Access to Social Sciences, Arts and Education (SWAP)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus


This course offers an excellent opportunity for those who would like to progress to university in an undergraduate degree in the arts, social sciences or education. This will be ideal for anyone wishing a change of career and considering a career in primary teaching. The SWAP programme is built from SQA Units and involves one-year-full-time study. The units selected on the Access to Arts, Social Sciences and Education programme are those that have been agreed with the partner Higher Education Institutions. In addition to the academic units, SWAP students also study a 2-credit unit called Preparation for Higher Education. This includes core skills, study skills, reflective exercises on student progress and visits to universities. This Access programme consists of 19 credits.

Entry Requirements

You do not require to have any formal qualifications.

If your last course of study was up to SCQF Level 5 you must have been out of full time education for three years.

If your last course of study was at SCQF Level 6 or above you must have been out of full time education for five years.

Progression Routes

Relevant degree programme

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Sciences

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other