Access to Social Sciences (SWAP)

Course Content

This course includes units at SCQF levels 5 and 6. It is a preparation for higher education course offering a range of subjects. These include History, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Maths, English/Communication, ICT and Prep for HE and Working with Others. Due to the range of subjects studied, this course appeals to individuals wishing to enter university courses including Archaeology, Architecture, Law, Social Work, Teaching, Food and Nutrition, Sport and Fitness, Nursing, Community Learning and Development and a range of Humanities and Social Science courses.

Entry Requirements

Suitability will be assessed through interview and tests (e.g. written exercise and mathematics/numeracy tests). A detailed personal statement and satisfactory reference are mandatory. This course requires you to have been out of full time education for 3 years (if highest level of study is SCQF level 5) or for 5 years (if highest level of study is SCQF level 6 or above). For information on eligibility and possible progression routes, go to the SWAP website at

Method of Assessment

High academic and assessment workload. For those out of full-time education for 3+ years option to sit final SQA exams if required for progression.

Future Prospects

Successful completion of the programme may lead to degree programmes at university (e.g. Law, Primary Education, Social Work, Community Learning and Development, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    23 Aug 2021

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    34 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Access to Higher Education

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body. International Students please refer to our International fees page

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