Access to Primary Education and Social Sciences (SWAP)

Ayrshire College


Kilmarnock Campus


If you’d like to train as a Primary Teacher or study Social Sciences, Arts or Humanities, but lack the necessary entry qualifications, this course can help you get started.

Access to Primary Education and Humanities is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP). It’s specifically for people who have been out of full-time education for a number of years, but want to develop their academic and employability skills.

This course prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education, with direct access to a range of college and university courses within Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. You’ll develop your knowledge of various subjects and increase your confidence too. If it’s Primary Teaching you want to pursue, you’ll also be responsible for arranging and completing a placement within a local School as part of the course.

Entry Requirements

This course is designed to enable adults who have been out of education for a minimum of five years with a minimum of subjects at National 5 or a minimum of five years with Highers. You must be over 21 years of age. A place on the course is subject to an interview process.

Progression Routes

Relevant HNC, a range of degree programmes or the Primary Education course at the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde or University of the West of Scotland.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Science

SCQF Level