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    (Original post by usernamenottaken)
    What questions did you get asked for hospital pre-reg?
    It varies from very general questions like why this hospital? to clinical checking prescriptions? to resolving scenario based situations? etc. You can find lots of examples online and also the more you practice interviews the better you get. By now I have been to so many countless interviews as a student, pre-reg etc for part time jobs, pre-reg places, pharmacist positions etc that I will probably have a very long list if I wrote them down haha. But most places when you do get rejected they can provide you with valuable feedbacks which can help you prepare better in the future.
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    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    Would you still recommend Pharmacy to current A-level students?

    What did you study during your degree? Did you learn organic mechanisms?
    It depends, how much motivation and interest you have in studying the degree and then going into working as a pharmacist. It is getting very competitive and certain jobs can be very hard to attain but that can be said for most careers nowadays. It would be great if you can get some work experience in a pharmacy, read up online, watch videos of pharmacy practice in the uk including in community, hospital, primary care, industry etc to help you decide but the role is ever changing and a lot has already changed since when I started my degree to now me practicing as a pharmacist. Speak to other pharmacists, pharmacy students etc and get there opinion.

    Degree content is too long to mention it all here and you can probably find the latest module structures over the years at the relevant unis website you are interested. Also a lot has changed since I started my degree. I actually had to cover quite a bit of organic chemistry, laboratory work as you mentioned. However, the year group who started after me had a completely different content, style of learning and had very little chemistry to do throughout their whole degree!
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    (Original post by greenlantern)
    Nearly everyone can get a pre-reg place if they have a good application/interview/willing to move around the uk. Hospital places are harder to get and industry even harder. Durham still haven't had their 1st batch of students graduate and go on to pre-reg so it's a bit difficult to say but the course is apparently good and like most unis they probably would provide support/help to applicants when applying for summer placements/ part time job whilst being a student and then when applying for pre-reg. As a student make sure you try to get as much work, voluntary experience etc as you can specially during the summer holidays as that will help you with applications and stand out more when you apply for pre-reg later on.
    why is it so hard to get into hospital or industry? and are u planning to get into hospital? What could i do to get into hospital? do u have any tips for the MPharm course itself like revision/placements
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    Does year 1 of a pharmacy degree count towards your final degree classification?What is the percent of each year of the pharmacy degree?
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    (Original post by blessed107)
    why is it so hard to get into hospital or industry? and are u planning to get into hospital? What could i do to get into hospital? do u have any tips for the MPharm course itself like revision/placements
    Mainly there are just less pre-reg places available for hospital/industry, because less pharmacists are needed in these areas when compared to community pharmacists who are needed to run all the many thousands of pharmacises around the uk and I think nearly around 70% of graduates a few years ago went on to work in community.

    I have been working as a qualified pharmacist in the hospital for nearly a month now. I think the best advice I can give is to try and get a good amount of hospital experience as a student, keep your options as open as you can when you apply for hospital places later on for placements and pre-reg year, utilise all the help you get at uni early on in terms of revision and help as lecturers can be more difficult to get in touch with when compared to school teachers. Don't leave things till the last minute but do enjoy your uni life aswell, make good friends, socialise, join societies/sports club etc. Employers look for someone who will fit in their working team and this does not necessarily mean the cleverest person they interview will get the job as sometimes someone with better problem solving, communication, team working skills can be a more preferred choice.

    Also best people to ask for revision tips are from making friends from the upper years from the same uni as they have pretty much covered the same modules, syllabus etc just a few months ago.
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    (Original post by jaffacakes101)
    Does year 1 of a pharmacy degree count towards your final degree classification?What is the percent of each year of the pharmacy degree?
    In most (nearly all) unis in the UK, I believe year 1 doesn't count towards your final degree classification. In terms of % over the other years, it varies greatly from uni to uni. I am only aware of my uni (Bradford) where for us only our final year counted towards degree classification.
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    (Original post by greenlantern)
    Soon to be on the register and a practicing pharmacist. Feel free to ask me anything about pharmacy, pre-registration training year, anything about myself etc.
    Helllo!!
    I will be heading into final year (4th) and have confirmed a placement with an independent Pharmacy. I was wondering if anyone knows more information about CPPE. And also wondering if during pre-reg you can get most of your training done, for instance Flu Jabs, Travel, MURS...e.t.c.

    Thank you so much!!!
 
 
 
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