(Original post by Sing-Away)
Placements are the best
I've learnt so much that theory can't teach you, such as building relationships with patients and their families in the hardest times and learning different skills which you can put into practice in your every day life!
I think the hardest thing for me was doing all of the units, in my college, you do around 5 units at a time and it can all get a bit much sometimes, but I think that's because I didn't do all of it when I was given it (another words, I left it until last minute but I've learnt that that isn't a good idea! haha
) Also, I've been aiming for distinctions all throughout the course even though I only need 2 distinctions and a merit overall, but I suggest that if you can, you try your hardest to get the highest grades in each unit.
I SUCK at Maths, not going to lie! I failed 2/4 maths tests in my uni interviews and I only just managed to get a C. But the good thing about UWE is that they gave you a basic maths test verbally which was very simple, although I think that there is another maths exam when I start, but I can start revising that throughout the summer. If you go on the university of southampton website, I think that there is a practice paper, that will give you an idea of the questions
if not, just google it and you'll find one
I am very very very excited! But at the moment, I'm very nervous too because I'm coming to the end of my course and it's all becoming real!!
I enjoy college life because I'm treated more as an adult. I like not being forced to do my work or go into college because at the end of the day, I know I'm responsible for my grades and that's exactly what it's going to be like at uni. I think at 6th form, you'll be babied quite a lot as it is compulsory to go in.
At the moment, my timetable is Monday 9-5, Tuesday 11:45-5, Wednesday 11:30-5, Thursday is placement and Friday is a home study day, although I can go in for support if I want it
I think hours vary between colleges so you'd need to ask about that
Finding the placements are mainly my responsibility, we have a work placement officer who sorted out the NHS but otherwise, I had to find my own. It's compulsory to do at least 100 hours per year and in the second year to have at least 3 placements. I was on placement by myself although some other people were in the hospital, but we were all assigned different wards. I was basically only allowed to observe, however I was allowed to complete observations (blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, temperature) with the nurses supervision. I liked being able to observe because I've learnt SO much, I've even needed to deal with deaths of patients which is useful for my career as I know I'll come across it sadly :/
I hope I've helped! anymore questions, please don't worry about asking!