What it's like to be a Medical Science student

Lucy Young, Medical Sciences degree

Lucy Young from Gloucestershire is studying Medical Sciences at USW. She is one of our student ambassadors, so you will meet her at Open Days and applicant days.

"I came to USW because it felt like such a tight-knit community and made me feel very much at home.

Medical Sciences provides an alternative route into Medical School if, like me, you just missed out on an undergraduate place.

Every system of the human body is covered in years one and two, from neurology to the musculoskeletal system. It gives us a good understanding before we are potentially let loose in the dissection room in the third year!

Unlike with other biology courses, Medical Sciences students get hands-on clinical experience, both at university and on placement.

The Clinical Practice module allows us to develop our clinical skills including, basic observations, basic and advanced life support, manual handling and phlebotomy and cannulation.

We have a specialist clinical skills suite at Upper Glyntaff specifically for this module.

If you aren’t sure whether you want to go on to medicine or postgraduate research, we have labs that we use for biochemistry, microbiology and genetics to improve our practical lab skills.

It is important to have a good work-life balance whilst at university to ensure that you take a break from studies to unwind and relax. The university has over 20 different sport teams and many societies to join.

I play badminton twice a week and has proven to be a great stress reliever, especially during exam season."