This company operate many websites here are the ones i found.http://www.getmetrained.co.ukhttp://www.getmetrained.comhttp://www.rplearning.co.ukhttp://www.metrocourses.comI booked a course called "Level 3 Housing Practice"Its a social housing Edexcel BTEC Level 3 course.The course has no course work at all.Just a doc file with links to books.Plus there were not enough questions to get a cert , only an award.Tee website header was "insert your logo here"Rank amateurs.Still trying to get my £500 back.
Last year i completed an NQ Retail Travel (Higher) at Motherwell College in Scotland.
This year i am back at the new £70 million college doing my HNC Travel in the hope of becoming a travel agent in the near future.
The course covers a range of topics as follows
Communication - Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication - this class requires you to identify and extract pieces of information relevant to a certain type of person. It includes delving further into a text and identifying factors which may not be obvious at first glance.
Creating a Culture of Customer Care- learning how to identify customer needs and dealing with complaints in a professional manner.
Retail Travel Practice - extracting information from holiday brochures in order to process a booking according to customers requirements.
Structure of the Travel and Tourism Industry - identifying how the travel industry is built up through researching various roles.
Spanish for Work - higher level of Spanish covering various subjects.
Information Technology - computer based, learning various packages including powerpoint and spreadsheets.
International Tourist Destinations - researching popular tourist destinations abroad and identifying legal requirements and activities to do whilst on holiday.
Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness - this class required us to pick 2 goals and detail our sucesses in the form of a diary and portfolio and completing a review and presentation towards the end.
Air travel - learning about airline policies, requirements and how to do airline bookings.
Applying Marketing Principles - not completed as yet
There is also a travel graded unit that carries over 2 terms. The project for the past 2 years has been to plan a wedding abroad with a difference. This project involves alot of research and takes up alot of time.
A fulltime course is 1yr and part time is 2yrs. The course allows you to progress to second level HND at university or at another college.
I have enjoyed the course so far though it is so much more work compared to last year and i am struggling to keep up due to being absent with my son being ill on a regular basis. The course requires commitment and determination. At Motherwell college, you have the opportunity to go on a study visit abroad. This year we are going to Barcelona for 3days in March.
I studied Film and Literature at University, and it's amazing to hear people entirely disregard the "Literature" part of that sentence, and then immediately ask me questions such as "Isn't that a bit of a doss?" or "Oh, sounds fun and easy then". Infuriating though people's ignorance might be, I tend to ignore it as I know I love what I do, I enjoy it, and I know that I have what it takes to succeed as an expert in the field.
My main argument is that the field of Film is essentially the same as English: you analyse a text from its historical, cultural and thematic angles, with the added areas of aesthetics and performance that obviously novels do not have. People presume you're just watching Transformers all day, but it is, in my opinion, a far more intellectual subject than people think, and it even encompasses far more aspects than Literature, which is generally considered a "classic" arts subject. The problem is that most people don't recognise the artistic sensibilities of film, nor its intellectual applications, and so through their ignorance try to put other people down, which I find rather depressing simply as a look at how passive-aggressive and self-effacing we are as humans. Nevertheless, I and those on my course are very enthusiastic about it, and we can discuss it in a way that most people could not, so I do take some pride in that. It encompasses so many other subjects - Philosophy, History, Sociology, and English - that I find it amazing it isn't more respected.
There is far more depth to the subject than most people know, and I didn't take it as some "soft option": I did it because I'm hugely enthusiastic about it, and know that I have a future in film criticism in some capacity, be it as a journalist or as a published critic.
I hope that eventually Film becomes more accepted, because Literature was held in the same regard a few hundred years ago, and is now fairly well regarded. I'm all for intellectually discussing its merits, but what I can't stand is the pig ignorance of intellectual snobs who look down their nose at me with their Maths and Science degrees. It's a different type of analytical intelligence, and while they'd probably have an easier time doing my subject than I theirs, it doesn't change the fact that you need a more abstract and esoteric mode of thought to do it to the high First-grade standard that I manage.
I may not be curing cancer or helping the world with my studies, but damn if anyone's going to diminish my artistic achievements.
I am currently studying a web design course at my local college. The course itself is only at the intermediate level but it's a pre requisite before undertaking the next level. The college has a huge range of course available from the academic to the vocational which seem to leave very few stones unturned. The course is ideal for me as it's a 10 week course which only requires 3 hours each week as a night course.
The course is structured so that a tutor is on hand to answer any queries we are having but mostly encourages us to be proactive by providing a series of handouts for us to undertake. Once we have completed the handouts and feel confident enough to begin the assignment we can. This provides the flexibility and incentive of finishing the course early. One of the real pluses of night classes is you can be guaranteed that no one present has gone there with the intention of messing around or distracting and so you can reap the best out of the course without these irritations.
It also helps that the teacher has a sense of humour and clearly does not fall into the serious teaching mould. However with that said he is able to provide the help needed to fully assist you when required. I am now on week 3 of the course and feel quite confident about the main aspects now.
As mentioned there is a huge number of courses to choose from and this has helped provide and maintain my incentive for further learning at this college. Therefore overall I am very impressed with the organisation, professionalism and areas of interest covered.
There are so many courses out there available at university to do. You always need to be careful as you need to choose the right course in order to carry your education further.You need to make sure when choosing the right course about what will happen after it.
Most of us will choose a course and not know what happens after it. I think the best way would be to choose a course which later on offers training to which makes it easier for those wanting to work in their chosen sector after finishing university.
When you take courses at university the big headache comes about accommodation if you stay away from the uni. Remember those on low income always check if you can claim a grant which can help pay towards the course which you learn about.
Courses can help you learn more about the career you want in the future. By taking a course in university you are getting better knowledge. For me it worked out this way as I have better knowledge of the career I wish to work in. It is much better if you find your course and make sure it has training as this will help a lot. Remember if so many people are doing the same course as you then do not expect a job guaranteed after taking a course.
It is very important when deciding upon which university course to undertake that you do as much research as possible as if you are taking a full time course then the subject and the destination you choose are going to be your home for the next few years especially if you study away from home.
The course choice is the first priority, some people have a set career that they wat to pursue and therefore the decision over what course to study is an easy one as if you want to be a doctor or a vet then your choice is effectively made for you. For me it was an easy choice as I always wanted to be a dance and as such the main decision was what route I wanted to follow into the profession where a university education is not a requirement.
If you have no real idea then it is important to choose a subject whiuch you enjoy and are passionate about, remember you could be studying for three to four years so it is imporatnt to look at the whole course and not just the first year.
When deciding on what type of institution you need to know what your predicted grades will get you into, pointless applying for Oxford or Cambridge if you are not predicted at least three A grades, similarly you do not want to sell yourself short either. You also need to decide on whether you want to be in a big city or on a self contained campus as the experience can be very different. I always wanted to study in London as that is where the action is so it was again easy for me. Always make sure you visit for the open days or just on your volition as it will help you decide.
Finally you have to consider the costs as the other option is to live at home and study which can be cheaper but you lose out on the independence studying away can bring.
When it comes to choosing a University course one must think very carefully. Universities like to advertise themselves as fair and open minded institutions for learning, a place where people can fill their curiosity to help them fulfill their future goals. However, in reality this is nothing of the kind. While some may enter University and choose simply based on what they find interesting, this is a very foolish mindset to have. In reality one should choose a course simply based on what it will help them achieve in the future.
The first point one must understand, the structure of University courses is far from fair. You see, some are set up in a way that no matter how much effort one puts into it, they will be lucky to achieve more than a 2:2. On the other hand there are other courses with half the effort, one can easily achieve a first class.
The easiest way to get on the career ladder after graduating is through a graduate program. To be accepted on a graduate program most companies if not all require a minimum 2:1 degree. Therefore it doesn't matter if you studied nuclear physics and just failed by 1 mark to achieve a 2:2, the lazy person who studied media studies and achieved a 2:1 will be accepted on the graduate program. These days everything is automated and computerized in the same way as a drinks dispensing machine. To get your drink you have to put in a single one pound coin, it doesn't matter if you stuff a £10 note inside since it only recognizes £1 coins. The same goes for obtaining a degree. Therefore, register for the easiest course, obtain a 2:1 and there will be the future possibility of a career.
The next point I would like to point out is that while plagiarism is officially considered cheating, it is considered acceptable as long as no one finds out. I have many friends that have studied business, rarely attended lectures but when it came to coursework assignment they simply copied from the textbook and changed a few words, achieving top grades. Technically it's not plagiarism since the words have been slightly altered but in reality it is.
You see employers don't care about intelligence or academic success; they want to hire people who will make them money. Someone who knows how to plagiarize and cheat yet gets away with it will be an asset to any company.
However for those who insist on study a course they find interesting but difficult, it would be better to study it in one's own outside of University. University is not a place of learning, it's a place to achieve top grades no matter what. Choose a course that will guarantee a 2:1 not one that is interesting.
Courses are generally designed to train you for related work, or give in depth information about a given subject. In my lifetime, I've done quite a few different and varied courses, with mixed results!
Firstly, after high school, I decided to do microbiology at Glasgow University. As I hadn't done biology at higher (AS level I think, if you're English), I actually found first year difficult. In first year I picked 3 modules; biology, chemistry and introductory mathematics. I didn't put in much effort, and it showed. In second year I chose 12 biology modules. I think there was a choice of 25. (I could have chosen to do chemistry instead, but although my grade was better in chemistry than biology, I really despised chemistry!). At the end of 2nd year, I had to choose what subject I wanted my degree in, and this was when I chose Microbiology. After 3rd year, I could have left with an ordinary degree, but chose to do honours. This consisted of 4 modules plus a practical laboratory based research project. Overall, I really enjoyed studying microbiology, but I think there could have been more cohesion in the lectures and labs in 3rd year, as they were disjointed, making it difficult to consolidate the information. The labs and reports were sometimes extremely difficult, sometimes I would just really not understand what to do in the labs, or for the report, and the lecturers were not willing to help you as they deemed this unfair to the other students! The research project was also interesting; the level of guidance given depended on the supervisor you had. I had a great supervisor who was mostly in or near the lab, and would always help if I didn't know something. Some of my friends had supervisors who were never there, or didn't explain anything. After my degree, I found it really difficult to find a job, as most research assistant jobs required a degree, biomedical science jobs in the NHS required accreditation and most industry based jobs required experience. Eventually, I did admin for a while, then managed to get a specialist lab based graduate job in the NHS. However, I had to travel 2 and a half hours each way in a 3 part journey, work with faecal samples and the people I worked with were absolutely vile! While I was at this job, one of the girls that I talked to from a different department told me that I could 'top up' my degree to be accredited professionally if I did certain modules dictated by the professional body IBMS (institute of biomedical and life sciences). I previously didn't know this could be done, so I decided to apply.
In between, I did a saturday morning jewellery making course at Glasgow Metropolitan College. This lasted 10 weeks and was mostly metalsmithing. I enjoyed it and made a couple of pieces that I like (one was too small for me though lol). The pace was relaxed, the tutor was nice, and there were some really nice people there. I realised, though, that I prefer making beaded jewellery. My gallery is www.flickr.com/photos/johaari
I was quite surprised at how fast it was to apply to do modules at Glasgow Caledonian University. Doing the modules cost me £1400 altogether, but since the pay for a trainee is around £25k, and there are supposed to be enough jobs to go round, I decided to try it out. Some of the modules I was told to do were 1st and 2nd year modules (cells and biomolecules, immunology) and were reasonably straightforward for me as I had previously covered a lot of the material in my microbiology degree, whereas the other modules were 3rd year ones (clinical biochemistry, haematolgy, systematic and cellular pathology) and were much more difficult. Although I really enjoyed studying, some of the labs were quite demanding, in terms of what you needed to work out and what could go wrong, and the report required afterwards. I actually ended up in tears after one lab, where I had redone my experiment 3 times, then found out my dilutions were completely wrong, so my whole 3 hours of labwork had ended up in a failed experiment, even though I was the last one working in the lab. The lab supervisor was not sympathetic - she blamed it on the fact that there had not been enough practical work in my degree. Maybe so, but at that point I felt like a failure, and wasn't sure if I wanted to continue doing the modules. After this point, I decided to keep going. I passed all my modules first time with decent grades in May, so was quite happy. I am now looking for a job - AGAIN. As I have some lab experience, I hope this will give me a little bit of an advantage, though some people have done a placement year. I have had one interview for a job at my level, and didn't get the job :( though I still need to phone them back for feedback - I have a feeling they will say they that another candidate had more experience.
At the moment I'm finding it hard to find a job. Any job. Doing the courses I have done has given me the practical and knowldge based grounding I need to do the job, given me confidence, and the opportunity to meet some fantastic people who I probably wouldn't have talked to otherwise. When choosing a course, I would recommend checking whether the establishment you are applying to is reputable, whether the course is good (the prospectus will usually tell you whether the department has any prizes etc), whether you think you will enjoy it (do your research - try and talk to someone who has done it, do some internet research, and try to contact someone in the department for an informal chat), and whether it will help you in your goals (whether that is to get a job, in which case, check if courses in your sector require accreditation of a professional body, whether there is an option to do a placement or 'sandwich' course, or whether certain practical subjects are required; or for your own interest).
While I search for a job, I have been doing some voluntary work at a charity shop, and I have also applied to be a volunteer literacy and numeracy tutor. To do this, I have to complete a course that runs every Thursday evening from 6-9pm. So far I have been to one, and again have met a lot of fab people. The course is also a lot less formal than my academic ones, and I'm enjoying it so far, together with the fact that I will hopefully be able to contribute to my community at the end of it!
If you are dithering about whether or not to do a course, I'd say take some of the factors I've mentioned into account, as most courses are not free (although you can get an ILA from the government to help pay for it - google ILA, or maybe a grant, in Scotland you would contact the SAAS). Some colleges have taster courses at the beginning of a term which are free or modestly priced, which give an introduction to the course. Or, if you wanted to take another route, you could do some voluntary work in the sector you were thinking of - I'd say this is useful and a real eye opener!
Hope this review has helped, and good luck with any courses you decide to do!
If you want to do a Ph.D., here's some tips to remember.
First of all, as I say to students thinking about doing a higher degree, how much do you WANT to do it? This may seem strange, but the thing to contemplate is that doing a higher degree course, especially a Doctorate, requires a great deal of intellectual stamina and determination.
A Doctorate is a degree by research, that is you pursue a given topic and produce a thesis at the end of it (it could take anything from 2 to maybe 6 years or longer), which you then usually have to defend in a viva voce verbal examination against acknowledged experts in the particular field. This examination may last for an hour, or several hours. At the end, the principal examiner (the external) has the right to refuse you the degree, or request specific amendments to your thesis in order for you to pass and subsequently receive the title Doctor.
What the prospective Doctoral candidate needs to bear in mind is that this type of work is very isolating; it is not like doing a normal first degree, with your peers there to share the experience with. You're very much on your own, with intermittent sessions with your supervisor. This, in itself, can be a disappointing experience if your supervisor is constantly away, or changes jobs and moves to another country, or maybe is just too lazy to do his or her job properly. It happens.
Through all this, you have to support yourself; unless you're lucky and have acces to a private income, you will have to work to put food on the table and house yourself. This, in addition to struggling to write a 90,000-word thesis (dependent on the subject area, but this is normal in, for example, Social Science doctorates) that is good enough to pass muster and convince your examiners that it is up to standard.
The usual criteria for this originally meant producing a totally original piece of work but, as the reader may understand, this is extremely difficult so now it's more about 'adding to our understanding of a given area of investigation'
So - if you want to test yourself, be aware of the ups and downs; the feeling of accomplishment is very satisfying, but the agony of failure must be awful.
I am studying music at Leeds University. The course offers a wide range of topics that you can choose from each year. There are several versions of the course. BA music, BApopular and world Musics, Bmus performance with year abroad, Mmus, PHD and music technology. You can also study music as a joint honour with loads of other things including languages. In first year you do a mixture of study skills, practical, performance and history of music. In second year you can branch out and specialise in texts and contexts. Some of the topics offered were Elgar, African music and Bach. The lecturers make the topics so interesting especially the world side as they have done a lot of field work and travelling. They have also written loads of books that help you with the course. I really love the BA popular and world course and this is what I shall hopefully be graduating with. I recommend this course to all musicians who love performance, world music, popular studies and love to meet other musicians.
My company have recently signed up for several courses with a sales training and management development company called MLP Training (http://www.mlptraining.co.uk).
The trainer for all the courses with MLP Training is a guy call Mike Le Put. Mike is an author, publisher, trainer and motivational speaker. All of the programmes are recommended by the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management. He was an extremely nice man and very easy to learn from and follow.
One of the courses I took was called "Getting Appointments over the Phone", it was a one day course and is designed to develop your skills in successful telesales.
The objectives and learning schedule for the course is:
I'm too busy
Put it in the post
I'm just collecting information
Leave it with me
I'm not in the market
I can't afford it
We always use another supplier
Tell me about it now
I don't need it
You should contact someone lower down
I'm going on holiday
How much does it cost?
You're too expensive
You'd be wasting your time
The main thing that I learnt from this course is that with confidence and conviction in your sale, you will get that face to face appointment. I have been very impressed with the increased amount of appointments and ultimately sales I have been able to achieve following this course. Mike really helped me to achieve this.
I was pleasantly surprised at what a highly interactive workshop this was. In every exercise we were about to related the learning back to our own specific areas, which I found extremely helpful.
The course fees include lunch, refreshments and all course materials.
The venue is at the Bolholt Country Park Hotel in Bury. The hotel is extremely beautiful and includes full use of the pool and leisure facilities. I enjoyed a lovely walk around the lakes and parkland. To make life a lot easier there is also free wireless and email internet access and private parking.
I found the information and training immensely beneficial and the advice given is priceless. The course was thought-provoking and of great benefit to both me and our company. Since attending the course I find that the practical help and advice given is something I use every day. I would thoroughly recommend this course, I enjoyed every minute of it.
I couldn't find a section for this so hopefully its found a home.
Of late I have noticed the massive amount of airtime on SKY given to these distance learning courses and programmes, from the Skillstrain, to Driving Instructor 'College' to Computeach and a whole raft of others, these are starting to really annoy at every interval, ok they've paid for the airtime but they rarely give you the low down you REALLY need to make a balanced decision.
For example, lets take the IT distance courses in general, bearing in mind most have an aptitude (got the money needed? good YOU'RE IN!) test and then tell you that 'places are limited' (i.e. we have 10,000 'places ...) and that it will ONLY cost you the best part of 3 grand (give or take another 2 or 3) plus for say an MCSE course and that's for the bare bones, now take the fact that Bill Gates ain't daft and adds/changes/deletes parts of the MCSE each year, thus giving these companies an ever ready supply of cash i.e. your money. What they DON'T tell you in the glossy ads i.e. like the ones with the guy in the donkey jacket moping home all forlorn and dejected, does an IT course and next time you see him hes in a suit with a flash car, chances are with a basic IT course under your belt you'll be lucky to get a 12k a year job as a field engineer fixing pc's in some crap hole company that's too tight to pay for its own IT staff somewhere in the country, oh you get a Renault company van (whopppee!) and thats IF you're lucky to find a half decent entry level job in IT nowadays.
If it was all glitz and glamour why is it that 11% of IT graduates can't get a bloody job? So you've got to question the validity of these courses and what they promise.
And its worse if you're unemployed, they just don't want to know (you can't pay!) but you CAN have a CDL , career development loan (aka a bank loan on 'preferential - to the bank anyway - terms).
And you'll be paying the bugger back at 80 quid a month or more for the next 3 years regardless of whether you actually get a job at the end of the course, if degree educated (cough) graduates can't get a foot in the door then you've got little or no chance, unless you know someone who can lever you in, and i have it on GOOD authority that IT agencies will rip you off as you walk in the door and run you ragged something chronic, so you have to ask yourself, do you really want that crap and runaround all the time? I certainly wouldn't.
There's a local IT trainer near me, they charge about 3,500 quid and specialise in ex-forces (as they get a joining civvy street bursary) so the moneys already there, they proffer the promise that they guarantee you a job (but no mention of salary , i'd say 10-12 if you're lucky and take it or leave it...) so all these great, super 'where's the porche?' IT courses are not going to make you rich in the IT world overnight.
I worked for an insurer once, the IT guy in the building was on 16k i think having left the RAF and he did every course they threw at him, when I asked him why, he said that they paid shit money for what he did plus night call outs and weekends for little or no premium and that to quote 'i'm gonna take the bas*tards for everything they have' and then when he's got all the qualifications he needed he said he'd be off like a shot, good for him.
It really peed him off when he was on holiday for 4 days and they booked an agency guy for 5, so there was a bit of an overlap, and when the agency guy told him what the agency paid him he went nuts!! nearly DOUBLE the rate the company was paying, but the downside was that work wasn't very fluid at the best of time, so when it came up in week blocks you took everything you could. Welcome to the world of IT ... no thanks!!
In brief, lets take the 'be your own boss' driving instructor, all you need is a driving licence... they say, yes, and a bank balance to pay the buggers as you certainly won't be getting rich quick, but they will !!
What the miss out is the fact that people (or a lot of people) haven't got oodles of cash nowadays, a lot of independent schools have gone to the wall , so those instructors left join (fight?) a slot in a known agency like BSM, AA or some similar one, usually at some considerable expense.
There the fairy tale ends, and it turns into the nightmare you dreaded, as you're usually out at 8am on the road, back at 8pm, ( I knew a neighbour once who was an independent, he was out 12 hours a day M-S and said that he JUST made enough after all the bills and such like to make a livable wage) so its 12 hour days if you're going to make the 'i'm on 30 grand a year' promises, with the smiling drip in the car or the guy 'taking it easy' in the cafe, plus every weekend usually and late nights too, so this isn't the alleged 9-5 job they make out, then you pay a cut to a school if you have one of their slots, then there's insurance, personal tax if you're self employed, it all adds up. Exactly all the nasty off putting stuff they DONT come out with in the shiny advert.
I think that advertising rules on both TV and paper media should be changed so they HAVE to tell you the expected cost, not just a vague 'financial commitment required' (HOW BLOODY MUCH ????) Because they do the hard sell through the call/sales centres to get you hooked and spin you all the bullshi* on how great it is ...
A load of codswallop I say, too little information, and to test it, find an online IT provider and contact them by email, start off by asking them how much the courses are and say you don't have much money ... i bet a tenner you don't get a reply if at all, as if they can't smell that 3 grand plus you have burning a hole in the wallet they're not one iota interested in paupers or those who may not have the ready funds, so emails are always 'screened', based on potential to pay, as those with an initial question of costs usually mean there's a financial issue at hand. Now try sending another email starting with 'i have been recently made redundant and have 8,000 to spend on IT training, can you help' (you're DAMN sure we can help, now how much exactly of that 8 grand do you have left Sir??)
You'll get a PHONE CALL let alone a bloody email within 24 hours ... guaranteed, they'll fight for your money !!
I suppose some courses do work for some people, but you've got to ask yourself with the current IT market in a steady global decline and companies laying off, just exactly WHERE are all these jobs they promise you???? Answers on a postcard to 'Bill Gates ain't stupid' ... !!!
In a word, a long gravy (skills?) train for the IT course companies, full of empty promises on the road paved with gold coins but little to show at the end and in all honesty, a fool and his money are easily parted, enough said eh?
Most of these 'IT companies' know the same amount about 'training' as I do how to bake a cake ... naff all !
And as all good cakes are in the eating , have a munch on these post links ... interesting reading indeed, especially the first one ..
And on their own site an interesting 'interpretation' of the decline in IT roles and salaries, hmmm the juries definitely out on this one !
This one below made me laugh, this is the skillstrain site front page, starts off with an immediate contact form, they dont want to hide it away under mounds of info because they WANT you to contact them, it says 'begin the journey' !! If its anything like British Rail you're going nowhere - fast.
This one is two years old posting wise, but wise it is. the blurb on the site belies the smooth talking sales rep who's gonna 'do a double glazing job' on you and get you to sign up for THREE years (34 months in fact) at 70 quid a month, so you'll spend 3 years in hock to them, and whaddya get at the end? A nice 'glossy certificate' whopeee!!!
This one for computeach is a HORROR story, smooth talking salesman, 29% APR loans, profiling and more bluff and bluster than ken dodd's tickling stick, only you won't be laughing ...
or buyer beware ...
Loans, loans, loans Oh to be a driving instructor ...
That's all folks, should generate some interesting feedbacks ... I would NEVER EVER use these type of training courses as they are only after one thing, as much money as they can screw out of you for as long as possible - and usually sod all worth to show at the end apart from a piece of paper. i'd sooner chance my arm with a fake Degree off ebay, it's got more credibility than these sharks.
The Media Production course was always my first choice when it came to filling in my UCAS form. I also new that it was also a lot of other people's first choice. The Media production course is for those wanting to get into the production side of film and television. Subjects on the course include animation, scriptwriting, film and TV production. You will choose one of these to specialise in in your second and third year. Your first year you will try all three and gain background knowledge in production techniques (sound, camera, editing, lighting etc...) I was one of over 400 people who applied for a place for 2001. Only half of those were invited for interview, including myself. In all, only thirty-eight are chosen. At interview you have to show a portfolio of film work and demonstrate a high degree of talent and commitment. This is the universities flag ship course. Most of the money the university gets goes on media resources. Ok. Staff are all incredibly dedicated to their own specailism. They want to get the very best out of you and are highly respected by all students. Each year has there own tutor who will help you out with any general or personal problems. Everyone is approachable and highly trustworthy. The modules are all practical based, except for the theory lecture. Here you view and critically discuss popular films. Every first year student is trained in how to use proffessional standard editing equipment, camera, lighting and sound. Short films are made to gain practise and experience. In the second year you choose your specialism in one of three areas: animation, scriptwriting or film production. For the next two years you work towards making your final year project (a film or script). We do not do a dissertation because of the amount of work it takes to make are films. Equipment on the course is excellent. There are three avid editing machines, one transfer bay for digitisng media. Six Final c
ut pro editing machines, a full screen cinema, sound room, film processing lab, animation studio, proffesional video and film cameras and all other technical equipment (lights, microphones etc...) Equpiment is always being improved because the university invests heavily into the media course. Library facilities are EXCELLENT for relevant research. The course has a lot of links with proffesional media companies because the course is quite resepcted. Job opportunities are higher than most media courses because graduating students are in high demand from this media course. The university in general is modern, friendly and in the top ten art and design schools in the country. Of course, there is always Newcastle istself which is famous for its football and it's nightlfe.
Just a short run down on the good and the bad, based on student views on the teaching, QAA ratings and employment prospects from various sources Good Law, NBS courses (Execptions BIT, Financial Services), Computing, English, History Bad Geography, Economics, Politics (Above three very weak), Mathematics (If you haven't got the points for Newcastle do the foundation course there in preference to Northumbria Average Psychology, Sciences, Health based courses This is just my view, please don't take it as gospel. I have left out courses when I don't know enough. Also avoid Economics at Newcastle, very disorganised according to friends.
For anyone considering a career in Physiotherapy, Nottingham should definitely be considered when applying to universities. It is not an easy course to get on to, with nearly 40 applicants for every place, but with enough work experience and the right grades it is possible. Not only is the course well organised, the integration of theory and practice is excellent. It is a high demand course and the volume of material covered is vast, which may discourage some people from pursuing it. However, the hard work is well worth it. As well as this, it is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends, after all, you need to be prepared to take your clothes off in front of each other! The University itself is fantastic and the city of Nottingham complements this with a vibrant nightlife and many sources of entertainment.