Access to Paramedic Science (SWAP)

New College Lanarkshire


Motherwell Campus


This course is an ideal stepping-stone for an individual who wishes to, more quickly, gain entry to a degree qualification without the need for sitting formal SQA higher-grade qualifications.

Although Paramedic Science is the main goal for most, you will almost certainly be thinking about other medical related courses that are equally as interesting and in demand, such as, podiatry, food science and nutrition, biomedical science, bioscience, microbiology etc. we will help guide you to a final destination.


The course consists of units that include:-

Biology and Physiology – Level 5 and 6; Higher Care: Development and Behaviour, Social Influences and Values and Principles; First Aid; Mental Health Understanding; Chemistry – Level 5 and 6; Numeracy and Maths for Science; ICT; Communications and Literature 1.

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of 4 clear years out of formal education (ideally 5 years). You must have some experience working as a qualified First Aider, working within a care setting or have voluntary experience with local First Aid Responder groups or similar. People with experience working in other uniformed organisations will also be strongly considered.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

BSc in Paramedic Science

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Healthcare and Social Services

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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