Our Programmes

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 East programmes by subject area
There are access programmes covering 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 which access programmes are currently on offer at each partner college.
College SWAP Access Programme(s)
Borders College Access to Nursing
Dundee & 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 Physical Sciences (Sighthill)
Access to Engineering (Midlothian)
Fife College Access to Health and Life Sciences (Halbeath)
Access to Humanities/Primary Education (Halbeath)
Access to Social Sciences (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)
Newbattle Abbey College Access to Arts and Social Science
Access to Celtic Studies (including Primary Education with Gaelic)
Perth College UHI Access to Humanities
Access to Nursing
Access to Science, Technology and Health
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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