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Pharmacy is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare and offers students’ the chance to train as experts in medication and its uses. As a pharmacy student it is possible to train in different sectors, including community, industrial or hospital pharmacy. There are also opportunities to train as a pharmacy technician or assistant.

In the coming years there will be some amazing developments in science which will lead to the introduction of new medicines. Pharmacists will be involved in this at every step of the process – from development of medicines in the lab to distribution in the community and hospitals.

Where can pharmacy take me?
The answer to this is anywhere! Pharmacist’s are in demand worldwide. Pharmacists are expert health professionals and after five years of study and training you’ll find many doors open to a career that offers flexibility, variety, opportunity, satisfaction and excellent rewards.

What qualifications do I need?
Most pharmacy courses require three science A-levels in chemistry and two other subjects in either biology, mathematics or physics. However, students with chemistry and one other science A-Level may be considered with a third unrelated subject.

In Scotland, students require Highers in Chemistry and English plus two of either mathematics, physics or biology.

To qualify as a pharmacist, you must undertake a four-year accredited Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree course, followed by the successful completion of a year’s pre-registration training within a pharmacy. The final stage is to pass the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s registration exam to qualify as a registered pharmacist in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Degree Classifications awarded at University

In the UK degrees are often given with honours if a student passes with specified grades. First, second and third classes are all considered passes, however they can be broken down further.

Honours degrees are usually categorised by the following grades with the highest grade being first class honours:

  • First class honours (1 st)
  • Second class honours, divided into:
    • Upper division, (2:1)
    • Lower division (2:2)
  • Third class honours (3 rd)

If you don’t achieve the standard for an honours degree then they are usually given an ordinary degree without honours.

You would usually see a honours degree written as follows BA (hons) for art subjects, BSc (hons) for science subjects, etc.

There are many, many other types of degrees but these are the most common ones. Once you go abroad you may find other types of degrees entirely. For example in America you can gain an Associates degree.

Type of Degrees available at University & HE

There are many degrees and degree types on offer at university and further education so we thought it would be helpful to give you a quick summary of what all of those letters after your name will actually stand for.

The most common abbreviations:

  • BSc (also known as SB ScB) – Bachelor of Science
  • BA (also known as AB) – Bachelor of Arts

The above 2 are the most common degrees awarded in the UK.

  • MA – Master of arts (postgraduate level course)
  • MSc – Master of science (postgraduate level course)
  • BA Econ (also known as BS, BEc, BSc(Econ), BEconSc) – Bachelor of Economics
  • BEng (also known as BAI, BE, BSE, Bing, BESc, BASc, BTech, BSc(Eng)) – Bachelor of Engineering
  • M.Eng – Masters of Engineering. This is actually an award for non postgraduate study and is the highest award for such in the UK
  • MBA – Masters of Business Administration
  • M.Ed (also known as MAEd or Ed.M) – Master of Education
  • BM BS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. These are the two degrees awarded upon graduation of medical school, they are usually treated as one degree. Also known as (MB BChir, BM BCh , MB BCh, MB ChB, MB BS etc)
  • Ph.D (or PhD) – Doctor of Philosophy. This has become the highest degree one can earn and is a postgraduate level degree

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Along with tuna pasta the jacket potato is probably the ultimate student food. They’re cheap, they’re very quick and easy to prepare and they’re pretty filling as well. While baked beans and grated cheese is probably the topping that most students opt for their baked potatoes topping, there are plenty of other ideas that are just as quick but will add a bit of variety to a weekday dinner.

Cooking a jacket potato to Perfection

One of the great appeals of jacket potatoes is that they can be ready in a matter of minutes if you cook them in the microwave. However, if you want the full experience, nothing beats the crispy skin of an oven-baked potato. This does take time but if you’re organised you just pop it in the oven about an hour-and-a-half before you want to eat and there’s really not much else too it – just a bit of waiting.

Once cooked, try one of these toppings -

Beans and Cheese

This is the classic filling. Heat the baked beans – they work really well if the sauce has been reduced down and the beans have started to go a bit mushy. Grate a good amount of strong cheddar cheese. Split the potato, add some butter then pour over the beans. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and watch it melt into the beans. Delicious.

Chilli and Soured Cream

Chilli con carne works really well with jacket potatoes and this is great if you have some in the fridge or freezer. Heat it separately then spoon over the jacket potato. Top with some soured cream.

Tuna, Red onion and Pepper

Finely chop half a red onion and half a red pepper then place in a bowl with a drained can of tuna. Mix in some mayonnaise and season with freshly ground black pepper. This makes enough for two potatoes.

Mushrooms and Cream

Melt a little butter in a pan, add a couple of handfuls of chopped mushrooms (a mix of mushrooms is best) and fry until they’re soft and cooked through. Drizzle in some single cream and heat through. The cream will soften the potato and the mushrooms taste great.

Prawns with Mayonnaise

A handful of cooked prawns is all you need for a glamorous topping for your spud. Defrosted, frozen, cooked prawns are ideal for this. Just heat them through thoroughly and mix with a little mayonnaise.

Curry

A great way to use up leftover curry. Most curries work well as a topping for jackets – just heat through thoroughly and spoon over the potato.

Coleslaw

Perfect for a summer lunch or snack and there’s really nothing for you do apart from open the carton and spoon the coleslaw over your spud.

Bacon

Crispy bacon rashers work really well as a simple topping for baked potatoes.

Cream Cheese and Chives

Choose a full-fat cream cheese and don’t be shy! Chop some chives and scatter these over the top.

Bolognese

Hold back a little of your Bolognese sauce when you’re making spag bol. A couple of spoons of this on an oven-baked jacket is sufficient for a tasty meal.

These are just a few of the many hundreds of topping ideas for everyone’s favourite quick meal. A jacket potato is very nutritious so it’s a great fallback when you can’t find inspiration or you don’t have much time to cook dinner.

  • Try not to be frightened of exam stress, but to see it as a positive force – after all, it keeps you on your toes mentally, and can help you focus on the task in hand.
  • Learn to recognise when you’re stressing out, and understand its causes. Often, a break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you’re under will get things into perspective.
  • Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you’ve chosen the method that works best for you.
  • Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (ie quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing.
  • Steer clear of any exam ‘post-mortem’. Learning how other people got on can lead to worry about under-achieving.
  • Finally, don’t lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won’t last forever.

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  • Putting off revision, finding excuses to do other things or leaving all the work until the last minute. The fact is the more you delay, the more likely you are to get into a stew and panic.
  • Unless you stick to a sensible revision timetable, there’ll always be a tendency to think negatively. In this situation, many believe they’re somehow unable to revise or are destined never to get the results they want.
  • Some people are also terrified of disappointing their parents. Often this is a self-imposed pressure, while others feel their folks have expectations which exceed their own. If you feel as if your mum/dad are on your back then talk to them. Clear the air to clear your head.
  • Perhaps the biggest problem surrounding revision and exams is stress. It can make even the most ardent reviser think they can’t remember anything and even lead to panic attacks.

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  • Avoid last-minute revision the night before.
  • Complete your revision plan early, then relax for the rest of the day.
  • During this time, don’t focus on passing or failing. If you’ve kept to your revision plan, and you’re calm, the answers will come naturally.
  • Just before the exam itself, don’t go ‘testing’ yourself on specific questions, and when you finally sit down avoid rushing into things. Read the whole paper.
  • Fingers-crossed you’ll pass. But failing doesn’t mean you’re a failure in life. It simply means you didn’t manage to make the grade in a particular subject – this time around.

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  • Make sure you stick to it! That way you can keep track of how much work you’ve done and what you have left to cover.
  • Choose a place in the house to revise where you won’t be distracted or if you cannot study at home then find where suites you best to study.
  • Also make your family or friends aware of the fact that you need some peace and quiet during this time, so they know not to disturb you.
  • Switch revision between subjects to avoid becoming bored of a single topic.
  • Look for new sources of information other than class notes. The internet, for example, offers some innovative learning resources, as do relevant journals.
  • Set yourself up with a ‘reward’ after every revision session. Nothing extravagant, just a small treat to help you get back to your books.
  • The most effective way to approach a revision session is to focus on understanding rather than memorising.

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  • Different students swear by different approaches, but in every case your best bet is to set out a revision plan. Everyone will have a different approach to how they can study best.
  • It’s never too early to figure out how much work you have to cover. Establish how much time you have available between now and the exams, and then draw up a realistic timetable.
  • In working out how much time you should devote to each subject, try to concentrate on your weaknesses without losing sight of your strong points.

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All Students Know That Saving Money Is Essential – Here’s A Few Tips 

Going to the supermarket without a shopping list is not the smartest thing to do when living on a budget. You’ll end up blindly purchasing random ingredients without any real plan for how you’ll ever use them – also seeing deals on products such as crisps and junk food which will just result in getting random rubbish food rather than nice meals. You should also never go shopping on an empty stomach.

Walk places
It’ll save you bus and taxi fare, and will also help you fight the freshers’ podge, which is good.

Get free NHS dental care, prescriptions and eye tests
As a student you may eligible for free healthcare, but only if you fill in an HC1 Form first. You’ll be able to get a form from your doctors, dentist or optician. It age to fill out, an age to be processed, and only lasts 6 months once it’s been approved. It will save you money though.

Buy In Bulk
Invest in bulk bags of pasta and rice. The bigger the bag you buy, the cheaper it will cost you per kilogram. Keep an eye out for deals in larger amounts as well.

Go shopping at 7pm on Sundays
This is prime discount time. Supermarkets will clear out all of their soon-to-expire goods and put them on the hallowed reduced shelf.

Cook In Groups

If you live in a house of 4 rather than each individually cooking their own meals every night why not do a group shop and a group cook, it will save money and waste.
Return library books on time
Set a reminder on your phone to return your books on time to avoid library fines.

Pre-drink at home
You would have done this anyway; we don’t need to encourage you.

Avoid the cornershop

Try and do a proper supermarket shop once a week. Odd trips to the cornershop to buy bread and biscuits will cost you considerably more.

Work your Student Discount
Shops knows that students are poor, so many offer discounts.

NUS Card/University ID 
Students are eligible for a discount of around 10% in a number of shops, including Topman, New Look and Cineworld.

Student Discounts Card 
Register on www.studentdiscounts.co.uk and they’ll post you out a card for even more discounts.

International Student Exchange Card
Perfect for anyone going travelling or spending a year abroad, the ISE will give you discounts all over the world in museums, attractions etc. Also comes with medical benefits, apparently.

Student Beans

Student Beans is the king of online discount sites. They have an offer for absolutely everything. Over 500,000 students use Student Beans every month, and you should too.

Quidco / Groupon

Get involved in all kinds of discount websites and use them as often as possible, they save you money the easy way.

Get a Nectar Card

A Nectar Card gives you points every time you shop in Sainsburys, Amazon, Argos and loads of other stores. Once you’ve built them up, you can redeem your points and get free stuff.

Get a Tesco Clubcard

The same as a Nectar Card, except it only works in Tesco, obviously.

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Picking Your Five Choice For Where To Study Your Desired Course Can Be Tricky – Check Out These 5 Steps

Once you’ve chosen your subject you can apply to five universities. There are lots of books and university guides available, but how do you know where to start? How do you know which Uni is going to be right for you? Heres five steps to discovering if that Uni is right for you.

Step One: What kind of uni?

The rising cost of fees makes students more likely to save money by living at home while they study. This may be difficult to stomach, but at least choosing a uni will be less bewildering. If you have decided to leave home think about whether you want to go to a big city or a small campus – some people tend to work better in a small campus Uni where they have less distractions. You also need to decide if you want to stay near home or go exploring and make that move from one end of the country to the other.

Step Two: Where will you get in?
Let’s be realistic – if you’re predicted CCD and got two Cs at AS, you’re not getting into Cambridge, however much you fancy rowing. You need to tot up your tariff points, UCAS shows you how. Then take a look at these course rankings, which are divided by subject. They show the average tariff of someone starting that course at each university – for more detailed information you can find the standard offers for all courses on the UCAS website.

It is obvious when you look at the Good Uni Guide that the courses with the most difficult entry requirements do not necessarily score highest in the rankings for the best courses. By playing the game smartly you may be able to aim for a better course without improving your A-level grades.

Step Three: Great course at an average university

Some universities have relatively poor reputations and do not score highly in the overall university rankings, but have a few brilliant courses. So how do you decide whether to choose a course with a good reputation or a renowned university?

Our good friend John O’Leary from the Good Uni Guide reckons: “Although academics would like to think subject ranking is most important, most people are looking at the Times overall table and they have a point, because most employers will take more notice of that.

Try and keep your opportunities as wide as possible. If you want to be a geologist, your future employers will know that the University of Liverpool‘s geology course is rated as the fifth best in the country. It is less likely that the institution will delight recruiters for accountancy.

Step Four: Somewhere you’ll enjoy

You have already narrowed your choice down quite a lot. Now you need to work out which of the available courses is going to suit you personally. These are some myths you might be told about when choosing where you might enjoy to study - 1. You’ll have a good time wherever you go. 2. There is a best uni for each subject. And 3. Unis don’t vary that much.

For some people the most important thing is cheap accommodation for others it is the atmosphere in the student bar. If you are doing medicine you are very likely to get a job at the end of the course, but for a sociologist the employability record is far more important.

Step Five: Going to visit

You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, so why not put the same method in course to choosing your Uni. You’re going to be paying bigs fee’s and have loans out for studying at Uni so why not get yourself to the Uni and test out the place – see if you feel a buzz and enjoy the place. Make a list of what you want to see before you get there. Make sure you check out - The teaching facilities in your department, the student bar, the library you will use, the accommodation where you are most likely to live and if possible eat a meal in the canteen you will use.

Now Get Out And Do It – Get It Sorted ASAP

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