Access to Community Development and Criminology (SWAP)

Glasgow Clyde College


Anniesland Campus


This new SWAP Access to Community Development and Criminology course is ideal for those with an interest or background in community and youth work coupled with an interest in criminology and criminal justice.

It is run in partnership with the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is for adults who are considering returning to education, after a break of at least three to five years. The course will introduce you to a range of social science and community working subjects.
SWAP negotiate university places at various universities for students successfully completing their SWAP course.

The course is accepted by partners in lieu of other entry qualifications and includes intensive guidance to develop confidence and core skills.

Course subjects include:
NPA Criminology (made up of the following units: Criminology: Crime control strategies; Criminology: Nature and extent of crime; Crime in society); Psychology; Sociology; Politics; Modern studies; Working with communities: Values and principles; Working with communities: Youth work; Working with communities: Equality, diversity and inclusion; Working with communities: Sociological perspectives; Communication and literature (equivalent to higher English at C Pass); Numeracy.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet SWAP criteria. As there are no formal entry requirements, selection will be based on application form, interview (including written task), reference and evidence of academic potential.

Progression Routes

HNC or HND level study at Glasgow Clyde College or other colleges.

Arts and social sciences degree, or a degree in primary education at University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Strathclyde, Stirling University or Open University.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Science

SCQF Level