Events in November

UWS STEM Afternoon - Tuesday 27th November 2018
All SWAP Access to Science students are invited to attend the UWS STEM Afternoon at University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus from 1pm-3:30pm on Tuesday 27th November 2018. This includes Access to life science, health, chemistry, biology, engineering and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
This event will give you information on and a taste of studying science at the University of the West of Scotland.
The session will include:
- Welcome and introduction to science degrees available at UWS
- Two science taster sessions (choose from biology, chemistry/forensics and engineering)
- Tea/coffee with lecturers and support staff
Please register for the event at the following link:
After completing the registration web form, you will receive a confirmation email with all the event details and a link to a campus map.

If you have any questions about the UWS STEM Afternoon, please contact the SWAPWest office on 0141 564 7206 or send an email to

- SWAP Higher Education Fair 2018-19

The purpose of this event is for you to meet with university representatives and former SWAP students to find out more about the courses on offer before you have to finalise your UCAS Application and Personal Statement.

The event will be held on Friday 16th November in the Hamish Wood Building 
on the campus of Glasgow Caledonian University, and is set to run from 11:00-14:00 on a drop-in basis. 

The following university partners will be represented on the day:
  • Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

You do not need to register in advance for this event. Simply drop in whenever suits you to do so. The main stands will be in the Lantern Room. Follow the posted SWAP signs on the day. 

If you attend this event, you should make a record of it by filling in the Miscellaneous Prep for HE form, as attendance will count as part of your Preparation for Higher Education (Prep for HE) unit.

 Prep for HE (November)


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To get the current SWAP "buzzword" and to ensure that you apply to university correctly as a SWAP student, please watch the videos provided, download and view the Power Point presentation linked below, and then download the UCAS Application Guide (Word document) also linked below, print it out and keep it nearby when you begin the process of registering for UCAS and completing your application. 

 <youtube_logo_square_png_i6.png> UCAS for SWAP Students [VIDEOS] 

- Download the following documents.

You may wish to then print them out and keep them handy while you're working on your application. 

A comprehensive guide to help you successfully register as a SWAP student on UCAS, and then complete your application. Contains the SWAPWest buzzword and other important information. 
Are you daunted by the prospect of writing a personal statement? Would you like some help? Download this guide to get started. 

Complete the exercise on Page 12 of the above Personal Statement booklet, then download these guidance notes to go over your answers.

This chart outlines the UCAS application process.

A copy of the presentation which can be delivered by SWAP on request.

Visit the official UCAS web site to get more help and support in
 making your application to university. 

- Want to study Psychology? Be aware!

UCAS Course Codes:

Please bear in mind that some subjects (e.g. psychology) are offered across a number of different "schools" or "colleges" or "faculties" within a university, and it is your responsibility to identify the correct code for the course to which you wish to progress from your programme. 


If you are studying on an Access to Humanities/Social Science programme, then you may only apply for courses within the Arts or Social Sciences.

If you are studying on an Access to Science/STEM, then you may only apply for courses within the Sciences.

If you input the wrong code on UCAS, you will receive a rejection from the university, and there is nothing anyone can do to correct your mistake at that point.

Read the above guides carefully, watch the videos provided, and 
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to avoid making a mistake that may have long-reaching consequences for your future plans in education.

- PHE09 - Study Diary (November) (complete online)

Complete this Study Diary entry by around mid-November.

- PHE10 - Interview Skills

* If you are planning to apply for the more competitive professional degree courses (e.g. Primary Education, Social Work, Nursing) it is important to prepare for interview as early as possible. If you do not expect to be interviewed for university, you can complete this Prep for HE module later in the year.

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