Access to Humanities (SWAP) (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6

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This programme is a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) which provides a route to university for you if are returning to education after a substantial period of time. It is specifically designed as an access to Social Work programmes at University – meeting their agreed entry requirements with SWAP.  It may lead to progression to a number of other degrees at UWS and other universities with a SWAP agreement. The course is challenging and contains a combination of units that will require considerable study out-with College time.  

You must be able to cope with the demands of study at SCQF6 and demonstrate the potential to go on to study a degree. If you have a good support network of family and friends, you are likely to be more successful on the programme. You must have the resilience for the physical and mental demands of study as well as the time and motivation to succeed. Attendance is required at 100% whether the class is in the campus or online.  
There may be numeracy and literacy tests at interview because there are 3 maths units and SCQF Level 6 English units on the programme and you must demonstrate that you have the potential to study successfully at this level.

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100% attendance and engagement is expected on all SWAP programmes, a majority of the learning is online and in person attendance only on set dates.  Your attendance and engagement record are shared with the university you choose to apply for.

Entry Requirements

  • You may apply for this programme if you left school without any qualifications, or if you have qualifications which are now out of date and are therefore unable to apply to University. 
  • You must be out of education for at least three years.  If you have any qualifications at SCQF level 6 (Highers) you must wait until they are five years old before applying for any SWAP programme. 
  • Applications for a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) may only be accepted from those residing in Scotland
  • Please make sure to answer the Supporting Information Questions on the application form, with as much detail as possible. This will demonstrate your commitment to the course.  
  • Applicants may be required to undertake a numeracy and literacy test as part of the entry interview which is scored. 
  • If you have started at university then dropped out before finishing, or if you already hold entry criteria for your chosen university course then you will also not be eligible to apply to this programme. 
  • If you have started a SWAP programme previously but not completed, you may not be eligible to start again for 3 - 5years. 

Information and Interview Session Requirements

For this course we will not be routinely offering interviews. Please ensure you complete your application and supporting information with as much information as possible to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for a place on the course. 

We may contact you by phone if we have further questions.

Course Content

There are 3 Maths units at SCQF level 5, and units at SCQF 6 include English, Psychology, Sociology, Values, IT.


You may be assessed through essays, presentations, portfolios, role play and closed book tests.


SWAP courses are designed for your progression to study for a degree at university in a related subject. These subjects may include social work, psychology, sociology, and many others.  You may also meet the entry criteria for HNC level study at the college.

Career Prospects

The likelihood is that you will want to go to university to study a variety of subjects such as psychology, sociology, social work, journalism and many more choices. The College does offer a number of HNC programmes, but it is not expected that you would apply for these as SWAP programmes are specifically designed for progression to university.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.  Your funding may be withheld for non-engagement in coursework and for non-attendance at lessons.

Selling Points

SWAP students come from all sorts of backgrounds and have different reasons for coming on the programme. All SWAP students are returning to education after a gap and tend to be highly motivated and keen to get on.

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