City University London
Islington | South East England
Ucas code: C60
What students say about this university555 comments (157 students)
I don't eat on campus to save money, but transport links are good. The bus (to and from Liverpool Street Station) is cheaper...
I don't eat on campus to save money, but transport links are good. The bus (to and from Liverpool Street Station) is cheaper than getting the tube to Angel. The bus stop is directly outside the uni whereas it's a ten minute walk to the tube station.×
Extracurricular activities. There are not many extracurricular activities in the university and there is a lack of the sense of...
Extracurricular activities. There are not many extracurricular activities in the university and there is a lack of the sense of belonging to the university community×
Teaching staff a lot more involved in learning then I thought they would beReport
Unfortunately I can't say much about accomodation as I currently live at home. Although I have had a look into their resources...
Unfortunately I can't say much about accomodation as I currently live at home. Although I have had a look into their resources only and it appears to be quite alright but once again I am unaware of how exactly things are.×
In the first year, there is teaching from Sept through to December, with exams at the end. There are three days of uni each...
In the first year, there is teaching from Sept through to December, with exams at the end. There are three days of uni each week, split between midwifery and biology. If you had A level biology, it was mostly repetition for you, although well taught and sometimes in more depth or new areas. The midwifery was enthusiastically taught, but was chaotic in the sequence it was done, so we couldn't always get as much out of it as we might otherwise have done. So, in the first semester, it's only preparation for the exams, and what with a practice paper, I think we were all well prepared. The second semester is all portfolio of practice. With this, there is very little support, and you cannot know whether you are on the right track until you hand it in at the end. Everything needs to be dated, signed and graded, and learning to track down midwives willing to do this, becomes a talent of its own. There is also the OSCE, which is a terrifying practical exam. You are well prepared for some parts, but for others, it's based of rumours from second and third years, so facebook is as much a source of knowledge as the year handbook. At the end of the year, there is also a 3000 word essay to do. Although this is interesting in its own way, the tutors have managed to put the deadline for it, only a week or two before the portfolio needs to be handed in. They could not have chosen a better date to make it more stressful for us! While you are on placement, you will receive no feedback from tutors. You will see them on the occasional uni day, but as they do not see the work you do at the hospital, they have no way of knowing how well you are doing. The only feedback you get is from the midwives, and then only from some, if they are in the right mood. There are rooms to book with friends so you can practice before your OSCE, but with everyone having different shift patterns, this is useful in theory rather than practice. There are lots of computers on campus, and the library is good enough, so doing research is and work at uni is easy enough to do. I'm not trying to put you off being a midwife, but don't believe the tutors when they say that there is always good support available. The best thing to do to help you through, is to make good friends as quick as possible during theory so that you'll have a good circle of friends you can rely on when the going gets tough, and then you can still enjoy the wonderful side of midwifery without relying on uni.×
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction83%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students18,145
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate53%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time22%
of students are part-time
Male / Female55%
of students are female
Young / Mature22%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK40%
of students here are from outside the UK
Student union satisfaction57%
of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union
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