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    Don't suppose anyone here is a qualified pharmacist?

    I am considering studying pharmacy at Uni next year so would love to ask a pharmacist a few questions...

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    It is bloody hard work !!!

    Manj is one as far as i know.

    Now if you had said ''fantasist' you would have had thousands of replies.

    Syzable

    Now if you had said ''fantasist' you would have had thousands of replies. … Now if you had said ''fantasist' you would have had thousands of replies.



    but does it pay well? luncheon vouchers?

    barky

    but does it pay well? luncheon vouchers?



    That's the best bit............it's whatever you like. lol

    emmaelise

    It is bloody hard work !!!



    This^^^

    I used to work in Pharmacy for a decade as a technician - what you wanna know?

    Original Poster

    Emmaelise and Marina - do you know someone who was studying it? You mean 'hard work' as you need to be clever or needs lots of work outside of Uni hours (or both)?

    Thanks

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    moob

    I used to work in Pharmacy for a decade as a technician - what you wanna … I used to work in Pharmacy for a decade as a technician - what you wanna know?



    I have PM'd you

    it is a long slog !! You cant really do the course and work in a pharmacy ( unless you are superhuman!) as you really need to concentrate on the lectures in their own right. You then need to do a pre-reg course in a pharmacy before you qualify and that takes a year.
    I believe that you have to have some sort of biology base qualification to embark on the course as the basics need to be there. Will I did anyway. It could have changed as it was a long time ago. In the end I ended up teaching.
    Edited by: "emmaelise" 20th Sep 2010

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    People probably won't believe this, but I'm one. Whats up?

    vibeone

    People probably won't believe this, but I'm one. Whats up?



    I know I don't! X)

    Mrs.Z

    Emmaelise and Marina - do you know someone who was studying it? You mean … Emmaelise and Marina - do you know someone who was studying it? You mean 'hard work' as you need to be clever or needs lots of work outside of Uni hours (or both)? Thanks



    I was on the M.Pharm course but finished off after 3rd year with a B.Sc degree instead. Past three years was madness (atleast for me), lots of work to be done at uni and home. Worth it, if you finish it though. Many mature students were in my class, many did it as second degree.

    Good luck :-)

    emmaelise

    it is a long slog !! You cant really do the course and work in a pharmacy … it is a long slog !! You cant really do the course and work in a pharmacy ( unless you are superhuman!) as you really need to concentrate on the lectures in their own right. You then need to do a pre-reg course in a pharmacy before you qualify and that takes a year. I believe that you have to have some sort of biology base qualification to embark on the course as the basics need to be there. Will I did anyway. It could have changed as it was a long time ago. In the end I ended up teaching.



    It's pretty much the same as any professional qualification based degree really, 4 years honours then a professional exam after roughly another year. That's what I had to do, and folk still call me a Ratcatcher lol!

    OMG ! I remember the angst !! and the sleepless nights trying to get to grips with the workings of the human body ( not literally !!) Not that I am trying to put you off or anything !!
    With the best intentions there is no point starting on a course of this magnitude unless you have the suitable staring qualifications. You will just get swallowed up !

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    That sounds very scary
    I am quite a mature student (will be 28 by the time I start). You are supposed to have A-level chemisitry at B grade - I have/am doing BTec Applied Science, which is a spread of all the sciences and got a distinction in the first year (which is equivalent to an A grade). The level of chemistry we are studying is the same as A-level, though parhaps not all the modules, which may be a problem.
    Am hoping to try and get in with this as a mature student and hope to impress them enough with my personal statement and in the interview for them to let me in, will see how I get on if I decide to go for it.
    I may go for toxicology as a second/softer option

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    emmaelise

    OMG ! I remember the angst !! and the sleepless nights trying to get to … OMG ! I remember the angst !! and the sleepless nights trying to get to grips with the workings of the human body ( not literally !!) Not that I am trying to put you off or anything !! With the best intentions there is no point starting on a course of this magnitude unless you have the suitable staring qualifications. You will just get swallowed up !



    May I ask what qulaifications you had when you started (not being nosy, just so I know what kind of competition I can expect) Pm me if you'd prefer
    Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 20th Sep 2010

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    Did any of you have children whilst you were studying?

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    Mrs.Z

    Did any of you have children whilst you were studying?



    Yes I did.

    MRs. Z ur not too old or anything. if u got the desire and wana do it, then do it!

    yes its hard work, but u know that. dont regret NOT doing it because u heard it was hard, start with the degree, if it gets too much u can finish with a different degree

    good luck!

    vibe1 has 15 children with 15 different ladies.

    Mrs.Z

    Did any of you have children whilst you were studying?



    I have two, my youngest was 1 1/2 when I started


    Everyone is different.

    You've done excellent in your BTech. You'll be fine, good luck : )

    Mrs.Z

    May I ask what qulaifications you had when you started (not being nosy, … May I ask what qulaifications you had when you started (not being nosy, just so I know what kind of competition I can expect) Pm me if you'd prefer




    Hi there ! Of course you can ask.....
    I had GCSE triple award science at B grade. I then went on and did my a-levels, I got 2 B's in Biology and Chemistry. Did English Lit as well, but that is irrelevant. Have to say that I loved it and that I agree with Magicbeans. there is nothing to be worried about and you should go and give it a bash !! Fortunately I had no children then so I could concentrate on studying. It is a fantastic profession to enter into not to mention that the money is great ! If you need any other advice please give me a shout and I will only be too happy to give you a hand ! Go for it !!

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    Where's CasparWhite these days? He's probably the most qualified pharmacist on the forum!

    master_chief

    Where's CasparWhite these days? He's probably the most qualified … Where's CasparWhite these days? He's probably the most qualified pharmacist on the forum!



    he was the most qualified everything, wasn't he? is he dead?

    Mrs.Z

    That sounds very scary :(I am quite a mature student (will be 28 by the … That sounds very scary :(I am quite a mature student (will be 28 by the time I start). You are supposed to have A-level chemisitry at B grade - I have/am doing BTec Applied Science, which is a spread of all the sciences and got a distinction in the first year (which is equivalent to an A grade). The level of chemistry we are studying is the same as A-level, though parhaps not all the modules, which may be a problem.Am hoping to try and get in with this as a mature student and hope to impress them enough with my personal statement and in the interview for them to let me in, will see how I get on if I decide to go for it. I may go for toxicology as a second/softer option



    I think you will be fine. I did my degree as a mature student and started at 28 as well. It is more difficult, don't get me wrong, as trying to maintain an income and do a full time degree doesn't come without hassle, with no mummy or daddy to help with the bills.

    It sounds like you've got a good basis for applying - go for it, but I'd avoid obscure alternatives like Toxicology where there's no solid employment availability at the end of your hard work.

    Original Poster

    I really appreciate all the replies

    I need to get working on an impressive personal statement and will ask my chemistry teacher to be my referee.
    I only got 2 Cs in Dual Science GCSE. I was in the top group out of 4 but the teacher was so rubbish that I went and asked to do the foundation exam which meant that Cs were the highest I could get, even though I was predicted up to A* grades in other subjects and was in the top 2/3 students in my year. None of my teachers bothered advising me otherwise . Rant over I dont really want to go into all that with the UNI though incase they think I am making excuses I expect that getting Cs will go against me

    Reassuring to know that it isnt impossible, even with children - but I am worried about working the school runs and that.

    Perhaps an odd question, but did youse have to do the dissection like Moob? Would I be able to refuse doing it myself?

    I was considering trying to find a pharmacy who would let me work there even volutarily to gain some experience and hopefully give me an extra edge, but I expect there may be safety/security issues that may arise?

    The only experience working in a Pharmacy they can legally give you is to stack the shelves - unless you are in the position of studying towards a related qualification, I'm afraid.

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    moob

    The only experience working in a Pharmacy they can legally give you is to … The only experience working in a Pharmacy they can legally give you is to stack the shelves - unless you are in the position of studying towards a related qualification, I'm afraid.


    That's what I expected, don't know if it's worth bothering then, is it? I am short for time completing all the assignments around the kids and running the house so don't want to cut my time further for no benefit - but am wondering if it would benefit me just to have it on my statement

    How many kids have you got Mrs.Z? It may help you a great deal if you have family living close by to help you with children.


    Edited by: "Marina" 20th Sep 2010

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    Marina

    How many kids have you got Mrs.Z? It may help you a great deal if you … How many kids have you got Mrs.Z? It may help you a great deal if you have family living close by to help you with children.



    2 children/monsters - 8yo and 5yo right now, not much help available


    Mrs.Z

    2 children/monsters - 8yo and 5yo right now, not much help available



    lol, about same as mine nearly 7 and 4 1/2. I didn't have any help with kids too, except hubby of course.

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    casparwhite is on a 12 month high.

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    Marina

    lol, about same as mine nearly 7 and 4 1/2. I didn't have any help with … lol, about same as mine nearly 7 and 4 1/2. I didn't have any help with kids too, except hubby of course.



    I'm sorry, you are going to wish you didnt reply in the first place
    Were the hours something like 9-5 Monday to Friday?

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    Ha you're not mature compared to my mum she was 35 when she went to uni. I was 10 and she took me and my brother along with her during the half term breaks/inset days and sat some of the lectures. Was great fun
    Edited by: "lumoruk" 21st Sep 2010

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    Oh and i didn't realise you needed to be so qualified to be a pharmist. I'll certainly afford them more respect in future.

    Mrs.Z

    I'm sorry, you are going to wish you didnt reply in the first place … I'm sorry, you are going to wish you didnt reply in the first place :DWere the hours something like 9-5 Monday to Friday?



    No no, ask any qs, glad to help.

    Yep, Monday to Friday 9-5.

    lumoruk

    Oh and i didn't realise you needed to be so qualified to be a pharmist. … Oh and i didn't realise you needed to be so qualified to be a pharmist. I'll certainly afford them more respect in future.



    You are kidding, right?

    Pharmacists know far more about what's going into your body medication wise, than a GP ever will.

    You should have seen the dosage on prescriptions I saw over the years - would have been quite a few more dead people without the intervention of the Pharmacist!

    My friend (no kids) is in his third year of pharmacy at John Moores. He had to do a 1 year pre-med course before his degree. He was 26 when he started that, and had loads of spare time. He worked really hard about 2 hours a day and then was just a normal student (I.e. Drinking/having fun!) the rest of the time! In his 2 'proper years' so far he has maintained the same sort of exam scores but says that if he averaged it across the weeks/years he does 5-6 hours a day, more ofc in exam period. Oh, if you didn't know he still gets the same loan/grants as I always did (really quite a lot so that should help you out!). He can't recommend the pre-med year enough as a way to update your qualifications/see if you can handle the workload/decide if it's really what you want to do!
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