NQ Access to Social Sciences (Incorporating SWAP)

2019 applications open in January 2019. Register your interest below.
Start Date: August 2018
Level of Qualification: National Units
SCQF Level: 6

This course will encourage you to gain knowledge about competing views, perspectives, theories and evidence from a variety of social science subjects such as psychology, sociology and philosophy.

Further information about SWAP Access courses can be found at www.scottishwideraccess.org


One academic year


You will gain expertise and understanding related to the two core social science disciplines of psychology and sociology, in addition to other subjects such as philosophy, maths and communication and literature.


You will have the opportunity to undertake a relevant volunteer experience to facilitate your progression to higher level courses.


Four National 5/Intermediate 2 qualifications including English at C grade or above. National 4 Maths is preferred but a summer school will run in July for those without this. All applicants will also be required to submit a supporting personal statement which should include relevant work/life experience, skills and qualities and reasons for applying for the course. Selection onto the course is through attendance at an information session, your qualifications and/or experience and your personal statement. For SWAP applicants, as no formal qualifications are required, entry is by interview and you will need to take brief pre-entry tests to help ascertain your levels of literacy, numeracy and ability to cope with the demands of the course. To meet SWAP eligibility you have to have been out of full-time education for at least three years or 5 years if you already hold level 6 or above qualifications and want to enter a degree programme in social sciences.

What to include in your College Application Statement? Check out our guidance here: College Application statement guidance


Education: Possible progression to HNC Social Sciences or other HNC level courses with compatible experience and qualifications. SWAP students also may progress to a degree course in Humanities.

Interview Arrangements

Please expect to be in college for around two hours.

Please complete the personal statement of not more than 300 words covering the following points, and bring it with you to your information session/ interview along with evidence of qualifications already gained.

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

You will also be required to complete a Numeracy assessment.

For advice on your interview and how to achieve success please visit here: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/nail-your-college-interview

Watch a video of what you can achieve here: https://youtu.be/dZYYFkUtPFc


Course Enquiry

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