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Hi guys and gals,

Looking for advice from anyone currently studying in an around the Glasgow area (and slightly further).

Looking at doing my Nursing degree next year after years as an Aux, and I'm trying to decide which universities to apply to and look into more.
My main choices are currently University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian, (also Stirling but this is a lot further away) but are there any other good options that I am not considering? I am a very science orientated person, I am also hoping to move on to postgraduate study to specialise eventually, and wish to do the full honours degree I have ruled out UWS.
I am also aware that GCU apparently have very little classroom time for theory, require most study to be self directed where as Glasgow University seems to be very classroom intensive which I may find better. But on the other hand I hear that GCU is a lot better for practical skills. Again, this is what some people have told me, but I take this as opinion rather than fact.

Would anyone be able to share their experiences at these universities or provide useful insight that may help me?

Many Thanks
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(Original post by IslanderGY)
Hi guys and gals,

Looking for advice from anyone currently studying in an around the Glasgow area (and slightly further).

Looking at doing my Nursing degree next year after years as an Aux, and I'm trying to decide which universities to apply to and look into more.
My main choices are currently University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian, (also Stirling but this is a lot further away) but are there any other good options that I am not considering? I am a very science orientated person, I am also hoping to move on to postgraduate study to specialise eventually, and wish to do the full honours degree I have ruled out UWS.
I am also aware that GCU apparently have very little classroom time for theory, require most study to be self directed where as Glasgow University seems to be very classroom intensive which I may find better. But on the other hand I hear that GCU is a lot better for practical skills. Again, this is what some people have told me, but I take this as opinion rather than fact.

Would anyone be able to share their experiences at these universities or provide useful insight that may help me?

Many Thanks
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I know that Stirling's university is good for nursing as a friend studied there few years back and loved it. Glasgow university is good to but to be honest with you ok its which one suites you best if the thing, don't necessary has to be based on amount of class based theory, unfortunately as a student nurse you'll spend about 7 - 8 weeks at university blocks with theory, practical and class studies and then you'll spend about similar weeks on placements whether its hospital or community you'll do it.
You have previous experience as a auxiliary nurse which will help you tremendously with your student nurse years as you'll have some knowledge that others may not have.

I gather that there isn't a university closer to you as you looking at Glasgow & Stirling university. How about Robert Gordon university, university of Highlands in Inverness, have you thought about those to. Plus Edinburgh Napier university, Queens Margaret university on outskirts of Edinburgh, Edinburgh university also Aberytay Dundee , So plenty of choices for you to look at for this.

Although I'm from Glasgow and I went to Edinburgh for my midwife degree which I passed I can't say exactly how those universities are for courses except from what I was told of Stirling .
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I know that Stirling's university is good for nursing as a friend studied there few years back and loved it. Glasgow university is good to but to be honest with you ok its which one suites you best if the thing, don't necessary has to be based on amount of class based theory, unfortunately as a student nurse you'll spend about 7 - 8 weeks at university blocks with theory, practical and class studies and then you'll spend about similar weeks on placements whether its hospital or community you'll do it.
You have previous experience as a auxiliary nurse which will help you tremendously with your student nurse years as you'll have some knowledge that others may not have.

I gather that there isn't a university closer to you as you looking at Glasgow & Stirling university. How about Robert Gordon university, university of Highlands in Inverness, have you thought about those to. Plus Edinburgh Napier university, Queens Margaret university on outskirts of Edinburgh, Edinburgh university also Aberytay Dundee , So plenty of choices for you to look at for this.

Although I'm from Glasgow and I went to Edinburgh for my midwife degree which I passed I can't say exactly how those universities are for courses except from what I was told of Stirling .
Hi Tracey,

Thank you very much for your input. I'm glad to hear that your friend enjoyed Stirling, its one of my choices but as I said a wee bit out the way for me (but still do able).
My only real concern is that I struggle more with self directed study than with classroom based learning. According to some nurses and student I have worked with, GCU do about 25% of the classroom hours as Glasgow, but on the other hand GCU have all these fancy training facilities (like mock up ICU beds) to develop your skills, that Glasgow don't have.
I'm trying to base my decision off two things, 1: Which course will I fair better on, 2: Which course will make me a better nurse.
I feel like I am overthinking my situation too much when in reality it may just come down to whichever one accepts me. (if any do)!
I suppose I'm just trying to find out which uni may suit me best. I'm looking into the other Edinburgh uni's as well, but RGU is too far north for me unfortunately.
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Hi Tracey,

Thank you very much for your input. I'm glad to hear that your friend enjoyed Stirling, its one of my choices but as I said a wee bit out the way for me (but still do able).
My only real concern is that I struggle more with self directed study than with classroom based learning. According to some nurses and student I have worked with, GCU do about 25% of the classroom hours as Glasgow, but on the other hand GCU have all these fancy training facilities (like mock up ICU beds) to develop your skills, that Glasgow don't have.
I'm trying to base my decision off two things, 1: Which course will I fair better on, 2: Which course will make me a better nurse.
I feel like I am overthinking my situation too much when in reality it may just come down to whichever one accepts me. (if any do)!
I suppose I'm just trying to find out which uni may suit me best. I'm looking into the other Edinburgh uni's as well, but RGU is too far north for me unfortunately.
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Its fine trying to give some input on things as its really depends on where you coming from as you said RGU is to far north for you, so you wanting something nearer to Glasgow or Edinburgh then ,

Napier has a state of art department for nursing as have Queen's Margaret as built as part of major upgrade, obviously Queen's Margaret is fairly newish still .
Your learning will be more on placements although your studying & practical side at university will prepare you for nursing ,
I don't think you over thinking ok as you may get few offers and then you'll have to decide which one best for you after that,
Providing you can cope with things in classroom as not in it much as more theory & practical stuff than just writing things down and you can get through that then you will do well and if you got issues then ask your course tutor for advice & help as that's what they are for ok, don't hide things as that you'll struggle with then.

You doing adult nursing ok - then once you qualify then look at which field you wanting to do as example - renal, day surgery or wards that deals with operation so you can then learn more about the different patients operations as there is loads of areas you can pick from okay .
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