Arts and Social Sciences: Access to Higher Education (SWAP)

Newbattle Abbey College


Part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), this course offers a unique learning experience to adults aged 18 or over, 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.


Communication; History; ICT; Literature; Core Maths; Philosophy; Politics and Political Theory; Psychology; Sociology; Academic Skills; Research Methods.

Entry Requirements

You must have been out of formal education for 3 years or more (or 5 years if you already have Higher or HN qualifications). There can be special circumstances where an applicant has failed exams or an HNC programme within the last 3 to 5 years because of illness or family circumstances.

For further information contact the college.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of this course allows you access to higher education at a range of degrees at Scottish Universities.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level