• Science

    Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (SWAP)

  • SCQF Level

    Comparable to Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


Unlock your potential with the Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (SWAP) course at Ayrshire College. Designed for those keen to develop academic and employability skills, this level 6 program welcomes adult returners and anyone seeking a pathway to STEM fields.

Dive into a year of learning, gaining confidence and direct access to a spectrum of college and university courses in STEM. With STEM Assured Status, cutting-edge equipment, and recognition from prestigious industry awards, Ayrshire College is your ideal choice for a successful STEM journey.

Entry Requirements

Embark on this transformative journey with just:

  • a willingness to learn and grow
  • an interview with us

This course is ideal for people who have been out of education for a while and will be coming to college with life experience.

Course Content

Immerse yourself in a dynamic curriculum, where you may:

  • develop a strong foundation in Higher Chemistry, Physics, and Maths
  • focus on practical, hands-on experience in the lab
  • enhance skills in ICT and communication
  • explore Chemistry, covering Chemical Changes and Structure, Nature’s Chemistry, and Chemistry in Society
  • dive into Physics, exploring Electricity, Our Dynamic Universe, Particles and Waves, and Researching Physics
  • develop Mathematical reasoning skills in areas such as Expressions & Formulae, Relationships & Calculus and Applications of Higher Mathematical thinking.
  • build essential transferable skills in communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork, and problem-solving

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

Once you’ve finished this course, you may have the opportunity to:

  • apply for the HNC Mechanical Engineering or HNC Applied Science routes
  • pursue to one of around 100 university BEng or BSc courses such as Aero-Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Environmental Science
  • get a jump start on university study with either the Engineering Academy at the University of Strathclyde or with our HNC Mechanical Glasgow Progression route.
  • explore teaching options, including BA Education (Primary) and Education (Secondary) in various subjects

Connect with us for more details or start your application today!

Why Choose This Course?

Choosing the SWAP Access to STEM course at Level 6 means choosing a pathway to university courses and exciting career opportunities. Gain not only subject-specific knowledge but also essential transferable skills, setting you up for success in STEM fields.

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Start Date

Aug 2024

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