Course Details

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Advanced Certificate: SWAP Access to Arts, Humanities and Primary Education

SCQF Level 6

Scottish Wider Access Programmes, also known as SWAP courses, are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an HN).

This course is specifically designed for those who have left formal education and, after a period away, want to return and progress to Higher Education. Successful completion can lead you to a guaranteed place on an HNC, HND, or degree course at college or university in the SWAP–East network (for more information about SWAP courses and progression options, visit

What You Study

  • History
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Communication and literature
  • Maths (external component at National 5 required by students studying for primary education)
  • Child development

You will sit internal unit assessments, as well as being assessed on whole course performance at the end of the year using a graded profile. Most university places are dependent on good grades in this profile.

Duration and Attendance

One year full-time.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements; entry is by interview where you will be asked to demonstrate that you have the relevant life skills to successfully complete the SWAP course. Evidence of life skills may include level of maturity and experience of skills related to the potential choice of degree subject, including paid employment or volunteering and awareness of subject choice.

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Please note that school leavers cannot apply for SWAP courses.

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • HNC: Social Sciences
  • University courses

Student Expenses

You may need to buy one or more textbooks – approx. £10-£20.

Application Process

As well as having the appropriate entry qualifications, selection on to this course will be based on criteria outlined in Fife College’s admissions procedure, which may include a personal statement, an interview, and a satisfactory Transition Form.

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This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 18 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 18 Jun 2019 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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