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

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**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.




Full Time 2 or 3 days per week for an academic year

Entry Requirements

  • This programme is designed for those who left school without any qualifications, or have qualifications which are now out of date and are therefore unable to apply to University.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 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:  
  • 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.

Course Content

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


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


Successful completion of the programme may provide articulation to a number of degree programmes at UWS or other universities.  Since the course is designed for articulation to university it is not expected that you would necessarily apply for another programme at 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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