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(1) British English undergraduate degrees - especially those at Oxbridge - are mostly three years in length, not four. This is not least because you do not *have* to take any classes/courses/modules outside of your own department/school in the British English system. [Scotland has its own system, which differs.]

If Sherlock read Chemistry at a Cambridge college, there would be no "annoying English Lit" component.

My BSc (Hons) at York was comprised entirely of three years spent studying different modules in Psychology, including four "Advanced" modules , building on the previous ones, a Literature Study and a "Project" or undergraduate thesis.

York, like Oxbridge, structures its academic year into three terms rather than two semesters.

A year after graduating Oxbridge with a BSc/BA you are - under certain circumstances - able to convert it to a Master's degree without undertaking any further study or examinations.

If Sherlock were in his fourth year at Cambridge, he would have just completed his first year of PhD studies.

(2) I cannot remember the last time I saw a handwritten prescription.

NHS prescriptions in England are printed on special green paper, with the details of your GP and surgery, your NHS Number, your name, age, date of birth and address at the top. [Again, Scotland has its own system; please see comments.]

This is then signed by the GP and signed by you on the back when you go to get it filled at the chemist. People under 16, over 65 and/or in receipt of certain benefits get their prescriptions free. All other NHS prescriptions are for a fixed charge. I'm currently in receipt of free prescriptions, but when last I paid it was £7.20 per prescription.

ETA the bits in red, because England and English things are not true for all of Great Britain. Which I knew but didn't think about when getting this off my chest. Sorry.


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Jun. 11th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, the prescription stuff is interesting! The scrips at the doctor where I go now are printed off the computer and signed, but I don't know if that's growing more common in American doctor's practices or not.
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
I don't know about the US. I just know I keep seeing John "grabbing his prescription pad" or "scawling a script" in fics. And it BOTHERS me. :(
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Jun. 12th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
I am SO sorry.

If this were a meta rather than a peeve I would have checked about Scotland, because I do know when I think about it that you have your own education and health care systems which, like the legal system can differ from that in England and Wales.

Sorry. Editing to change British into English. (Since the rant was Sherlock-fandom based and most people conclude that Sherlock went to Oxbridge (which TBB sort of confirms with its reference to breakfast in the formal hall) and John works in London, peevishness remains, however. But that was lax and ignorant and I apologise.)
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Jun. 12th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Well, technically there's no canon reason that I'm aware of why Sherlock *couldn't* have studied in Edinburgh, St Andrews or Dundee (etc). Especially as I seem to remember that when I was going through UCAS applications, most Scottish universities demanded higher A-levels than most English unis. :-)

As you say, a thousand interesting differences between Scotland and England. Separate legal systems, courts called different names, different prints of the same currency, utterly separate education systems... And that's while we're both still in the United Kindgdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Who knows what the future holds if the SNP win Separation?

(This reminds me why I found SGA so daunting - I was very aware that I'd need a Scot-pick, an Ameri-pick AND a Canadian-pick to be able to write for it!)
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