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Cardiff University 4.1 / 412 reviews
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I am a foreign student, so perhaps this is a cultural difference, but I was quite surprised to find out the depth of what we are taught. Which is barely any at all. We don't really go into the content in too much depth. If I were to compare universities in my country and universities in the UK, I'd say that universities in my country aim to fully prepare me for the working field by giving me all the knowledge I could have. While universities in the UK aim to point me in the right direction, give me enough knowledge to figure things out on my own. Which is probably why there are so many holidays, so you can study on your own things which piqued your interest at uni.

Another thing I don't understand is the form of assessment. I am Software Engineering student. I should be programming, creating software, solving practical tasks. Yet 90% of my marks for my placement year come from a report. I've had 4 raises at my internship in the span of 11 months, but it's my literature skills that determine my mark, which just doesn't make any sense to me. I wouldn't have had those raises if I didn't do well.

And this isn't just for my placement year, this goes for the majority of modules. My module marks are usually about 50% from exams (so theory. nothing practical), 40% from reports (again nothing practical and nothing which says "Software Engineering") and 10% from practical exercises. Is this a Software Engineering degree or Business with a hint of IT?

To sum it up, I'm quite disappointed of the content I'm being taught and how disproportionate it is to the money I'm paying. I'm also disappointed in the assessments. Which don't assess what really matters. I could lie my ass of in my reports regarding my placement and get a 100%. Or I could do the opposite - be truthful and fail even after 4 raises at my placement. Just because I'm bad at writing reports. Which makes 0 sense.

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The content of the degree is challenging, but necessary in order to become a pharmacist. The teaching staff are helpful and always happy to offer support. The course is assessed through a number of exams, laboratory practicals, coursework tasks, and practical patient based assessments.

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Teaching hours are on average 11-13 hours a week, dependant on modules selected. This tends to be spread over 3-4 days a week. In first year the modules are very broad giving you a complete overview of the subject enabling you to make module choices for 2nd and3rd years. Assessment are majority course work, essays and reports, including the use of computer software to generate maps from data.

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Not knowing what to expect, I have decided to pursue a Law degree after having a taste of it from taking Law at A Levels. I would say that it was definitely what I expected when I first start uni. We had minimal contact hours with lecturers and tutors. We were expected to be independent and discipline in managing our study time and to do research. Honestly speaking, I thought that this was a total waste of money in the beginning, as not much support was given by the University. However, I am now towards the end of my degree and I would say that this structure has definitely improved my time management and research skills. Rather than being fed with informations in lectures, I found it more helpful to read up on articles and textbooks myself. The course has trained me to develop my own critical analysis after reading multiple journal articles and cases. The exam structure was quite confusing in the beginning, but I had soon got a hang of it and it wasn't too bad at all! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their independent thinking and research skills.

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I can't give a good idea of what my degree is like at the moment as we have a common first year. However, I have thoroughly enjoyed the topics we have covered so far and while it is challenging at times, if you have the love for the subject, it makes it a lot easier to get through.

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The course is very varied, covering physics, chemistry, biology and maths/statistics. It provides a good platform to determine where you want to go with any further study, or provides a good basic skill set for entering employment. Field trips each year help to consolidate your learning, and the turn around time for the project report is typical of a real life situation.All of the lecturers are BRILLIANT. I cannot fault them at all, and they have really helped to make this course fun and interesting.The first term of year 1 can be a bit dry as their is a lot of geology which is more relevant for the other degree schemes, however if you can hang on until Christmas, it gets more enjoyable from there!The course is heavily assessed, lots of coursework and exams, however you feel like you are getting your money's worth from the fees! It also makes you learn and take home more from the course. If this is your thing, go for it!

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I have just finished my 3rd and final year on the BSc physiotherapy course at Cardiff and can honestly say it was the best 3 years of my life. Cardiff as a city is vibrant and there is always someplace new to explore (as well as the nightlife being great) and I thoroughly enjoyed the Physiotherapy Course. I found the way that the course is broken down particularly helpful - you spend your first year blitzing anatomy and physiology before knuckling down on the common pathologies treated by physios in the beginning of the second year. Then the real work begins - placement. I've had the opportunity to spend 8 months working in 8 different hospitals in Wales, each with a very different specialty - from working with patients who had undergone amputations to those following joint replacement surgery to those who were only a few hours following a stroke. This allowed me to develop skills in all of the major areas of physiotherapy that I will be working in as a qualified professional. There were some aspects of the theoretical modules that I feel could have been more detailed to help us before we entered placement but there is no match for the learning that you do on the job. As Cardiff is the only uni in Wales that offers a course in physiotherapy you get a range of every hospital in the country meaning there is such a breadth of specialties that you can be offered. Lecturers were supportive on both placements and during assignments, which were challenging while completing placements at the same time. I've come out of this degree with a job in an excellent health board and I put it down to the amazing teaching I received both at university and on my many placements. 

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Anonymous

In this module we learn about different genres and forms of writing. We then have to create a piece of creative writing according to the genre or form we studied that week. Then we send this out to the rest of our group of 4 and receive feedback from them at the end of the next session.I loved the way this module was run. Because it was spread over a year, it gave me the chance to explore my own imagination and refine my creativity. It also allowed me to get to know the other people in my class a lot more. Now, being almost at the end of the year, we are a really close group.The one on one meetings with our module leader have also helped me to improve my pieces. They have also helped me keep on track with forming my portfolio, which will consist of a longer fantasy piece, 3 poems and a memoir piece. Each time I present my work to my leader, he always comes up with encouraging criticism to refine my work even more. This is giving me courage that my work will be the best it can be by the time I hand my portfolio in.

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Anonymous

A core module delivered by someone who is incredible lazy, however luckily it is split into two which the other half is delivered by someone who actually teaches.

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Anonymous

this module was really interesting and allowed you to study a number of books in different languages. This module not only helped me with grammar and vocabulary but it also helped me with my writing and analytical skills because i learnt how to improve my essay writing by reading and discussing the books. You do a 2000 word essay and an exam and i think this process works well as you can talk about your favourite book in depth and compare it to others. I thoroughly enjoyed this module

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