Social Sciences: Access to Higher Education (SWAP)



One year


There are no formal entry requirements for SWAP programmes. Students must have been out of full-time education for three years or more, at the start of the course. Students who have previous  qualifications at SCQF level 6 may also be eligible, provided these qualifications were obtained at  least 5 years before starting the course. Special circumstances can be taken into consideration.


On successful completion of this course, students can progress to a range of degrees at universities in Scotland.

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Access to Higher Education

Part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), this course offers a unique learning experience to adults with few or no qualifications. If students complete the course successfully, they can progress to higher education.

Students can choose to study one of the three course strands: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Celtic Studies, and Primary Education.

Many students study on a residential basis, but we also offer non-residential places. Newbattle offers a unique experience to students:

Our former students, who completed the course, are studying a wide range of subjects including Literature, Politics, Psychology, Social Work and History in universities across Scotland.

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