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Access to Community, Education and Humanities (SWAP) (2019/20)

Course Content

The programme includes a variety of subjects at SCQF levels 5 and 6 and a Preparation for HE 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. Please note that SWAP Access programmes require you to have been out of full time education for 3 years (if you highest level of study is SCQF level 5) or for 5 years (if your highest level of study is SCQF level 6 or above). For further information on SWAP Access programmes, including more on 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.


SCQF Level: 6

How to Apply

How Where When
Full-Time Gardyne Campus 26 Aug 19 Apply Online

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Some of the places on Full-Time courses are supported by European Social Funding (ESF). ESF logo

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