Access to Radiography and Optometry (SWAP)

New College Lanarkshire


Coatbridge Campus


This focussed course is for adults returning to education who wish to study the subjects of Mathematics and Physics along with some human anatomy in the hope of progression to degrees in Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Physics, Optometry or Ophthalmic Dispensing.

The course will contain both the National 5 and Higher levels in Mathematics and Physics. You will also require to complete a double credit unit in English communications and a higher level unit in ICT. There will be other numerate units on offer to ensure that you have the best possible level of support for your progression.

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

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of 3 clear years out of formal education and a history of good mathematics qualifications from school but for whatever reason you did not continue in your studies.

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 into any study within the NHS is subject to PVG Disclosure Scotland Criminal Records checking.

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 Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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