Alex Beale from Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow is a fourth-year student of BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation. Alex went to secondary school in Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown and it was here that he became interested in chemistry and decided to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry. With Carlow just a short drive away and an excellent level 8 degree in pharmaceutics and drug formulation available on SETU’s Carlow campus, applying to SETU Carlow was an easy decision to make.

Study in Carlow

Carlow is only a short 20-minute drive away from Bagenalstown and the college provided a course that I thought sounded interesting and that I wanted to do. Chemistry was my favourite subject in school so it made sense to follow this interest through to third level and choose a course around this area.

Lecturers are really nice

All of the lecturers are really nice and easily approachable when you have a problem or if you need help working things out. The small class sizes mean that the lecturers know students by name and usually have some idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the student which is great when you go to get help or advice from them. The course content can be challenging so it’s good to know you have that support.

A lot of opportunities

I hope to work within the pharmaceutical industry, which will give me a lot of opportunities to expand my own knowledge. Having work placement available on this course really helps to give a sense of what it’s like to work in this field. The sector is thriving now, offering great career opportunities both in Ireland and abroad. I feel very positive about my choice of course.

Sense of community

The sense of community within the college itself is what I like most about it. Everybody knows each other and is very friendly, it’s a great characteristic of the college. While some friends from school also came to study here, I’ve also made sure to make lots of new friends too. There are people from all over Ireland and the world on campus.

Take time to think about your future

Make sure you pick a course that you will enjoy, if you’re not sure, take the time to think about your future. Get in touch with SETU and find out as much as you can about the courses available on each of the campuses in Wexford, Waterford and Carlow.

Open days are a great way to find out a lot about courses and campuses as tours and talks run throughout the day and student and lecturers from each discipline are on hand to give first hand accounts of what the courses involve.