Access to Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (SWAP)

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus, Milton Road Campus


The course is specifically designed to allow you to apply to either university or a Higher National Certificate programme. It offers you the opportunity to study Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Communication, Literature, Creative Writing, History and Maths.

Sociology; Psychology; Politics; ICT; Communication; Literature; Creative Writing; History; Maths.

You must pass all assessments (including an external National 5 Maths examination for those applying for primary teaching) in order to achieve the full SWAP Access qualification.

Entry Requirements

You should have been out of education for at least 3 years. You need to demonstrate that you are ready to study at SCQF Level 6 as the aim of the course is to prepare you for entry to university.

If selected for an interview you will be asked to complete written assessments in literacy and numeracy to ensure you have the appropriate level of skill and knowledge to meet the requirements of the programme.

Progression Routes

Apply to university to study arts, social sciences or primary teaching. Study at HNC level in social science or creative industries.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Science

SCQF Level