Access to Medical Studies (SWAP)

Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


The Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) to Medical Science is a full-time course lasting one academic year taught at Edinburgh College’s Sighthill campus. This course is designed to prepare you for further study of medicine or dentistry at a university degree level.

You will learn a combination of academic units such as Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics taught at a Higher, HNC and HND level. These units will give you the core skills needed to apply for a place at The University of Edinburgh or The University of Aberdeen on their undergraduate Medicine (MBChB) degree or a place on the undergraduate Dentistry BDS at University of Dundee.

Course includes:
Biology (Level 6-8); Chemistry (Levels 6 and 7); Mathematics (Level 6); Communications and Literature (Level 6); Cell Biology (Level 7); DNA and Genetics (Level 7); Biochemistry (Level 7); Human Body: structure and function (Level 8); Preparation for Higher Education.

Entry Requirements

National 5 Maths, Biology and Chemistry, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. You are expected to have recent experience of working or volunteering in a health care environment, or of shadowing healthcare professional. Interview and maths test. It is expected that candidates will currently be working towards completion of the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) (

You must have been out of education for three years (five years if you possess Highers or equivalent), and must not already have a degree.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of this programme with the required SWAP profile grades will give you a potential route into the following undergraduate degrees: MBChB in Medicine at the universities of Aberdeen or Edinburgh; BDS in Dentistry at the University of Dundee; BVM&S in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

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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