SWAP Access to Medical Sciences

This course is designed for those who have been away from education, typically for two or more years, who want to progress to a range of Higher Education courses relating to medical studies. 

Course content

The programme is a combination of primarily science-related SQA units at Higher level and, in the case of chemistry and biology, up to HNC, along with the core skills required for university study. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

Entry to the programme is subject to interview and external reference. As part of the college entry process you are likely have an entrance test covering literacy and numeracy.

A range of criteria is used to decide who will join the programme. The interview will provide an opportunity for the potential student to discuss the programme with a representative of the College.

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.

You should be aware of the work experience required for the progression routes and be able to discuss the relevance of your experience. Details are specified on the university websites. As an adult returning to education there is an expectation that you will be able to draw on both vocational and life experience.


Applicants to the University of Glasgow Medicine and Dentistry degrees are required to undertake a UKCAT aptitude test. As the aptitude test process begins prior to the medical studies programme, commencing it is the responsibility of the student to complete the UKCAT application. We recommend students leave sitting it as late as possible to allow time for practice. You must make sure to book it in time though.

Selection process information


Progression routes

SWAPWest 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.

University of Glasgow - Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine

University of Strathclyde - Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences

Glasgow Caledonian University - Biological and Biomedical Sciences

In addition, a wide variety of access to science progression routes are available from all of these partner organisations, together with the University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling and the Scottish Rural University College. These include forensic science and bioscience degrees, amongst many others. Details of these additional progression routes will be made available in October.

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


1 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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