**New entry criteria this year only 21/22 – You no longer have to have been out of education for a substantial period of time, nor do you have to be over 21 – come and join us if you want to meet may university course entry criteria within a year!**
This programme is a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) which provides a route to university for adults who are returning to education after a substantial period of time. It may lead to progression to a number of 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 outwith College time.
Students with a good support network tend to be more successful. Learners must be able to cope with the demands of study at SCQF6 and demonstrate the potential to go on to study a degree. 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.
The numeracy and literacy tests at interview are there because there are 3 maths units and SCQF 6 English units on the programme and you must demonstrate that you have the potential to study successfully at this level.
- This programme is designed for those who left school without any qualifications, or have qualifications which are now out of date and are therefore unable to apply to University.
- Applications may only be accepted from those residing in Scotland.
- Your personal statement in your application must be no less than 250 words.
- Applicants will 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 you will also not be eligible to apply.
- 100% attendance is required for this programme.
Additional Entry Requirements
- Entry is competitive
- Passing the numeracy and literacy test.
- Successful interview (which may be a group interview).
- Your personal statement should not be less than 250 words.
Information and Interview Session Requirements
- Applicants must respond to the information and interview session invitation – your appointment may be offered to someone else if you do not. This interview may take place via Teams or phone.
- Be prepared to sit a numeracy test. You can practice in advance at the following website:
- Be prepared to write around 250 words in 20 minutes for us to assess your writing potential. You may be given a topic such as My Home Town, My Greatest Achievement, My Hopes for the Future. The topic will be decided for you on the day.
- There may be a group interview or an individual interview similar to many universities where each individual will be given the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics relevant to the course content. This may take the form of choosing a photo which will help you in your discussion. Examples of the way these photos are used are available at the following website: http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/media/7963350/envision%20cards%202014.pdf
- You should also be prepared to discuss:
- Strengths and weaknesses.
- Skills you have that would be useful during the course of study.
- Your understanding of current social issues.
There are written essays, individual and group presentations, closed book short answer responses and online tests. You must pass all of these, receive a good reference and have 100% attendance to be considered by your chosen university.
In addition you must obtain at least 3 B Profile Grades from your lecturers which will be decided at a team assessment board at the end of the academic year. These grades are based on three key areas:
1. Ability to handle text (including comprehension, critical analysis and retention)
2. Fluency of expression (both written and oral)
3. Overall performance
Additional funding information
withheld for non-engagement in coursework and for non-attendance at lessons.