Access to Life Sciences (SWAP)

Ayrshire College


Kilmarnock Campus


In Human Biology, you’ll focus on four main topics:

Human Cells (stem cells, somatic and germline cells, cancer cells); Physiology and Health (reproductive organs and gametes); Neurobiology and Communication (the nervous system and the brain); Immunology and Public Health (defences, infectious diseases and immunisation)

There are four in Chemistry too:

Chemical Changes and Structure (controlling reaction rates and periodic trends); Researching Chemistry (the relevance of chemical theory to everyday life); Nature’s Chemistry (food and everyday products such as soaps, detergents and skincare); Chemistry in Society (industrial production of products).

You’ll also look at areas of physics, such as Waves and Optics, and Radioactivity; forensic science techniques and maths units at National 5 level.

Entry Requirements

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

Progression Routes

Access to STEM allows progress to HNC/D or Degree level courses in various science subjects after one year of study.

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