS? ICS offered me the flexibility to study around other personal and work commitments in my own time. The easy monthly payments options did not put any additional strain on my finances. Additionally the degree offered a good range of modules offering varied and interesting learning. I would happily recommend ICS to others who want to study without having to stop working or make changes to their lifestyles. Do you think you have achieved anything from this qualification? This degree has opened up new career options for me. There is also a huge sense of personal achievement and I feel more confident.

Jessica Thompson BA (Hons) Psychology






Why did you choose to study by distance learning?

I never had the opportunity to study when I was younger and it was something I always wanted to do. With distance learning I found that it was not an impossible dream. I realised I would be able to study without giving up my job and other family commitments. Why did you choose ICS to help you realise your dream?

Having been working for several years, I had a fairly clear idea of what I was looking for. I looked at many alternatives, and decided to go ahead with the UEL BA degree through ICS, it sold itself to me. • It was evident that I was looking at a quality product.

• The modules and subject covered were relevant.

• The interest-free payment options spread over 18 months made it affordable I particularly liked ICS’ ethical policy of not signing up to study without valid study experience or UCAS points. How did you fit your studies around your work? Balancing studying with other commitments was not difficult as I could study in smaller chunks and still join in with things at home. I did most of my studying on trains and in hotel bedrooms! Was it difficult to keep yourself motivated? I enjoy learning from books and study materials, the course materials were excellent as they encouraged me to think about how I could apply the learning in a real life situation. More so having been able to meet other students pursuing the same qualification as me was an added bonus. We kept in regular contact through the online student community and meeting in person to bounce ideas off each other.

How will this degree help your career? The degree has been very beneficial – I am convinced that I got my current job because I finished this degree improving my professional abilities.

Jude Preston BA (Hons) Business Management – Human Resources



A wedding planner has launched a new business to help disabled couples make sure their big day goes without a hitch. Caroline Bathurst, who is confined to a wheelchair herself, believes her own disability gives her a real understanding of the needs of disabled couples looking for help with planning their perfect wedding day.



Caroline decided to set up her business Pure Elegance Weddings after studying for a Wedding Diploma with leading UK distance learning provider ICS. She spent five months learning how to plan a wedding from finding suitable venues to helping a couple pick their perfect wedding cake.

Caroline explained:’ Little things like that, that haven’t been thought out properly, can end up ruining your wedding day. Generally, I don’t like the idea of disabled people being treated differently and all couples getting married want their wedding day to be special. What I will be doing is ensuring that for those couples where disability is an issue, their day is just as special as anyone else’s.’

Caroline was born with club feet and bent knees because of Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder. She walked with the aid of callipers before being diagnosed with Scoliosis or curvature of the spine ten years ago, which confined her to a wheelchair. Initially she was worried about the reaction she would get from potential clients when she first met them.

The ICS Wedding Planner Diploma that Caroline completed is one of the qualifications recognised by the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners or UKAWP, a trade organisation for the industry. Caroline’s tutor for her course was UKAWP Membership Director Sandy Moretta. She has welcomed Caroline’s decision to target the disabled community.

Caroline said: ’While I was studying with ICS my disability wasn’t an issue but as soon as I thought about doing wedding planning for real I wasn’t sure how comfortable people would feel if I turned up in a wheelchair. My tutor and family encouraged me to use my own situation to tailor my business to the specific problems that disabled people can face when they’re getting married. ‘

Sandy said:’ Caroline is one of the very few wedding planners who can really claim to understand the specific requirements of disabled couples who are getting married. She showed huge enthusiasm and knowledge during her course and I hope many disabled couples benefit from her help in the years to come.’

In fact, Caroline encountered problems of her own when she married her husband Jeff in 2005. The complimentary bridal room that the venue provided had a large step down to it which was very difficult to negotiate and the bathroom was only just big enough to fit her wheelchair in.

Caroline Bathurst Wedding Planner

Caroline managed to fit her studies with ICS around taking her five year old daughter to and from school. Her husband Jeff is also studying with ICS, learning to do 3D animation. Sally Pulvertaft, managing director of ICS, said:’ Caroline is proof that flexible learning really can transform your life. By studying with ICS, Caroline has been able to realise her dream of starting up her own business. We hope she helps many couples to enjoy the wedding day of their dreams in the future.’


RECOMMEND LIFESTYLES. ICS TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE CHANGES STUDY WITHOUT Jessica Thompson BA (Hons) Psychology Do you think you have achie...