ADL Courses Have Empowed Students From Around The World Shape Their Careers And Dreams. Here Are A Few Samples Of What They Have Achieved.

"ADL changed my life and I cannot recommend them enough!"
- Luis Pistelli

"ADL were amazing! Their tutor support was first class.
- Ioana Kovak

"Choosing ADL for my studies was simply the best decision i've ever made!
- Adam Craig


Certificate in Climate Science I - UK

Beth has now completed her Certificate in Climate Science I, and is looking forward to enrolling on Climate Science II later in the year.

Beth has a garden that is a registered Wild Space with Butterfly Conservation and she records butterflies and moths for them. This summer Beth will also be trapping and recording parasitoid wasps (they are attracted to the same trap as moths) as part of a study.

Beth also enjoys participating in citizen science projects relating to pollinators for the Buzz Club, based at the University of Sussex.

These activities, along with her weather monitoring, provide useful data about climate change and how it is affecting wildlife, something very close to her heart. These activities compliment her recent studies with ADL.

“Thank you again for your help and support and thank you to Manny too. I look forward to working with him again later in the year – Beth”.

Emma loves the water - There's Nothing Like it!

Aqua Fitness Certificate - UK

Emma loved the water so much that she undertook aqua training many years ago.

After 10 years she wanted to keep her skills up to date and improve her knowledge and confidence. So she decided to enrol on ADL’s Aqua Fitness Certificate course.

“This course has been great, definitely been an experience. I feel I have learned new skills and knowledge. Definitely helped my confidence”.

Emma today still continues to help people appreciate the benefits of aqua fitness.

Annabella Does It Again!

Annabella - UK

Congratulations to Annabella Baker on publishing her first book! This is a great achievement.

Being a former air hostess, Annabella always had a longing to work with dairy cattle, so she took the plunge and enrolled on ADL’s Certificate in Dairy Cattle last year. After completing her certificate, Annabella found her dream job working on a farm, with a view to working in the farming industry and lay the foundation for writing her first book.

Annabella has always dreamed of writing a book about the farming community. Her new book is titled  “Dinner at the Peninsula “ and approaches the very important matter of mental health in farming.

Annabella will give for every copy sold 50% to

The Yellow Wellies Foundation is there to help people to reflect on the challenges facing those working in the farming industry and mental health stigma.

Her children’s book, “Daisy and Tulip’s Book of Memories” too is about farming and her hope is to show children that milk comes from cows and not from supermarket shelves, and the story shows that even girls can work on a farm.

It’s a moving and funny story. Schools will be interested. Farm shops are happy to sell it too.

Her books can be purchased on Amazon and Waterstones.


Annabella - UK

Successful Career Change - Never Give Up!

Annabella has good reason to celebrate! 

After having worked for an airline company for 17 years, Annabella experienced redundancy.  It was devastating to lose her dream job. However, today, she has made a career altitude change after completing her Dairy Cattle course with ADL.

Below are some of Annabella’s suggestions on how she tackled moving from the airline industry to working on a farm.  Quite a career change for her!

1. Be Proactive

It’s a good idea not to delay the hunt for a new vocation for too long. If you spend too long without acting, you may lose drive and motivation in your search. That being said, it’s a good idea to spend some time researching and trying out new things before setting yourself on a new path. Consider finding some people who do the sort of work that you’re interested in and ask about their jobs. You might even be able to find some places which will let you try out the job to see if it’s for you. This incidentally is how Annabella came to find her new career, a simple trial as a farmhand, which has taken her a lot further!

2. Follow Your Interests

We’ve all heard the saying, “follow your dreams!” Well, we can’t all be famous rockstars or artists, but we can follow what interests us. Think about the things that you’d like to do more of or would like to find out more about; there’s probably a career that shares a lot of those same characteristics out there. Incidentally, if you are a budding rockstar or artist, you can always pursue these things as a hobby and have a career on the side.

3. It’s Never too Late To  Learn Something New

Many of us think that education ends after we leave school or that “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” But this isn’t true; people (and dogs) can always learn new skills at any stage of life! For example, Annabella had zero knowledge of cows before she started, and despite her long career beforehand in the airline industry, has now become an absolute expert on the subject! She says that she wishes “people knew the beauty of study; if you’re old, it’s good to learn something new.”

Here at ADL we are committed to courses that will take you to new careers. From farming to counselling and everything in-between, you can even make your own course for a tailored learning experience. We provide free and unlimited tutor support with every course to help you get the most out of the experience. In addition, all of our courses can be completed online at a pace that suits you!


Water and Soil Management

Armin P - Germany


Armin is a classic example of someone who enjoys learning. Studying most of his adult life is his passion.

In the past, Armin has been a Bibletranslater for the Sinte gypsies. When he retired in 2013, he was searching for something else (no theology but something more concerned with the ‘real world’) to study just as a hobby. I found something like ADL in Australia, but I found that ADL in the UK would somehow fit more to me. (There seem to be only some minor differences between these two institutions).

Armin believes that ADL courses are really recommendable for everybody who has retired and still wants to learn something more about the world, science, general subjects.

“I found ADL’s courses great because there is something ‘practical’ in it TO DO. It is not only theory. And such practical matters help to repeat several things learned within the course and will better be fixed in the mind than simple theory.”

Armin has been recently admitted to the University of Portsmouth for an MSc in Criminal Science. The flexibility of ADL’s learning approach has allowed him to take some time off from his current study with us, in order to undertake his degree programme with the University of Portsmouth.

Lifelong learning never stops as the benefits far out weight the effort required!

Wildlife Management

David Youldon - South Africa

David is a world renowned Wildlife Conservationist. When he completed his Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Management with ADL, David stated “You should also know, that thanks in part to the courses I have studied with you, the University of Edinburgh has accepted me to do a Masters in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health through distance learning. 

Also, the University of Oxford, have accepted me for a short course in Data Analysis in Ecology.   So thanks for the service you provide”.  

David continues to be a force in the world of Wildlife Conservation.

Environmental and Conservation Management

Adam Craig - UK

Adam loves all things to do with conservation and improving the environment. He realised early on there would be strong competition for employment  in the environmental and conservation sector. 

To stand out from other job applicants he would need an additional qualification to his Bachelors Degree in Geography, as awarded by Christ Church University, Canterbury, England.  Adam chose  ADL’s Higher Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management This qualification was ideal for him as it would help complement his degree and provide the additional skills and knowledge he was looking for. 

“There were two factors, apart from the course content, that made ADL’s courses so outstanding and different. Firstly, the level of support I received from my tutors and the admin team really kept me motivated. Secondly, the practical tasks that I got to do at the end of each lesson really stretched my knowledge and skills of the subject matter. Blending theory with practical exercises made the ADL courses so exceptional”.

Distinction Runs in the Family Mother and Daughter Success

Michaela - ICB Bookkeeping - UK

Congratulations are in order for mother and daughter, Mihaela and Ioana, who have each gained the grade of Distinction in their respective ADL- Academy for Distance Learning  courses. Mihaela, qualified as a Professional Bookkeeper and Payroll Manager by gaining Distinction in the  ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) examinations.   

As a result of her dedication, hard work and outstanding grades, she was able to gain employment as an Accounts Administrator, with one of the UK’s  top financial and accounting practices based in Canterbury, England.   Michaela said ”what I loved about my ADL course was the level of support I received from my tutor and the ADL admin team. It made studying this course by distance learning and online so enjoyable”.

Distinction Runs in the Family Mother and Daughter Success

Iona - Academic Writing - UK

My daughter, Ioana, saw how much I enjoyed studying by distance learning that she wanted to study a course too.  She was preparing for her A-levels and chose  ADL’s Academic Writing.  

We had a chat about how this course could benefit her considering her career goal was to attend university and begin a degree in Pharmacology. Ioana decided Academic Writing would be very beneficial to her university application. She enrolled and now has completed the course, achieving the grade of Distinction. 

Ioana is looking forward to enrolling on another short course with ADL called Critical Thinking and is now studying Pharmacy at the University of Greenwich”.   Congratulations again, from the ADL support team to Mihaela and Ioana for their outstanding achievement.

Inspiration at it's best

Luis - Neuropsychology - Brazil

Luis is such an inspiration to us all.  He is visually impaired but manages to cope with our online distance learning course. He is currently halfway through his Neuropsychology course. To help him cope with the reading Luis uses a programme called “Jaws”, which is a dedicated screen reader.

Luis completes his assignments in a timely manner and completed the two ADL optional free courses in Academic Writing and Critical Thinking.  Luis is a great role model because he does not let his disability prevent him from furthering his education.

Luis owes his love of study to his fathers influence. Since his childhood, Luis’s father has always played a pivotal role in helping him understand the need to continually further his education and to accept challenges. 

Extract from an Interview in the Brazilian Newspaper “O Municipio” 22nd July, 2017, Sao Joao da Boa Vista

The local physiotherapist Luis Carlos Pistelli has just graduated in Neuropsychology from the ADL-Academy for Distance Learning, based in London, England. (This is a writer’s mistake; ADL is based on Canterbury). Blind from birth, Pistelli attended the distance course for 1 year, via internet, studying handouts in English, including correspondence with his monitor and performing the tests in that language. He is the first Brazilian student – and the only one so far – to be part of the student body of the school. APPROVED!

“As its name says, Neuropsychology is the junction of these two areas, as an interdisciplinary matter, which seeks to realize associations between a person’s psychological problems and neurological, bioneurological and fisioneurological issues, proposingsolutions,” Pistelli reports. At first, his choice was UniCamp, (Campinas State University), but that university was not able to form a study group in this area wanted by Pistelli. Searching for alternatives on the internet was the solution: “I found the ADL, I talked to them and there were no impediments, since I have on the computer a program that ‘speaks’ the words on the screen.”

There were 10 modules, each with a topic on Neuropsychology, studied separately and then bringing together both disciplines. The point is that the questions sent by the ADL require well-grounded answers in English, which results in several pages of theory that the student must know to answer correctly. “My average grade n each module test was always 9.7,” he says proudly. Pistelli maintains with him all the tests he has done that have been evaluated by his English tutor, Professor Iona Lister, a psychologist and specialist in Neuropsychology and Psychiatry in that country, with published books.

In addition to bearing the costs of the course, a difficulty that the native found throughout the year was to find support literature. “I had to buy several books, many in English, to have where to study and to continue; I also found many videos with content that helped me a lot, “he explains.

Although picky with her students, tutor Iona Lister has always ranked Pistelli’s results “far above” the average student attendance. She even told me that there were sections of modules that I introduced that she had never seen in 16 years of professional activity.”

The final exam was held on July 2 last, with the presence of a adjudicator (a “judge”) that proves the suitability of the test. Here in São João, for student Luís Carlos Pistelli, the adjudicator was Priest José Benedito David: the ADL sent the proof to the priest, who presented it to the student. Pistelli had only 1h30 to respond to the test. Your note was also 9.7 – okay! Priest José Benedito was chosen for this function because he is Secretary General of PUC of Campinas and after being appointed by Pistelli himself. Having verified his qualifications by the Academy, he was approved as adjudicator in the case of the Brazilian student.

FUTURE: The decision to participate in this course came at a time when Luis Carlos was still working in the municipal school network with children with mental disabilities. “My interest is to find out why there are these forms of deficiencies – physical, mental, sensory, multiple – and there must be explanations for it, “he says.

Result: retired as Physiotherapist, as a consequence of the completion of the course of Neuropsychology, Pistelli has received a proposal of work as a professor at a university that he still keeps in secrecy. Very willing to accept the invitation, since it maintains in its curriculum 120 hours of course in General Psychology and Psychology of the Disabled, coming from its course of Physiotherapy; Plus 60 hours of a Psychology course done in ‘Portal Educação’, with 60 hours.

ADL was founded seven years ago by Daryl Tempest-Mogg. Accompanied by a consortium of teachers, he saw an opportunity to provide quality distance learning courses “provided the tutors are highly qualified”, says Daryl, as is the case of Iona Lister, tutor of Luís Carlos Pistelli.

The Academy for Distance Learning (ADL) maintains an educational philosophy focused more specifically on learning and less on assessment. The main goal, according to his rectory, is to provide a solid foundation in the studies, “giving the student the opportunity to find a way to continue learning and adapt to the constant changes.”Their courses are designed to be experience-based learning: “In this way, we are better able to adjust to the changing potential of each student,” they say.

ADL offers more than 500 courses, in the form of distance learning, online, so that the student can study in the comfort of your home. Each course is supported by a tutor to guide you in your educational needs. In addition to Neuropsychology (medical area), the interested person will find courses about Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary, Landscape, Economy, Administration, etc…

Bereavement Counselling

Eileen - UK

Bereavement Counselling is such a challenging and demanding profession. Eileen found the course  was “extremely valuable and I have been able to commence Bereavement Counselling already. I am able to put into practice, the valuable lessons I have learned during the course. 

The course and structure was excellent and better than I expected. It was very well presented and easy to follow. I received excellent feedback from my tutor Iona Lister, who returned marked assignments very promptly. This was a very important to me. 

I have absolutely nothing but praise for the professional and friendly manner of the administration staff, who were always very helpful when I needed guidance. The course was very comprehensive. I was very impressed with the course, the website and admin and  would dearly love to study with you at some point in the future, when funds allow.” 

Interior Plants

Meg - Florida, USA

Meg wanted to work with interior plants and has achieved her goal. “Upon completing the interior Plants Course I was offered my dream job.  

Taking this class was one of the best decisions I’ve made, the information I received was invaluable.  Thank you ADL”.

Hotel Management Tourism and Hospitality

Daniel - Romania

Daniel found his course, Hotel Management, was “comprehensive and well edited. For sure it can give a new worker in the hospitality industry the basic theoretical and practical knowledge required”.  

Daniel now has employment in his chosen profession – Hotel Management – due n part to his ADL qualification and his skills.

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