NQ Access to Biological Sciences (SWAP)

2019 applications open in January 2019. Register your interest below.
Start Date: August 2018
Level of Qualification: National Units
SCQF Level: 5/6



This course is a good option for adults looking to return to education after a break of 3or more years, or 5 years if you already hold SCQF level 6 or above qualifications. It is designed to give you the knowledge, core skills and confidence to progress onto degree courses in forensic science, biology, chemistry and the health related professions.

Further information about SWAP Access courses can be found at www.scottishwideraccess.org


One academic year


You will gain knowledge and expertise in a range of subjects including biology, chemistry, cell function, mathematics, communication and information technology.


Although no formal qualifications are required, entry is by interview. To meet SWAP eligibility you have to have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years or 5 years if you already hold SCQF level 6 or above qualifications. You will need to take a brief pre-entry test to help ascertain your levels of literacy, numeracy and ability to cope with the demands of the course.

What to include in your College Application Statement? Check out our guidance here: College Application statement guidance


Education: Possible progression to an HNC/D or year one of a degree course at another further or higher education institution.

Interview Arrangements

Please expect to be in college for around two hours.

Please complete the personal statement of not more than 300 words covering the following points, and bring it with you to your interview.

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience/volunteering experience/life experience
  • Personal qualities and interests
  • Reasons for applying for the course
  • Challenges that you will face as a mature student returning to full time education

You will also be required to complete a Numeracy assessment.

For advice on your interview and how to achieve success please visit here: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/nail-your-college-interview

Watch a video of what you can achieve here: https://youtu.be/dZYYFkUtPFc


Course Enquiry

If you have any questions regarding this course, please complete the course enquiry form below. The Admissions team will respond to you as soon as possible.

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