Access to Teaching, Social Work and Social Sciences (SWAP)

Course Content

This course prepares adult learners who have returned to education for study at HNC or degree level at college or university in subjects including Teaching, Social Work. Law or Social Sciences.

Through the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), we provide proven routes to degree courses at Scottish universities. This course is also a pathway to a variety of HNC courses, or for topping up existing qualifications to meet the minimum entry criteria for university applications.

The course comprises units at SCQF levels 5 and 6 in subjects including Sociology, Psychology, National 5 Maths, Higher English, and ICT.

Alongside the course units, learners can access valuable volunteering opportunities through the college’s Learner Engagement Team. Guidance and assistance with UCAS applications are also available to help learners progress.

Entry Requirements

The suitability of all applicants will be assessed through interview and tests (e.g. written exercise and mathematics/numeracy tests).

A detailed personal statement and satisfactory reference are mandatory.

If applying as a SWAP eligible applicant, 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

SQA assessment.

Future Prospects

Completion of this course can lead to HNC courses at college or degrees at university (e.g. Primary Education, Social Work, Community Learning and Development, Law, Social Sciences and Humanities).

“My SWAP year was life-changing. I know I am ready for university. The SWAP course has given me confidence and a change of direction - I absolutely loved it!!!” D&A student.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Arbroath Campus

  • Start Date

    29 Aug 2022

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    34 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Social Science

  • 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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