Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough colleges are continuing to teach and train through the Coronavirus lockdown across further education, apprenticeships and higher education.
Valuable support from tutors, flexible studying and organising her time properly, have all helped one Lincoln College leaner through her studies during lockdown.
Sara Woolliscroft is one of many enrolled on one of Lincoln College’s popular online courses, and she says she’s found studying from home ‘surprisingly easy’, although does admit Netflix box sets and cups of coffee, also do their bit from time to time.
Sara is studying for a Level 2 qualification in Counselling and says it has helped in her current role in administration and quality as she is a point of contact for learners.
“I work at Bottle Green Training Ltd, a Veterinary Nurse training college, although my main role is Quality & Administration, I have developed a more pastoral role alongside just the paperwork.”
This is the second time Sara has chosen to study through Lincoln College – she’s already achieved a Level 2 in Awareness of Mental Health Problems and this additional course supports her developing role.
“Although all our staff are qualified as veterinary nurses and hold teaching qualifications, no one had a specific qualification in more specific areas of mental health – which is why I decided to enrol on these courses at Lincoln College.”
Sara says she enrolled on the course because she had a natural interest in the subject and can see the course helping her interact with learners more effectively when they needed support. She also wants to study the subject for her own wellbeing.
“I had not taken any qualifications since my NVQ in Admin on the late 1990s. Being the only member of staff on site who wasn't a Registered Vet Nurse, I wanted to validate my role by improving and widening my skills and knowledge – so the course was just what I needed.”
And studying form home has been made easier with the support network around her and help from her family.
“I've found working at home surprisingly easy, but Netflix boxsets and grown up children that keep bringing me coffee is a big help!
“I tend to binge learn, so do most of the course at a weekend or when I know I can do at least three hours at it. I research all the questions in a unit, make notes, internet surf and then use those to answer the questions.
“I have been told I work higher than a Level 2 but that's fine. I prefer to thoroughly understand a subject or I don’t see how I can answer questions to the best of my ability.”
Sara says her tutor, Gemma Bridge, has been providing lots of help and support throughout.
“Gemma has been brilliant, and never ceases to amaze me as to how quick she can turn around marking, as well as providing support when I need it.”
Lincoln College has a range of online courses to help you upskill to progress your career, widen your knowledge to help your family, or to directly contribute to your community during the current crisis. To find out more about these courses, please click here.
Looking ahead, Sara has her eye on more courses she’d like to do now she’s got back into studying.
“There are a couple more courses in the same vein as the two I have done, which would interest me from a work perspective, but now I know I haven’t forgotten how to study I would like to do something for me, classics or criminal psychology.”
Find out more about Lincoln College’s online courses by visiting the website, where you will see a range of subjects and details on how to enrol. Search the courses here.
Lincoln College is recruiting school leavers and adults to technical training courses, A-levels, apprenticeships and degree courses starting in September. To ease anxiety, we’re giving automatic conditional offers on all technical training courses and A-levels. Just Search for your course and apply now.
For degree courses conditional offers still apply as standard and we’ll do phone or video chat interviews if they’re necessary. Just search for your course and apply now.
And for apprenticeships we’re still recruiting to vacancies – check them out here.