Access to Life Sciences (SWAP)

Course Content

SWAP Access courses are designed for learners who are looking for a change in career direction. It is an intensive course which aims to prepare learners academically, and to give the opportunity to develop the skills required for entry into university or HNC courses. Learners will study a broad range of subjects including units in Chemistry, Maths and Biology as well as core units in Communications and IT. 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the course however, applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation. Applicants will have an interview and may be required to take a Maths skills test. To be eligible to enrol as a SWAP Access student, applicants must have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years if they previously studied level 5 qualifications, or 5 years for level 6 qualifications.

Method of Assessment

Assessment is by end of unit tests/completion of course work. At the end of the year, learners will be given a grade profile in Maths, Chemistry and Biology.

Future Prospects

Successful completion of the course will allow entry to a range of degree programmes. Information on SWAP Access programmes, including eligibility and progression routes, is available from

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Kingsway Campus

  • Start Date

    21 Sep 2020

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area


  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page