Access to Medical and Life Sciences (SWAP)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus


This is an intensive course which aims to prepare you academically, and to give you the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need, for entry into university or HNC/D courses.

As well as providing a sound grounding in the theoretical basis of medical and life sciences, the course contains a significant amount of stimulating practical activities. Much of the practical work will be of direct relevance to local interests, industries or topical issues, and will ensure you acquire a broad base of laboratory knowledge and expertise.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the course, however, you must be able to demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation. All applicants will have a personal interview and you will be advised of the most appropriate pathway. You may be required to take a Maths/English skills test to gain entry onto the course.

Progression Routes

HNC/D Applied Science 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