Great staff and resources available. Not enough teaching time however, so some lecturers cover too much in each lecture making it difficult to keep up and revise large amounts of subject material without lecturer help.
Big downfall is price considering still paying for printing, very few contact hours, limited study space, no tripsOtherwise content and module variety great, was mostly very well taught.Wish class sizes had been smaller or more group work in first year in order to socialise better with cource.
The content of my degree is highly interesting, making learning enjoyable including practical applications in laboratory situations. However, there is a lot of content which often feels a little too much to learn properly before the exam period and we are always learning right up until the last minute. The lecturers are more often than not very helpful and will give as much support as they ask, although some lecturers and tutors do not mark assessments within a reasonable time limit and sometimes set things very late not giving us a lot of time to complete them out of proportion with how difficult the task is.
The course has been interesting, covering a wide variety of aspects of psychology. The first two years are mainly compulsory modules but in the final year you get complete choice of topics. There assessment is also varied: exams, midterms, blogs, essays, posters, presentation etc. this makes the course more interesting.The course does have minimal contact time (as little as 4 hours a week) so it involves a lot of independent study alongside classes.
The content is great, I really love the course on the whole. The teaching, as with anywhere, can be hit and miss, some lecturers are great and some aren't so great but they get the job done. The lab write ups increase in difficulty but the laboratory work itself is pretty well talked through and you don't feel like you have no idea what you're doing (until you go onto writing your lab report - that can get messy). The organisation of hand in times and tests are also hit and miss, you might be inundated with work one week and not so much another week. It's also dependant on what modules you take, so take it all into consideration.The course is difficult, make no mistake, it's extremely hard, so go in prepared to work.
The course is very oceanography based. Perhaps not the best for biologically inclined people. A new marine biology with biology course has been introduced now though. However if you want to be at the height of this field. The NOC is the best place to be. Regular visits from research vessels outside the cafeteria and the field trips are the best. Also the oceanography side makes you far more employable with a balance of the two.
The degree is 4 years long and definitely worth the extra year to be fully qualified. We have a mixture of adult and child placement and teaching. The anatomy and physiology is self taught at the beginning of the 4 years (this is the same for single field) and we don't do anymore for the rest of the course. This is very unhelpful and now in year 3 I find myself going over basic anatomy and phyaiology.
As with any degree, how much you enjoy it will depend on how interested you are in the subject. The truly wonderful part of this course is the year abroad, when you simply have to go out on your own and figure things out in another country. However I found the year abroad project to be somewhat pointless, as I do not think this process will have benefited a large proportion of those doing the course. When studying at the actual university, the teaching varies depending on the professor, but most is to a high standard. One of the problems however, with having many different teachers, is that I feel I make some of the same mistakes quite often, but never really learn how to correct them.
The degree as a whole is very versatile and skills picked up in the wide variety of modules from geophysics to river basin management modules allows for a greater chance of having already some experience in the field that you end up pursuing as a career.
Personally I found the geology based modules more difficult than the physical geography ones. They were more complex, required more lab time and I generally spent more of my time focussing on them opposed to the geography modules which were more independent and you didn't really rely of the resources on campus.
This degree is a wonderful course, it will give you knowledge on a wide range of subjects with some being more focused on than others. First year and second year are very exam focused with little to no room for optional modules. Third year is way more flexible, and enjoyable from my personal experience. The best thing about this course is the National Oceanography Centre, which is where most of the ocean and earth modules are taken. Here, there are corridors upon corridors of professionals from every sector of ocean and earth science. Most of the people you find in research papers, can be found here. That isn't just an advantage to you whilst at uni, but for after your degree as potential contacts. Being at the University of Southampton has really opened up alot of doors for me and given me so many new experiences. There is a lot of one on one time available with your tutors during the first two years, which is very comforting, not only for you but your parents as they will know you are in good hands. The only negative, would be the exam and the focus on being an academic learner rather than a physical hands on learner, although there are many lab practicals and boat practicals, as well as three field trips including one to Bermuda (if you do the four year MSci degree)!