ACCESS TO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & MATHEMATICS (STEM)
Would you like to take the first step to university in a friendly environment? Would you like to become a professional scientist or engineer?
This course is designed to enable adult learners 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.
What you need to qualify for entry...
All candidates on the programme should have been out of education for 3 years if you studied at National 5 level and 5 years if you studied Highers.
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. Applicants should now provide detailed information on relevant life and employment experience within their personal statement, in addition to demonstrating a genuine interest in the subject. As a face to face interview is currently not possible your personal statement will be a very large factor in determining whether you are selected.
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.
A wide variety of units will be covered including:
Candidates must possess strong mathematical skills.
1 Academic Year
August - June
Up to 21 Hours per week (plus tutorials, additional optional units to cater for degree choices, and personal learning).
Due to the nature of this course part time study is not available.
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.
It should be emphasised that this academic progression is possible in a wide range of subjects including engineering, computing, maths, chemical and physical sciences.