Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SWAP)

Ayrshire College


Kilmarnock Campus


This course is mainly units from Higher Chemistry, Higher Physics and Higher Maths, with some supporting subjects to help you prepare for a future career in STEM. It also offers a significant practical element, so expect plenty of ‘hands on’ experience in the lab.

In Chemistry, you’ll focus on three main topics:

Chemical Changes and Structure (reaction rates; atomic structure and bonding; formulae and reaction quantities; acids and bases); Nature’s Chemistry (food and everyday products such as soaps, detergents and skincare); Chemistry in Society (industrial production of products).

In Physics, you’ll look at four:

Electricity, including electrical storage and transfer; Our Dynamic Universe (kinematics, dynamics and space-time); Particles and Waves; Researching Physics (practical investigation).

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. A place on the course is subject to an interview process.

Progression Routes

Progression onto an HNC/D or degree level courses, including Engineering Academy in partnership with Strathclyde University.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


STEM - Engineering and Science

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General