Paramedic Science & Healthcare: SWAP Access

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Full Time, Part Time

1 Year - 3.5 Days p/w

Start date
Aug 2024
Springburn, East End
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Course overview

This Access to Paramedic Science & Healthcare course, is a full time programme over 1 year and is part of the Scottish wider access programme (swap).

The course is designed for you if you have life experience and are looking to return to education with the objective of building a career as a paramedic or a career within the health sector.

Students should have few or no qualifications and have been out of education for 5 years.

You may check your eligibility by contacting SWAPWest directly via

**Please Note: When completing your personal statement please follow the guidelines closely

What you will learn

Course units include:

  • First aid
  • Human Biology
  • Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Values and principles
  • Human Development
  • Social Influences
  • Core skills such as Communications, and Numeracy.

You will be assessed using essays, class-based exams and presentations

The whole course in general was excellent. Learning new skills and being around a large group of adults all aiming to achieve the same goal was pretty cool.

The staff were great from start to finish, always there if you needed extra support.

The course has given me great confidence in the important things that are needed to become a paramedic. Learning skills like essay writing and research has been invaluable.

Scott Dickeson Access to Paramedic Science SWAP

Entry requirements

  • Whilst there are no formal qualifications required, applicants must have good written and spoken communication skills.
  • You must have been out of formal education for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Applicants will be assessed through their personal statement and be invited in for interview based on the personal statement as part of the recruitment process

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL Higher (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment  here at the College.

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in a similar subject area.

You need to provide a comprehensive personal statement with your application which MUST include the following:

  1. Why you wish to study the access programme
  2. What field of healthcare (which should include paramedic) do you wish to enter and why?
  3. What do you think are the things patients are most concerned about when being treated medically?
  4. Give an example of a time within your personal life and/or work life where you have dealt with a challenging situation. How did you respond to this, what was the outcome, and what would you do differently if faced with this situation again?
  5. Include the skills, qualities and attributes you believe you have that would make you the right person to work in your chosen field.

Future prospects

You can progress onto HNC Healthcare Practice at Glasgow Kelvin College.

You can also progress on to an undergraduate paramedic science degree at Glasgow Caledonian University, Stirling University and University of West of Scotland, or other healthcare related degrees


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