(Original post by JMorty97)
Are there many lectures on the course, or is the majority of the teaching through practicals and small group sessions?
Yes there are many lectures, quite a lot in fact, the majority of teaching is done via lectures however there are a lot of practicals to complement the lectures and to help build clinical skills.
(Original post by BoboG)
Just wondering why the student satisfaction is low for healthcare science at Southampton compared to other universities as this shows on unistats and other websites as it is the lowest out of alot of uni's. Could you shed any light on this
Unistats has no information on the course as far as I'm aware. This course at Southampton is extremely new (I'm in the 4th cohort in the course's history, so there's bound to be teething problems which will flatten out over time i.e. we're the biggest group they've had (30 of us) and the university has underestimated this and has caused some problems. Some people don't like having the course taught solely in the hospital/having to travel to the hospital and would rather have it on campus, we've had problems with our A&P lecturer over the fact that he is a neurophysiologist with no clinical experience (counter-productive for us) - this has improved significantly of the past couple of weeks so isn't much of an issue. Placements cause a lot of problems - we don't know where we're going for our January placements yet and were only told today about the location of our taster day. Being kept in the dark is annoying as it's getting close to placements and we can be sent literally anywhere.
(Original post by JusstJen)
Hi, have you had any assignments or exams so far? If so what were they based on?
- Also when you were at the interview stage, what type of questions were you asked and were you required to take an English and maths test?
- What other unis did you apply to and do you remember what their offers were?
- From what you've learned so far, do you think the job would entail as much patient contact as they say it does?
- Also, when are the holiday breaks and how long are they?
Assignments - Transitional Module: Formative essay on 'Reflective Practice', Professional Practice: Health Educational Package (my group is doing alcohol misuse in students, presenting on the 6th Jan) - both are pretty much pointless in my eyes, they're not really needed as Physiologists.
Interviews: No English/Maths tests for any of the uni's I applied to. Southampton interview was an observed group discussion on 'the moral and practical issues of weight loss surgery'. Other interviews were 1 to 1, and was asked about what makes a good team, strengths and weaknesses, patient communication, how to deal with patients, knowledge of the professional, qualities that make you suitable for the course/professional, general questions about work placements (if you do them - advisable).
Uni's: Leeds (AAB), Manchester Met (BBB), Middlesex (BBB), Southampton (ABB), Swansea (BBB).
Course: there is a lot of patient contact (currently hired models or ourselves - so that we make mistakes in the classroom and not whilst with a real patient) to familiarise yourself with the professional and what your role is. However contact is brief, pretty much perform the test and go (e.g. ECG's should take on average 5 mins), and yes in a clinical environment there will be a lot of patient contact due to the short amount of time conducting/interpreting the tests. As far as what I've learned (can go on all day about this - so this is a summary); a greater insight into A&P (systems, pathology, morphology, etc. The mechanics of the heart/lungs/sleep, the skills needed to deal with patients in the NHS (otherwise know as 'Mandatory Skills'), how to conduct diagnostic tests and why we use them.
Holidays (for first year): 3 weeks at Christmas (12 Dec-5th Jan), 4 weeks at Easter (17th March-14th April), 7 weeks in the Summer (30th June-18th August).
Apologies for the long answer, I've tried to condense it down as much as possible.