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Date of Review Sep 14, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
Student Type Traditional
From Leitrim Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I was always good at biology and science, wanted to work in a caring, medical profession and was interested in rehabilitation of some sort.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Indifferent

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

Although I do like the course, there is a severe shortage of job prospects. At the end of the day there is no point liking your career if you have nowhere to practice.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

21-25hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

Off

If off campus, does this affect you and how?

Almost all our lectures are off campus from second year on, mainly in the Trinity centre at St James hospital. Study wise this is not really a problem as there are library facilities there too. However, we are quite far from the main campus. It makers it more difficult to keep up with friends, to find accommodation close to both campus and James, and you miss out a bit on the general college buzz.

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

There is quite a large practical component and the classes and Placement can be quite interesting and good ‘craic’. Although placement can be thought, it does reminded you why exactly you choose physiotherapy in the first place and you get to experience exactly the type of work you will be doing once you qualify.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Although I enjoy placement, it is probably the toughest part of the year. Students get very little say as to where they are placed around or outside of Dublin. It can involve a lot of early mornings, long days, and often study or assignments on top of placement reading. It’s normally in the middle of the term too so again you miss out on loads of the social side of college life. It can also work out quite expensive if you have a long commute and it is difficult to juggle both placement and a part time job.

Was your course what you expected?

No

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

I wish I had researched the role of a physiotherapist a little better. Although I knew it wasn't just sport I didn't really know anything about their involvement in areas such as respiratory, cardica rehab, and women’s health. Also you study anatomy in first and second year which means working with cadavers, so that came as a bit of a shock to a few people.

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