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SWAP Access to Physical Science

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

The course will develop your knowledge and understanding of subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Maths.

SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) courses are designed if you have few or no formal qualifications and have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years (5 years if studied Highers or a Higher National course or similar level).

SWAP Access courses provide you with an alternative route into higher education and are designed to give you intensive academic preparation as well as the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need for entry into higher education through recognised progression routes at Colleges or Universities in Scotland.

For more information on SWAP courses please go to Scottish Wider Access

What you will learn

You will cover a range of National 5 and Higher subjects such as

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Information Technology
  • Communication
  • Preparation for Higher Education.

All SWAP students are required to participate in and complete Preparation for Higher Education (HE). Preparation for HE will assist you in researching and visiting universities. You will be expected to work as a team and on your own to complete this module.

How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed on each unit
  • All units within the course must be achieved to gain the full award 
  • You will be tested on your theoretical and practical skills 

Number of days per week

  • 4 days per week

Entry requirements

  • Students should be ordinarily resident in Scotland. Please contact the SWAP East Office at swapeast@ed.ac.uk if you are not sure about your eligibility.
  • Candidates must have been out of education for three years (five years if you have Highers or equivalent) and must not already have a degree. The course is NOT intended for school leavers.
  • Applicants applying from a level 4 or 5 access course will be required to achieve 65% or above in each - Physics, Chemistry and Maths. This should be achieved at first attempt. All assessments must be completed during the SWAP course, regardless of previous achievement for Profile Grading purposes. 
  • Students who already have a university degree are not eligible for a SWAP programme. Any applicant who has been to university but did not complete may be eligible if there are special circumstances. Please email SWAP for advice BEFORE applying at swapeast@ed.ac.uk.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • Entry is by informal interview and a short, Mathematics entry exam. All candidates are interviewed to ensure that the appropriate course is chosen and that the applicant can cope with the amount of work involved.
  • Applications should include a strong personal statement that clearly indicates the candidate has researched progression routes and has a clear idea of the degree and career they wish to pursue. Applications may be returned to candidates who do not meet these criteria. 
  • Progression information can be found at: https://swapsurvey.org/progression/east. 
  • Applications to repeat a course will only be considered if there are places available – this will be reviewed in August. This includes students who have previously been given an opportunity to complete the course or apply again.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  •  A large range of degree courses is offered by the universities in East and Central Scotland including:
    • Edinburgh University
    • Edinburgh Napier University
    • Heriot-Watt University
    • Queen Margaret University
    • University of Dundee
    • Abertay University
    • University of St Andrews
    • University of the Highlands and Islands
    • University of Aberdeen
  • For Physical Science students this course can lead to a range of Maths, Engineering, Physics and Physical Science degree options at university
  • Successful students have access to over 100 degree programmes including Physics, Civil Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and more

Career options

A range of science-related careers.

Find out more on the Scottish Wider Access Programme website

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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