Higher Education for Adult Learners (SWAP)

The Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) supports access to higher education for adult learners.

What is SWAP?

SWAP access programmes run at colleges across Scotland and are a proven route into hundreds of degree courses at partner universities. Our programmes are specifically designed for adults who are returning to education after a gap, and who have the motivation and ability to go on to study at university or for a higher-level qualification at college. 

How Does it Work?

SWAP provides full-time, one-year access programmes across a range of subjects. West Lothian College offers SWAP courses in the following subject areas:

  • Access to Nursing
  • Access to Social Science / Primary Teaching
  • Access to Biological Science

Successful completion of a SWAP access programme enables students to progress to a range of degrees at SWAP partner universities. 

Learning Resources

Preparation for Higher Education (Prep for HE) is a fundamental part of what you will do as a SWAP student. Every SWAP course includes personal development, which is intended to support you in the development of knowledge and skills that will help you as a student in higher education. You will work through the course as you progress through your chosen course but you can access course content in advance so you can see what you would be studying.

SWAP | Higher Education for Mature Students | Home (scottishwideraccess.org)

In addition to working through the online materials, Prep for HE includes many other activities, which include attending SWAP Study Skills events and university open days, and engaging with Peer Support Volunteers.