Science, Technology and Health Related Degrees - Access (SWAP) Higher

What is special about this course?

This course provides you with an ideal introduction to a career in science, technology, biotechnology or in health related studies.  As well as an excellent grounding in a variety of scientific fields, it will also give you the skills and knowledge you need to have before you can go to university.

Entry requirements

You should be able to demonstrate a keen interest in studying science at university.  A minimum of three passes at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, including Biology, are desirable, as is some previous chemistry experience.  The success of your application will depend on interview. 

This course is also a SWAP course, so if you have been out of full-time education for a minimum of three years and have less formal qualification, you may also be eligible.

You can tailor this course to suit your interests.  Topics include biology; chemistry; environmental science; mathematics; information technology and communication; with options in human biology, physics and english.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching and practical hands on

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


What can I do on completion of my course?

The Access programme should open up higher level study options including the HNC Applied Sciences or our unique Pathway to Medicine course.

This course prepares you for a wide range of career options in science, physiotherapy, podiatry, technology and health based industries.  Further study may be open to you at degree level in science, technology, environmental or health related science fields.


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We are no longer accepting applications for 2017/18

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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