Access to Medical Sciences (SWAP)

Glasgow Clyde College


Cardonald Campus


This SWAP Access to Medical Sciences course is a very challenging course that is designed for those who have been away from education, typically for two or more years, who want to progress to a range of Higher Education courses relating to medical studies.

The programme is a combination of primarily science-related SQA units at Higher level and, in the case of Chemistry and Biology, up to HNC, along with the core skills required for university study.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is subject to interview and external reference. There will be an entrance test covering basic Biology, Chemistry and Maths knowledge. Your personal statement on the college application form is very important.

Due to the high level of Chemistry and Biology on the SWAP access programme students will be expected to have some appropriate qualifications in these subjects.

Progression Routes

SWAP West programmes are designed to provide entrance qualifications for adults for degree courses. Each year universities update their progression courses. The following are examples of possible progression routes: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biomedical science, biological and biomedical sciences.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


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