(Original post by LS.)
I'm thinking about pharmacy as a uni option. If you could tell me anything more about the course, I'd really appreciate it [Either by pm or on here] And did you have much pharmacy related work experiance when applying?
Well I'll answer the easiest question first *LoL* I didn't have much experience when I applied, only two weeks in a community pharmacy and a week planned in a hospital pharmacy. However I know people who didn't have any experience. As long as you can communicate that you understand what pharmacy is about and that you have an interest in it you'll be fine.
I'm not really an expert on the course. There is a lot of chemistry in it but also biology. You also get to study things like law and ethics and perfect your communication skills as these will be very important. It's okay knowing your stuff but if you can't communicate it to anybody then there's no point. Different schools of pharmacy will split the course into different parts and maybe teach different things at different levels of the course. The course is always changing as well .
This year at Cardiff in my first year I've done;
Introduction to Pharmacology (20 credits): This was an interesting module introducing basic concepts of what drugs are and how they interact with the body and included the nervous system and different receptors in the body and stuff like that (can you tell I'm rubbish at describing stuff?
). Only a few practicals in this module (the organ bath *LoL*) but also CAL (computer aided learning)
Social and Professional Pharmacy (20 credits): This was by far my favourite module. It covers lots of stuff including law and ethics, the society, responding to symptoms, alternative therapy, communication skills, uuuh smoking cessastion and general health. Lots of workshops and tutorials to go with it.
Introduction to Microbiology and Immunology (20 credits): Stuff about microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and fungi we did in detail) and things like antibiotics and did a series of labs to go along with the lectures. Lots of stuff about the immune system and immune response ... oh and the most boring part of the course in my opinion, sterilisation! Argh the lectures were boring but the practicals were fun cause we got to do aseptic dispensing.
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits): This module covered all aspects of chemisty; organic, physical and applied. Required a lot of work and the exam was rock solid. Labs were fun though.
Biology and Biochemistry (20 credits): A bit of repetition from A Level but in more detail with new stuff too. Enzymes, proteins, genetics, vitamins, digestion of fats, respiration, carbohydrates and some more stuff I can't remember. Having A Level Biology is definitely and advantage. We did practicals, CAL and had workshops.
Pharmaceutical Calculations and Statistics (10 credits): I didn't really see the point of some of this module but it has to be done. The stats part is basically just different ways of analysing to see if batches of drugs would meet requirements. The calculations but introduces problems you may encounter in working life like making up solutions and stuff.
Aaaah I don't even know if that's what you wanted to know. Where are you thinking of applying?