Access to Biological and Chemical Sciences (SWAP)

Glasgow Clyde College


Langside Campus


This SWAP Access to Biological and Chemical Sciences course is for adults returning to education and is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding required for application to the first year of a university degree programme or to HNC courses in Science.

Subjects include: Biology (Higher Units); Chemistry (Higher Units); Maths (National 5 Units); Physics (National 5 Units); Communications (Higher); Information Technology.

Assessment will be continuous with a mixture of practical and theoretical assessments. There is no final examination.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Applicants will usually have been out of full time education for at least 2 years. You will be invited to attend an interview.

Progression Routes

HNC Applied Sciences.

1st year entry of Degrees relating to Chemistry or Biology, or in applied areas such as Biomedical/ Bioscience, Food Science, Marine Science, Marine Biology and Zoology.

SWAP partners include Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, Stirling University, UWS and GCU among others, although this qualification is also accepted by other universities throughout the UK who are not SWAP partners.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General