Ever wondered what it was like to study a placement course? I did too, so I chatted with Emily Loaring, a second year Diagnostic Radiography student to find out how she was doing after her first year on the course. It seems like she really enjoys it, so read on to find out about her typical days, what she does to relax and what she does around the uni.
What is your typical uni day like?
So, we normally have three lectures a day on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:30 and they’re about an hour and a half each. We also get a half an hour break and an hour for lunch as well, so it’s quite nice. They’re quite chilled and we usually do a specific module a day so we can focus on that one on the day and don’t have to worry about jumping between three different ones!
They’re mostly lecture based, rather than practical. In the first year we had a lot of image viewing sessions over at the Atrium, but at the moment we’re doing a lot of theory. Most of our practical stuff is on placement, so we learn a lot of that by doing it.
What is your typical placement day like?
We normally do 8:30 until 5:00 with an hour for lunch, four days a week with one day off for a study day. Depending on what year you’re in depends when your study day is. I get Friday off, so I get a nice three day weekend!
We also do shifts depending on what year group you are, so in third year you might start doing night shifts because you have more experience. We rotate through departments as well, so we spend four days in a department and then move on.
What was the application process like?
It was quite easy because I applied through UCAS, so once I uploaded my personal statement and chosen my course, they pretty much did it all for me. Once I got accepted, I got my interview so I came up to the uni. I did an exam in the morning for English and Maths skills.
Once I passed those, there was an interview in the afternoon. It started off with a group interview where we were given a discussion topic to see how well we worked in a group. Then we went to three individual stations and got asked questions about our personal statements, what you would do in certain scenarios, why you want to study the subject and things like that.
How do you study work and home life?
I live on site on placement and so do lots of people on my course, so we do things together. I’ll go down and see everyone or we’d go together to the restaurant or bar. It’s good to have a support network in place because we do see things on placement, especially if we’re working in Trauma or in the ICU (Intensive Care) or A&E.
It can be really distressing, but I have a good support network in place and I’m with people going through the same thing, so I can branch out to them. I can get advice from them and we can comfort each other which is really nice. The lecturers and supervisors are also really good, especially if I don’t understand something, I can speak to them and they’re all really responsive.
What is your favourite thing to get involved with around uni?
There are lots of different sports and societies to get involved in. I’m currently Vice President of the Christian Union which is really cool. Getting involved in societies is a really good way of making new friends and meet people who aren’t on your course because you can easily isolate yourself with only people on your course.