Access to Social Work (SWAP)

South Lanarkshire College


Access to Social Work is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for adults seeking to return to education but who does not have the relevant entry qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education and can lead to a place at college or university.
SWAP courses have helped many adults become aware of their abilities and given them the self-confidence to successfully progress to a degree.

Core units include
Communication; Literature 1; National 5 Application of Mathematics and exam; Care – values and principles; Care – social influences; Care – human development and behaviour; Social services in Scotland; Preparation for Higher Education; Safeguarding people; Counselling: an introduction; Understanding mental health issues; Coping strategies and building resilience; Substance use and misuse: an introduction; Caring for people with dementia.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Previous experience in the Health and Social Care sector (preferred but not essential). Interview. Entry test.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time
Part time (work based)

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Care

SCQF Level