Positives: The positive aspects of studying pharmacy are that you are taught a tremendous amount of information and in the end are quite knowledgable on conditions and medications. Therefore are able to answer many health related questions people may have and recommend remedies for patients.
Negatives: The course in itself is very difficult. There is a lot to remember and learn. The content load is quite heavy and the assignments are mostly hurdle, meaning that even though you may have passed the unit already i.e have 50% of the whole unit, when going into the final exam you need to pass that exam in order to pass the whole unit.
My advice to future students is: Weigh up your options and only study pharmacy if you genuinely want to become a pharmacist. The field is highly saturated and it is very difficult to find a job. Ensure you dedicate time and effort in the course.
Positives: Learning how medications work, where do they work. Disease states and how they affect our daily life
Negatives: Its hard. Requires so much time
My advice to future students is: Study what you like, if you ever chose to study medicine or pharmacy or anything like that you need to have strong eager and you need to see the potential in yourself
Positives: The tutors put in a great amount of effort in improving the knowledge and skill level of students
My advice to future students is: Study hard and attend classes
Positives: One on one learning
In depth tutorial learning
Hands on experiences
Real world quality experiences
Negatives: Some tutors and lecturers tend to change subjects as they go.
My advice to future students is: Don't be afraid of your course. Don't let the stresses take over you.
If it's too much, take a break from it and start again.
If you really feel you can't do it - then try something else.
Do not be afraid to try different things!
Positives: The course gives students great opportunity for hands on experience both on and off campus. Subjects are great and give you a variety of learning opportunities.
Negatives: There is not enough preparation in the final year for finding a job. During final year they make it seem like everyone will get a job in the hospital but the reality is that isn’t going to happen.
My advice to future students is: It’s a great course and it’s a course that has been running longer than other universities. Study hard and make sure you follow the referencing protocol. But most of all enjoy yourself.
Positives: - some online and some offline
- achieved the job at the end of what I wanted to do
Negatives: - lots of people in the same course
- didn’t like group assignments
- some of the course wasn’t offered at kelvin grove so had to travel to the garden city campus even though the course was based at kelvin grove
My advice to future students is: Purchase all the textbooks suggested
Get help with referencing
Positives: The course was fairly relaxed - the content in first year was very basic and allowed students to refresh their knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and build on this.
The placements we're structured in a way that introduced different skills slowly and allowed students to practice in a monitored lab setting before going out on to a placement (2-3 weeks) and practice in a real world setting.
Course content was fairly basic and didn't require an absolutely hectic study load, which was great as a first year student adjusting to a new uni lifestyle and living out of home, it also allowed me enough time in the week to get a part time job to support myself.
Negatives: The course had several changes throughout my time as a student, and instead of introducing the new requirements at the start of the next enrollment round, they introduced them mid-course. This resulted in 2 courses that I had done in first and second year uni changing from 12 to 24 credit points, meaning that I had to make up 24 more points. Because I already had a full time workload, this added on a semester of part time study, and delayed my graduation by 6 months.
The placements we're structured well in relation to the theory content, however placement rotations were months apart, which meant that the first week or so was often slow and students like myself used that valuable time reminding ourselves pf very basic skills instead of being able to begin with more complex issues. If the placements were organised closer together, we may not have needed as much time to re-learn skills and might have had more opportunities.
My advice to future students is: Check out the course before applying, look at the APHRA (governing board of nursing) website and see if there are any scheduled changes before signing up. Compare uni courses and see what placement rotations are like before commencing, and I'd definitely recommend having a flexible job or a job in healthcare (AIN, medical receptionist etc) while studying, as this helps keep your knowledge fresh.
The course was interesting and integraded a fair bit of high school knowledge in the first year - think biology revision (yuck).
The first 2 semesters were manageable and didn't have a hectic workload themselves, but in the rest of the course the content was fast and the exams were hard. Overall I learned a lot throughout, but definitely found assessments stressful. The uni tended to give us 3 assessments per course, for example 1 worth 10% (usually easy marks), one worth 40% (passable) and then a final bog exam or assignment worth 50% which was stressful. I prefer this to lots of little assessments though.
Doable, but don't expect a bangin' social life during uni!
Positives: It’s got a solid backing of theory before students are thrown into practical experience. It has accurate labs and technology aimed to emulate real world hospital settings. The assessment and subjects are clear and consistent and it’s easy to see how they will aid in the profession in the future
Negatives: The nature of the dual degree means students in this course are often forgotten or brushed past. Nursing staff fail to email us critical information about our practical subjects and psychology staff are not accommodating to the practical aspects of the nursing unit (e.g. providing resources to aid in classes missed while on clinical placement). The workload is often overwhelming with course structure forcing students to do 5 subjects a semester for a full year.
My advice to future students is: Organisation is key. You won’t get trough the dual degree plus placement without proper organisation of assessments and classes
Positives: There are self-directed learning sessions to facilitate independent learning in regards to clinical skills that are very beneficial. The course coordinators are also more willing to help you with your learning than other universities.
Negatives: The team that organise placement allocations are not reliable.
My advice to future students is: Study as you go. Don't leave everything to the last minute. Also to make sure you hand in all your documentations for placement on time so then you have more chance of getting what preference you want
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