Access to Chemical and Life Sciences (SWAP)

New College Lanarkshire


Coatbridge Campus


This course provides learners who are returning to education the opportunity to study for one year and gain entry to a range of science and technological courses at HNC, HND or Degree level in various colleges or universities.

The qualification gained on completion of this course will also provide you with an opportunity to diversify into other areas of study within the Chemical and Biological Science areas. The course is structured to develop practical and investigation skills at Higher Level.

You will be taught a mixture of discrete science subjects (Chemistry and Biology and Physics) along with core essential skills in Mathematics and Communications. Where possible the science subjects taught will be tailored to the individual student which will allow students progression to their HNC/HND or Degree path of their choosing. You will develop your learning over the one year from SCQF level 5 to Higher level. On successful completion you will have the opportunity to move directly to Higher Education after one academic year.

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of 3 clear years out of formal education (ideally 4 years), a history of good mathematics qualifications from school but for whatever reason you did not continue in your studies, you should be able to demonstrate a good level of work ethic from references and attendance records and demonstrate a strong interest in the Sciences and a firm career aspiration.

You will need to be physically and mentally fit for working at a desk, in front of a computer and standing for periods of time in a laboratory before applying for this course.

You will be interviewed and your numeracy skills will be tested during the interview period. You will also have to supply two (2) references that show your ability to learn and be successful.

Progression Routes

Successful students can progress onto first year university, HNC/HND Level courses or to a range of Further Education or Higher Education courses.

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