Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (SWAP)

New College Lanarkshire


Coatbridge Campus


Are you looking for a career change? Are science, engineering or maths areas that captures your interest? Do you have a natural ability in working with numbers? Was this an area that you enjoyed in school but for all manner or reasons you followed a different path in life?

This course provides mature learners who want to return to education, and progress to university or HNC/D courses in only one year.

Would you like to be challenged and push yourself outside your comfort zone?

This is YOUR opportunity to study for one year and gain entry to a range of science and technological courses and kickstart the NEW CAREER you’ve been looking for.

If you don’t think you are quite ready for this level of course please consider a lower-level Science programme, such as our Pathways to Animal Biology and Science or our NQ level 5 Applied Science, these courses will give you an alternative progression route.

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