I study medicine at UCL and am currently in my third year. The past three years have gone by very quickly and much has been covered in that time. UCL Medical school opts for a ‘traditional’ system of teaching similar to that of Oxford and Cambridge, where the first two ‘preclinical’ years are dedicated to understanding the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of the body that will then be built on from clinical years 4-6. From what I experienced over the past two years, it is a jump from A-levels, but not necessarily in terms of hardness of the content, but simply on the workload. Both preclinical years, mock tests are set at the end of term 1 and 2 to gauge progress, but all exams (4 in total) are sat over 3 days in the middle of May. This is stressful, and there is a lot to cram for during Easter revision. An additional difficulty is the lack of past paper practice which you are used to from A-levels, so finding alternative ways of testing yourself on facts is essential. A strong positive culture in the Medical school however is the student support – there are always older years happy to help in terms of advice and notes. I am currently in my third year, which is the bridge year between the pre-clin and clinical years, and is a year having the opportunity to do research in a variety of deparments. I feel that that ability to do this is one of UCL’s strong points – it provides the opportunity for a Bsc along with your MBBS degree, and also allows you to immerse yourself into key research taking place – I for example am doing Neuroscience and have thoroughly enjoyed this year. Overall, I am satisfied with the uni and am looking forward to the three more years ahead.