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, ICT and Prep for HE. 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, Environmental studies, 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. Option to sit final SQA Higher English and National 5 Maths exams (if required for progression) dependant on performance in subject.

Future Prospects

Successful completion of the programme may lead to HNC Level study or 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

    29 Aug 2022

  • 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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