(Original post by hamstein)
Oh yes I went to the open day and the buildings kind of put me off i guess, its like concrete blocks and then a bridge of concrete lol. How is the teaching though? Do you do many practicals? Do people usually achieve high in exams and tests?
Yeah, the concrete is a little off putting. Especially since they're doing all sorts of building work in the square at the moment, in the summer it's a lovely place to sit and meet with friends, the big gap in the middle is where they're placing a fountain.
In the first term we had one practical on Pharmaceutical Analysis every two weeks, the second week would be used to write up and hand in the lab report for the deadline.
This semester we have two practical labs, our first is every two weeks, is Formulation where we learn to make creams, suppositories and liquids. Our second lab is more biology orientated and we actually only have two of those this semester. I'm about to do my second, the first lab report was a b**ch!
I find the teaching good. If you ever have any problems the lecturers are open to questions via e-mail, questions after the lecture or by arranging a quick meeting with them. We have classes called Workshops where we have to work through the problems and the lectures are around to give us help when needed, although you don't have to stay the full duration and can leave early.
We also have the odd seminar (this semester) where we do alot more self driven teaching and have to make presentations to present to a small group. We also get tutorials in chemistry. We have to attempt/complete the work beforehand for these and then everything gets explained in the tutorial afterwards, particulary if there were problems with it.
Exams and tests... well this year I wouldn't really use it as a good indication lol. But I think generally people do very well. The majority of people achieve marks in the 60-80% boundaries (which is a large generalisation, as different subjects, difficulty etc. etc.) and I haven't heard of anyone failing an exam yet.
In second year, I heard we get more practicals, and third year is meant to be really busy too. However I've not got alot of details on that
Hope I helped! x