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 the SWAP website).

  • One year full-time
  • Higher Care or units
  • Care: values and principles
  • Care: human development and behaviour
  • Care: social influences
  • Dementia
  • Reablement
  • Psychology Higher or units
  • Biology
  • Placement experience
  • The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course
  • No formal entry requirements
  • 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

Please note that school leavers cannot apply for SWAP courses.

  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Care and Administrative Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Working with Communities SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Sciences SCQF Level 7
  • Degree/university courses
  • Careers in health and social care settings
  • You may need to buy one or more textbooks – approx. £10-£20
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise