News for 2024

New Medical Studies Access Programme

Dundee & Angus College have a new Access to Medical Studies SWAP course starting in August 2024. 

There are also now confirmed progression routes from all our Access to Medical Studies courses into Medicine at Dundee University.

Looking to study remotely?

UHI Perth is offering online SWAP programmes  for remote learners, designed for adults living in Scotland who do not have easy access to a college campus.

The Humanities programme has routes into primary teaching, social work, community education and many different social science degrees. Their Access to Health & Life Sciences programme can lead to degrees in the Life and Biological Sciences field as well as pathways into some of the allied health profession degrees. See our Progression Route Finder for all the degree options.

UHI North, West & Hebrides are also offering an online Access to Nursing program. You can choose to study at your local campus or online.
General Information

  • All programmes are full-time, running from August/September to May/June. 
  • Level is SCQF 6 (except Access to Medical Studies, which is SCQF 7)
  • SWAP 'profile grades' are based on continuous assessment, not final exam results. 
  • The programme you do determines the courses you can progress to - see here for all progression routes.
  • Please  read Is SWAP for me? to make sure you are eligible to be a SWAP student.

Read what students from previous years have to say about their experience on SWAP access programmes.

Click on the links below for more detailed information on SWAP access programmes in each subject area. 

Programmes 2024/25

Borders College Access to Nursing
Dundee and Angus College Access to Social Sciences (Gardyne)
Access to Life Sciences (Kingsway)
Access to Nursing (Gardyne)
Access to Nursing (Arbroath) 
Access to Medical Studies (Kingsway)
Edinburgh College Access to Nursing
Access to Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Milton Road)

Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Sighthill)
Access to Languages with Business
Access to Life Sciences (Sightill)
Access to Physical Sciences (Sighthill)
Access To Medical Studies (Sighthill)
Access to Engineering (Midlothian) (Not running)

Fife College  Access to Health and Life Sciences (Dunfermline)
Access to Arts, Humanities and Primary Education (Dunfermline)
Access to Nursing (Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth)
Access to Engineering (Glenrothes)
Forth Valley College  Access to Nursing
Newbattle Abbey College Social Sciences: Access to Higher Education (SWAP)
North East Scotland College Access to Social Sciences, Arts and Education
Access to Medical and Life Sciences
Access to Nursing 
Access to HNC Social Services
Access to Allied Health Professions
UHI Inverness Access to Nursing
UHI Moray Access to Nursing
Access to Nursing (2 year programme)
UHI North, West & Hebrides Access to Nursing (Online)
UHI Orkney Access to Nursing
UHI Perth Access to Humanities (Online)
Access to Nursing
Access to Science
Access to Health and Life Sciences (Online)
UHI Shetland Access to Nursing
West Lothian College Access to Biological Sciences
Access to Nursing
Access to University (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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