Access to Medical Sciences - An Introduction (SWAP)

Glasgow Clyde College


Cardonald Campus


Access to Medical Sciences (An Introduction) is run in partnership with the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is designed for adults who wish to return to education after a break of three to five years.

This course is aimed at applicants who have relevant experience and a good understanding a medical related career path, but who don’t yet have the required academic knowledge to progress to Access to Medical Sciences directly.

You will study:
Biology (National 5 and Higher units); Chemistry (National 5 and Higher units); Maths (National 5 units)
Physics (National 5 unit); Communications (Higher level).

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is subject to interview and external reference. There will be an entrance test covering basic Biology, Chemistry and Maths knowledge. Your personal statement on the college application form is very important.

Due to the high level of Chemistry and Biology on the SWAP access programme students will be expected to have some appropriate qualifications in these subjects.

Progression Routes

SWAP West programmes are designed to provide entrance qualifications for adults for degree courses. Each year universities update their progression courses. The following are examples of possible progression routes: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biomedical science, biological and biomedical sciences.

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