Access to Humanities (SWAP) NQ

What is special about this course?

This innovative course has been developed in response to the increased demand for flexible learning for those who are returning to learning after more than three years away.  

You will study from home towards an award that will see you progress to degree level studies.  So, the time has come to ask yourself - have you been out of education for a few years but are motivated to unleash your academic ability and go to study at Degree or HN level?  This is the course for you.

This course is a SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) which supports adults, ordinarily resident in Scotland to return to education after a gap. It will help you to develop the skills you need to progress into Higher Education, to a wide range of HNC, HND and degree level courses. It will provide you with great academic credibility and prepare you for your HN or Degree journey. This course does not restrict you to Social Science Degrees, UHI Perth SWAP students are enjoying careers in Law, Social Work, Teaching and Event Management.

If would like to find out more about SWAP, and see what progression routes are available, you can view more information here. The SWAP East Team can also answer any specific queries that you may have:

Entry requirements

Students must have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years if they have studied to SCQF Level 5 and 5 years if they have studied to SCQF Level 6 or above.

You should have seven qualifications at SCQF Level 4/5.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of College staff to discuss your eligibility.

For further information on whether this programme is for you, please go to: Is SWAP for me?

You will complete 18 credits based on the SQA Social Science units at Level 5 and 6.  These units will provide you with a solid academic foundation as well as many transferrable skills that you can take into a raft of different career options.  We have designed this course to immerse you in many of the subject disciplines in the wider Humanities area, so you are better informed of what degree to embark upon.  You will study units on: politics; philosophy; history; psychology; economics; literature amongst others.  Furthermore, your core skills will be refreshed with communications, IT, personal development planning and numeracy to ensure your transition to HN or Degree is one you are well prepared for.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Available to returners to learning throughout Scotland.  This course is blended learning delivered entirely online.  You will have online classes 2 – 3 days per week and a range of tasks to complete in our virtual learning platform.  Virtual common rooms and weekly Personal Development Planning will enhance this vibrant learning community.

If you are looking for a change of direction, and need degree level qualifications without leaving your home, this course is for you regardless of where you live.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Perth

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Access to Humanities is primarily a gateway to degree level qualifications for returners to learning.  We would be delighted to see you remain at UHI Perth to do your HNC or one of our Social Science Degrees: BA Social Science; BA Politics; BA Criminology or a host of joint degrees that use innovative learning technology to deliver first-class education all over the region. 

However, this course gives you many skills suitable for the modern workforce including: report writing; critical thinking; writing skills; organisation and teamwork.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.