Today, I visited my first university open day of 2019 and I thought that I’d share my experience with you! I visited the Guy’s Campus at King’s College London to take a look at their Nursing, Sport and Exercise Medical Science and Graduate Medicine courses.
King’s College London
For me, the Guy’s Campus of King’s College is fairly conveniently located. It’s almost directly opposite London Bridge National Rail station – which I can get a direct train to in just under an hour from my local station! Personally, I think that travelling into and around London is fairly easy – so that’s a plus point. The Underground network and Oyster scheme really put ease into getting places once you get your head around it!
The campus itself isn’t huge, which is a good thing as it means that it isn’t too overwhelming. It has just the right balance of greenery and ‘urbaness’, especially being right in the heart of London. There are many facilities based on the Guy’s campus such as a library, lecture theatres, labs, places to eat and drink and even accommodation. There are other facilities based at the other King’s College campuses too – which are at Denmark Hill, St Thomas, Strand and Waterloo.
The entire campus is a smoke free environment as they are huge on safe air quality in London and are even conducting their own research on the amount of emissions children living in London boroughs are exposed to. I think this is really great because they are thinking about the future and the health of children! King’s College do a lot of research, especially medical based, and they are part of the Russell Group of universities in the UK.
I attended a general talk about life at King’s College in one of their lecture theatres and I found it interesting. There were three speakers – a women who was clearly some form of management at the university, the vice-principle of the Student Union (KCLSU) who was a post-graduate student and a current undergraduate student. They all gave a wealth of information which allowed me to gain an insight and feel for the university. They even showed a video about personal statement tips for when you apply!
Additionally, I attended a Sport and Exercise Medical Science talk, lead by one of the heads of the faculty. It was much more interesting than I thought it was going to be! He spoke about how the course, which essentially combines sports science with medicine, is quite new and upcoming – only taking their first cohort last year. He also described the structure and modules within the course in a fair amount of detail which was very useful, as well as explaining what the course could lead on to. It had many different follow on options including masters in professions such as Physiotherapy and Dietetics and also Graduate Entry Medicine, as well as research based PhDs as well.
I didn’t attend a nursing talk, but I did speak to one of the current nursing students who explained a bit about the structure of the course, including the placements that you do. I also saw some simulation things that students use when learning certain procedures such as delivering babies and taking blood pressure. I managed to wrangle some freebies from this department as well!
I didn’t do much else there, except visit the student union desk, but I did enjoy it quite a lot. The open day allowed me to get a real feel for a city based campus and learn about the different courses. I think that I’ll definitely be considering this uni when I do my application!
I’m going to five more university open days too:
- University of Brighton at Falmer – 22nd June
- St George’s, University of London – 29th June
- University of Portsmouth – 3rd July
- University of Southampton – 6th July
- University of Sussex – October 2019
I will then have to narrow my options down to five choices to put on my UCAS!
I hope you enjoyed this post – look out for more open day posts coming through in the next few weeks!
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