Teaching health and social care during the pandemic
20 July 2020
Karen Llewellyn is a childcare and health and social care lecturer for Gower College Swansea as well as a WeCare Ambassador.
We asked Karen how she’s found teaching during these unprecedented times and how her students are adapting as they come to the end of their course and apply for university places…
How has your role changed since the coronavirus pandemic?
It’s been a challenging time for us all. Part of my role as a lecturer has been continuing to support students to gain their full qualifications. It’s been important to create and maintain a positive and supportive network for our students to enable them to reach their goals during these uncertain times.
How have you continued lessons outside the college?
We’ve maintained engagement throughout, taking part in virtual lessons from home. I’ve held regular one-to-one sessions as well as provided comprehensive guidance notes for individuals to complete assignments in their own time.
What has been the most challenging aspects of teaching from home?
I think the most challenging aspects of teaching students during the pandemic has been supporting those who need face-to-face teaching. I also like to set practical activities as they enable me to see the students understanding of their work. It has been difficult at times and meant that I’ve had to improvise.
What are your students that have come to the end of their course hoping to do now?
There are currently 46 students in the second year of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care course. I’ve been reassuring the students that they can pass this course and not to worry about the current situation.
A large percentage of students have applied for and been accepted by various universities around the country, opting for courses such as adults and paediatric nursing, midwifery and mental health. Some students have also sought full-time work within the health and social care sector. I really feel that these students are testament to what can be achieved.
How have you been preparing for the new academic year in September?
Like many organisations, there is no real confirmation of what learning will look like in September. However, all students are continually reassured that within the team at Gower College Swansea they will remain supported in every way possible.
Here you can view a short video showcasing Karen’s role: