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Access to Science (SWAP)

  • Campuses

    • Paisley
  • Course type

    Full time

  • Level

    SCQF 6

  • Campuses

    • Paisley
  • Course type

    Full time

  • Level

    SCQF 6


Why study at West?

With all three campuses situated on main transport hubs, all within 30 minutes of Glasgow City Centre, West College Scotland is an obvious choice. Our wide range of courses provide an exciting opportunity to study Science in our friendly, supportive surroundings.

With a long-established reputation for excellence in this area, you’ll join our award-winning team of students and highly experienced staff, learning in sector-leading laboratories. We’ll also offer advice and assist you in making decisions on your future progression routes

What will I learn?

At our Paisley campus, you'll learn:

  • Three units of National 5 Chemistry
  • Three units of Higher Chemistry
  • Three units of National 5 Biology
  • Three units of Higher Biology
  • Three units of National 5 Maths
  • Communications
  • Guidance and preparation for higher education
This course is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP)and is aimed at adults who want to return to education and to progress to degree or HNC study. The SWAP partnership with Universities in the West of Scotland will provide you with the opportunity to apply to a wide range of degrees. On successful completion of your programme, the partnership will provide you with the opportunity to study on a relevant higher education course at college or university.

What qualifications do I need?

If you're aged between 16 and 21 you'll need English and another subject at National 5 or Intermediate 2 level (preferably Maths or Science). If you're a mature student, you can apply with little or no qualifications. For a place on the course you'll need to take a written assessment.

If you're invited to an interview, please bring proof of your qualifications.

What can I do after?

Following the successful completion of a higher-level qualification in science, students can be employed in a wide range of occupations in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences. There are also many careers open to science graduates who would prefer to use their science knowledge and skills outside of a lab setting. Opportunities exist across the public, private and voluntary sectors - from business, health and communications, to research, policy work and teaching.



Programme Information

Start: August

End: June

Duration: 1 year

Study options

Campus Mode Level
Paisley Full time SCQF 6

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