Science, Technology & Mathematics (STEM): Access

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Year - 3 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2024
Applications open January 2024

Course overview

Would you like to take the first step to university in a friendly, supportive environment? Would you like to become a professional scientist or engineer?

This course is designed for you if you are an adult learner with no formal qualification to prepare, in one year, for entry to a Degree/HND/HNC course in Science or Engineering. It is run by the College in conjunction with the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP).

The course will allow you to study and gain recognised qualifications in physics, chemistry, engineering, and maths.

The course is intensive and requires a full time commitment. It is not possible, to complete it on a part time basis due to the nature of the programme, . Further information about SWAP Access courses can be found on the SWAP website.

What you will learn

A wide variety of units will be covered including:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Communications

For this programme, you must possess strong mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

To take part in this programme, you should have been out of education for 3 years if you studied at National 5 level and 5 years if you studied at Higher level.

This Access programme is NOT intended for recent school leavers. If you are a recent school leaver you are very welcome to apply for our NQ Engineering programmes.

Entry to the course will be based upon a competitive review of the applications. You should now provide detailed information on relevant life and employment experience within your personal statement, in addition to demonstrating a genuine interest in the subject.

While the course is open to candidates without formal qualifications, please list on your application any qualifications you do have and when and where you obtained them.

Future prospects

Access STEM allows academic progression to engineering or science based Higher Education (HNC, HND or Degree level) courses after 1 year of full time study.


Progression is possible to many different science or engineering disciplines both in College at the HNC and HND levels, and also by direct entry straight in to degree courses at university. Many students who initially progress to HNC/D levels then progress onwards to university.

To provide you with the greatest range of options, this academic progression is possible in a wide range of subjects including engineering, computing, maths, chemical and physical sciences.

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