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Aston or Keele for pharmacy 2024

Hi,I have offers for both Aston and Keele for pharmacy.I was wondering which uni I should go to/firm.Which uni is more placement based ?Which uni is better in terms of getting a place for prerej?
If anyone studies pharmacy at any of these unis I'd appreciate it if you could tell me your thoughts.
Thankssss
(edited 2 weeks ago)
Original post by Christi Reji
Hi,I have an offer for both Aston and Keele for pharmacy.I was wondering which uni to firm.Which uni is more placement based ?Which uni is better in terms of getting a place for prerej?
If anyone studies pharmacy at any of these unis I'd appreciated if you could tell me your thoughts.
Thankssss

Why the rush to firm any uni?

Have you visited them?
Original post by Muttley79
Why the rush to firm any uni?

Have you visited them?

I already knew before I applied that I wanted to go to these universities and the others were just fillers. I haven't visited keele yet but aston seems great but I can't seem to get anymore indepth information about the universities.If I firm early then i could get everything done such as SF,accom,vaccinations,DBS check etc.
(edited 2 weeks ago)
Original post by Christi Reji
I already knew before I applied that I wanted to go to these universities and the others were just fillers. I haven't visited keele yet but aston seems great but I can't seem to get anymore indepth information about the universities.If I firm early then i could get everything done such as SF,accom,vaccinations,DBS check etc.

It's far too early to firm any uni ... there are always number of people on here every year who change their minds.

Visit Keele first.
Original post by Christi Reji
I already knew before I applied that I wanted to go to these universities and the others were just fillers. I haven't visited keele yet but aston seems great but I can't seem to get anymore indepth information about the universities.If I firm early then i could get everything done such as SF,accom,vaccinations,DBS check etc.


You can still apply for student finance without deciding which to firm and unis should not be putting you any pressure to choose accommodation at this stage. There is plenty of time to sort DBS check and vaccinations after results day once your place is confirmed. :smile:
Original post by Christi Reji
Hi,I have offers for both Aston and Keele for pharmacy.I was wondering which uni I should go to/firm.Which uni is more placement based ?Which uni is better in terms of getting a place for prerej?
If anyone studies pharmacy at any of these unis I'd appreciate it if you could tell me your thoughts.
Thankssss

Hii I'm a Keele MPharm student
The first 2 years are a lot of chemistry and maths and physics for how drugs are designed and made and their different formulations (capsules, creams etc.) They also have lab work and lab reports
Every year has around 25% of the year weighting based on group work which can be stressful but you have to get used to it for the future anyway
2nd year is probably the hardest content-wise but 3rd year is also pretty difficult (but the content is more clinical and everything starts to make sense so you understand it a lot easier if you study in 1st and 2nd year cuz it's based on those key concepts)
Obviously idk about 4th year too much but 3rd and 4th year are a lot more clinical as I said
You have clinical exams called Competency Based Assessments (think OSCEs role play with patients, calling up fake prescribers to correct prescriptions, doing physical exams)
Placements rn are 3 weeks in 1st year, 6 in 2nd year, 9 in 3rd year and 12 in 4th year (the numbers might be slightly different so don't quote me on it exactly)
They're done in blocks of 2 or 3 weeks spread out throughout the whole year (so this year for me every month we do a couple of weeks, give or take, and in between you have lectures) this might change but they tell you all about it when they're preparing you for placement.
They get you to fill out a preferences form in terms of location, if you can drive, your home and term time addresses to get you close as possible (you can travel up to an hour to get to placement and an hour back)
1st and 2nd year are community pharmacy, 3rd and 4th year are hospital (mainly acute "normal" hospitals but you can get mental health or specialised hospitals)
Uni life is pretty good, by 3rd year most unserious people get filtered out and you get closer to your friends and a lot of people in the cohort and everyone is pretty nice3rd and 4th year are more independent study so you definitely need to study outside of class but you definitely have time to join societies and have fun
Keele is 1 train away from Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and lots of big cities (even a direct train to London) so you can go out and explore pretty easily
Hope this helps!
Original post by Muttley79
It's far too early to firm any uni ... there are always number of people on here every year who change their minds.

Visit Keele first.

Bur I definitely agree! Do come visit Keele first there's offer holder days I'm pretty sure.
It's quite rural so think about that and the shops are about a 15 minute bus ride from campus
But the campus is quite green with open spaces which I like
Original post by Christi Reji
Hi,I have offers for both Aston and Keele for pharmacy.I was wondering which uni I should go to/firm.Which uni is more placement based ?Which uni is better in terms of getting a place for prerej?
If anyone studies pharmacy at any of these unis I'd appreciate it if you could tell me your thoughts.
Thankssss

Is aston easy to get into for Pharmacy, or is the interview found generally tough for applicants?

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