Our Programmes


Edinburgh College are recruiting now for their new Access to Medical Studies programme. They have recently agreed progression route opportunities into Medicine with the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen. This new programme will run at their Sighthill campus on the west side of Edinburgh and also offers progression routes into other areas of Biologicial and Biomedical Science. 

As well as this, at Edinburgh College, there is also a new Life Science programme being offered which will give progression routes into Access to Secondary Education (Biology/Chemistry) as well as many Health and Life Science degrees. 

Edinburgh College have also added an Access to HNC Childhood Practice to their SWAP programme portfolio.

North East Scotland College
are planning to run new SWAP programmes in Medical & Life Sciences, and Engineering to add to the new programmes they started last year in Nursing and in Arts & Social Sciences with Primary Education.

New Access to Nursing programmes are being offered in the north of Scotland:
West Highland College; Orkney College and Shetland College.

Watch this space as well for 2 more new access programmes in the pipeline for 20/21:- 

Borders College's Access to Teaching.
Inverness College's Access to Arts & Social Science with Primary Ed

New from 18/19 and recruiting again for this year:-
Fife College's
Access to Engineering 
D & A College's
Access to Physical Sciences
Inverness College's
Access to Nursing
North Highland College's
Access to Nursing
Newbattle Abbey College's
 Access to Primary Education

All SWAP East access programmes are full-time (18-20 hours in class per week), are delivered by local colleges and run from August to June. The subjects studied depends on both the course and the college, but the majority of the units will be at SCQF level 6 (Higher level). Students are assessed on their performance throughout the year.

Those who complete the programme are each awarded a profile grading that reflects their individual performance. Any university offers you receive are likely to be conditional on you achieving a specific profile grading.
SWAP Access programmes cover a wide range of subjects.  These can be grouped into 6 broad categories:

The access programme you should apply to do will mainly depend on what you wish to progress to study later. Find out which access programme you need for entry to different degree programmes using our
progression route finder. Or contact us for advice.

If you are based in Glasgow or the west of Scotland, or wish to go on to study at a university there, go to the SWAP West section for details of access programmes running in that area.

SWAP East Programmes by College
The table below shows the complete list of access programmes currently on offer at each partner college.
Borders College Access to Nursing
Dundee and Angus College Access to Community, Education and Humanities (Gardyne)
Access to Life Sciences (Kingsway)
Access to Physical Sciences (Kingsway)
Access to Nursing (Gardyne)
Access to Nursing and Social Services (Arbroath)
Access to University Study (Arbroath)
Edinburgh College Access to Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Milton Road)
Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Sighthill)
Access to Languages with Business (Sighthill) 
Access to Life Sciences (Sightill)
Access to Secondary Education (Biology/Chemistry)
Access to Physical Sciences (Sighthill)
Access to Engineering (Midlothian)
Access To Medical Studies (Sighthill)
Access to HNC Childhood Practice (Sighthill)
Fife College  Access to Health and Life Sciences (Halbeath)
Access to Arts, Humanities and Primary Education (Halbeath & St Brycedale, Kirkcaldy)
Access to Nursing (Halbeath, Stenton, St Brycedale and Levenmouth)
Access to Engineering (Stenton)
Forth Valley College Access to Degree Studies (Falkirk and Alloa)  NOT CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED SESSION 2019/20
Inverness College /UHI Access to Nursing
Newbattle Abbey College Access to Arts and Social Science
Access to Celtic Studies (including Primary Education with Gaelic)
Primary Education Access to Higher Education
North East Scotland College Access to Arts, Social Sciences and Education
Access to Medical and Life Sciences
Access to Nursing 
Access to Engineering
North Highland College Access to Nursing
Orkney College Access to Nursing
Perth College /UHI Access to Humanities
Access to Nursing
Shetland College Access to Nursing
West Highland College Access to Nursing
West Lothian College Access to Biological Sciences
Access to Nursing
Access to Social Sciences
Access to Teaching
How to apply
To apply to any of our programmes, you should apply directly to the college at which you want to study via their online application system. Click on the programme link above to go straight to the college website.

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