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  • Start date:   August 2020
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6


Please note, this course is now full. You can still apply for this course, but your application will be placed on a waiting list.


This course is for those who want to learn about competing views, perspectives, theories and evidence from social science subjects such as psychology, sociology and philosophy. It's designed to prepare students for university. It is for anyone who has been out of formal education for three years, or five years if they have higher-level or equivalent qualifications.

Read about Steven Anderson's West Lothian College experience here


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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Social sciences: psychology and sociology
    • Other subjects such as philosophy, maths, communication and literature

Why choose this course

You will have chance to gain knowledge and understanding which will help you progress on to more advanced courses.

Our SWAP courses help prepare you for university, with 97% of the students that progressed to university in 2018 successfully completing their first year. 

Entry requirements

The recommended requirements are:

  • Four National 5 qualifications or equivalent at C grade, including English
  • Must have been out of formal education for at least three years, or five years if you have Higher or equivalent qualifications
  • National 4 Maths (we run a summer school for those who don't have this)
  • Where it leads

    Education: HNC social sciences or other suitable HNC courses. SWAP students can progress to a university degree-level course in humanities. Our previous students have progressed onto courses at The University of Edinburgh, The university of Stirling and Edinburgh Napier University.


Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around two hours. Please bring evidence of your qualifications and the following prepared personal statement (maximum 300 words):

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience/volunteering experience/life experience
  • Personal qualities and interests
  • Reasons for applying for the course
  • Challenges that you will face as a mature student returning to full-time education (SWAP applicants only)

The interview involves:

  • Information session
  • Individual interview
  • Pre-entry test to check literacy, numeracy and ability to cope with the course
  • Numeracy assessment

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.