Access to Health and Biological Sciences is run in partnership with the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is designed for adults who are thinking about returning to education, after a break of at least three to five years. The course will introduce you to a range of science subjects to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for application to the first year of a Health Science related degree programme at university or HNC course at SCQF Level 7.
SWAP negotiate university places at a range of universities for students successfully completing their SWAP course.
The course is accepted by partners in lieu of other entry qualifications and includes intensive guidance to develop confidence and core skills.
What will I learn?
- Biology (National 5 and Higher units)
- Chemistry (National 5 and Higher units)
- Maths (National units)
- Physics (National 5 and Higher units)
- Information technology
Entry requirements (minimum)
- There are no formal entry requirements but you should typically have had a break from full time education of three years if you have previously studied at National 5/ Intermediate 2 level, or five years if you have previously studied at Higher / HNC level. You must be able to demonstrate an aptitude for science and show that you have a good knowledge of career path you wish to follow.
- Life skills, experience and maturity are important factors that will be considered with your application.
- Communication and numeracy skills are essential. An entrance test will be used to confirm communication and numeracy skills are at the right level. An additional core skills test may be required.
Your personal statement is key to supporting a successful application as places on the course are limited. Please ensure you detail all relevant work/life experience and the reasons you wish to study this course.
- A reference will not be required as standard, but may be requested as part of the application process.
For further information about the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), please visit the SWAP website.
Employer and industry links
This course is designed for university progression, all partner universities have very strong links to employers and industry.
Jobs and further study
- First year entry onto a range of specialist Allied Health degrees at Glasgow Caledonian University including Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, Oral Health Science and Paramedic Science.Please note that the level of Physics on this course is not sufficient to progress to Optometry, Orthoptics, Diagnostic Imaging or Radiotherapy and Oncology.
- First year entry to Biomedical Science degrees at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Strathclyde and University of West of Scotland.
- First year entry to various life science and biological science-based courses at the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland and the University of Stirling.
- University of Glasgow will consider students who have performed very well on the SWAP course for their Bachelor of Nursing Honours degree. Applicants considering Nursing are advised to consider the emphasis on Science in this course. The college also offers Access to Nursing which may be more suitable for some applicant.
Successful completion of the SWAP course also allows progression to HN Science courses at Glasgow Clyde College including:
- HNC Applied Science
- HNC Applied Science (Enhanced course in partnership with the University of Glasgow)
- HND Applied Biological Science
- HND Industrial Biotechnology
These can lead to a range of employment such as laboratory based work after 1 or 2 years or university progression into Year 2 or 3 of Scottish degree programmes. We have strong employer and industry links through our HN courses, several students having gained employment directly.
A full list of current progression routes can be found here on the SWAP website.
It is important you make sure this course is accepted for the specific programme you want to progress to. If you are unsure, please contact us to discuss your options. Every student has a different background; previous experience or qualification can widen options further.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, 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.
When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application(remember to check your junk/SPAM folder if you do not hear from us). We we will be in contact as per the following stages:
- Following an Initial review of your application, which will consider the content of your personal statement, you will be invited to attend an online Information session where you will find out more about the course.
- After the information session you will be sent a link to allow you to complete the literacy and numeracy test
- If you perform satisfactorily in the literacy and numeracy test, you will be invited to an Individual interview which will take place via Microsoft Teams at some point between March and June.
You will be informed of the outcome by email within 10 working days after the interview. There are four possible outcomes:
- unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
- conditional offer: your place is secured, pending meeting the entry requirements
- waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted.
- unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria or did not meet the necessary level at the skills test. You can call the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days or risk losing your place. If a place is unavailable at your first choice of campus, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within 14 days.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further details such as joining instructions, induction date and funding information.