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Access to Community, Education and Humanities (SWAP) (2018/19)

Course Content

The programme includes a variety of subjects at levels 4-6 and a Preparation for H.E. class. Access students will be expected to study up to 18 hours in college as well as self-directed study of 10 hours per week.
Subjects include history, politics, sociology, psychology and geography. Mandatory subjects: maths, English/communication, ICT and prep for HE, including developing skills for personal effectiveness and working with others.
Further information on SWAP Access programmes, including eligibility and possible progression routes, available from the SWAP website at

Target Audience

Aimed at learners who have been out of full-time formal education for three years or more (or five years if they already have Higher or HN qualifications).

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however all applicants will be interviewed. Experience and entry level will be assessed through tests (e.g. written exercise and a mathematics/numeracy test). A detailed personal statement and satisfactory reference are mandatory.

Future Prospects

Successful completion of the programme may lead to opportunities on degree programmes at university (e.g. primary education, social work, community learning and development, criminology, social sciences and humanities courses). SWAP programmes have helped many adults realise their potential and given them the confidence to succeed in college or university.


Open-book assessment for portfolio work and closed-book for internal assessments and prelims.


Gardyne Campus

How to Apply

Courses marked 2018/19 are an indication of our likely provision. These courses are currently under review and may be subject to change.

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