Access to Degree Studies (SWAP)

Forth Valley College


Alloa Campus, Falkirk Campus


This is an intensive programme of humanities study for mature learners encompassing subjects at a Higher level with the aim of preparing them for entry into university courses. This course is allied to the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). SWAP promotes access to university for adult learners returning to education after a gap.

You must have been away from formal full time education for at least 3 years (or 5 years if you already have Higher or HN qualifications).


- Literature/Communication (Many universities accept Literature 1/Communication NC (Higher levels) as English Higher)
- National 5 Maths
- ICT (Up to Higher level unit depending on student's abilities)
- Higher Psychology
- Higher Sociology
- Preparation for Higher Education
- Local Investigations.

Please note - students should contact any university they are interested in applying for to see if these subjects and levels meet their entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements, selection by interview which will include two written tasks. References may be requested.

Progression Routes

Range of NC and HNC Courses. Progression to university is entirely dependent on completion of all course units as part of the SWAP programme.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Supported Learning

SCQF Level


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