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This is very much course dependent and will probably differ term to term. I know for me (Ecology and Conservation) the contact hours are quite limited in third year compared to first year, especially as my modules work on a 5 week basis, as apposed to the more "normal" 10 week rota. But I also know degrees (Biology/biomedical) where the contact hours are very much consistent through second to third year.
Either way, you would expect to see more independent study and less contact hours across the board - as a general rule. With reading really coming into the main part of studying as you approach exams (summer).
From personal experience, you feel like you don't have a lot on, but are always busy, which is a weird contrast but good in my eyes.
Hope this helps.
Jake (third year at Lancaster University)