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    I'm looking at both universities, and both look really good. Cardiff has a very good reputation and the Heath is excellent, but looking at both there seem to be a lot of specialised placement hospitals in Bristol. Has anybody been to either of these and how did you decide? Please help!
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    Career wise it makes no difference which uni you went to once you're qualified so pick the one you think you think you'll be happiest at. Look at the amount of weeks you will spend on placement and how these are divided into the year. I think UWE do one big block per year but personally I think it's more advantageous to do multiple smaller blocks. Also find out how much support you will get on placement and from whom, is it all left to clinical staff or will a lecturer come out to see how you're getting on. It's also worth looking how you will be assessed clinically as this can vary hugely.

    Have you already got offers from both?
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    (Original post by Bubble87)
    Career wise it makes no difference which uni you went to once you're qualified so pick the one you think you think you'll be happiest at. Look at the amount of weeks you will spend on placement and how these are divided into the year. I think UWE do one big block per year but personally I think it's more advantageous to do multiple smaller blocks. Also find out how much support you will get on placement and from whom, is it all left to clinical staff or will a lecturer come out to see how you're getting on. It's also worth looking how you will be assessed clinically as this can vary hugely.

    Have you already got offers from both?
    Sorry for the late reply, I have had offers from both, and others. If it doesn't make a difference where you go, then the placements must be the most important, as that's where you might end up working.Thank you for the advice it was very helpful
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    (Original post by Scarllett)
    I'm looking at both universities, and both look really good. Cardiff has a very good reputation and the Heath is excellent, but looking at both there seem to be a lot of specialised placement hospitals in Bristol. Has anybody been to either of these and how did you decide? Please help!
    Hey Scarlett,

    I'm just about to finish at UWE - placement-wise, you do a big 14-week block of clinical practice every year. I personally prefer it to be in big blocks, as it really allows you to learn and settle into the working environment - I've made some really good friends through these placements. You go to a different centre each year, and within your 14-week block you get to experience different areas of practice like CT, MRI etc. as well as more specialised areas like Cardiac Imaging etc., not to mention the community hospitals nearby as well. I looked at both Cardiff and UWE when applying, maybe I'm slightly biased now, but I definitely prefer UWE. The cohort is smaller and our lecturers know us by name as a result, which I really like - definitely felt like part of a family here and didn't worry about approaching any of the staff or fellow students for support. The campus is lovely, not very big but it's all in one place, including accommodation, and it's literally just down the road from a village with supermarkets and a little high street with pharmacies etc. It depends what you're after with a campus, as Cardiff is pretty spread out all over the city, where as UWE is all in one place (you can literally roll out of bed 10 mins before your lecture!).

    I hope this helps?
    Harriet :-)
 
 
 
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