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 gives you an introduction to health and social care professions and the career paths available in these areas. It allows you to begin your studies at level 6 on a generic programme studying subjects such as care and psychology.

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • One year full-time
  • Human development
  • Social influences
  • Values and principles
  • Dementia
  • Individual behaviour
  • Group behaviour
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Literature
  • Biology
  • Reflective practice
  • You must be SWAP eligible - visit the SWAP website to find out more about eligibility criteria
  • Entry is by informal discussion 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
  • Completion of written exercise

Please note that school leavers cannot apply for SWAP courses.
  • HNC: Healthcare Practice
  • HNC: Social Services 
  • HNC: Childhood Practice
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual
  • HNC: Counselling


Visit the SWAP East website to find out more about the degree progression routes with university partners that are available to SWAP East students. 

  • Careers in health and social care settings.
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process.