Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (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.

You will be taught a mixture of discrete science subjects (Chemistry and Physics) along with core essential skills in Mathematics, ICT and Communications.

You can 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.

Initial units in the course include: Higher Communications, three Nat 5 Maths units, two Nat 5 Chemistry units and three Nat 5 Physics units.

Entry Requirements

This course is for those who have been out of education for at least 3 years. Entry subject to interview.

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