SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

This unique course is specifically designed to allow you to progress to either university or HNC programmes. You will be taught by highly qualified lecturers and study a variety of essential subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Communication, Literature, Creative Writing,History and Mathematics.

This is a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) which  means if you have few or no formal qualifications and have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if studied Highers or a Higher National course or similar level) you can apply. 

SWAP courses provide you with an alternative route into higher education and are designed to give you intensive academic preparation as well as the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need for entry into higher education through recognised progression routes at colleges or universities in Scotland. For more information on SWAP courses please go to www.scottishwideraccess.org and click on the SWAP East Portal. 

Listen to the Industry Insiders podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts where a primary teacher talks about her experience in the industry. 

What You Will Learn
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • ICT
  • Communication
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • 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
  • There are no formal entry requirements, but you must 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 



    English Proficiency Requirements
    • IELTS 6.0
    How the course is assessed
    • You will be continually assessed through essays, presentations, examinations and reports. 

    Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
    • 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 And Articulation Routes
    • Apply to university to study arts, social sciences or primary teaching 

    • Study at HNC level in social science or creative industries
    Number Of Days Per Week

    4 days per week

    Course Cost And Funding Options
    Student Stories

    44-year-old Jenny Anderson came to Edinburgh College after having spent years raising her three children. She has been given the Award for Academic Excellence in Social Sciences and now graduates with HNC in Social Sciences. Jenny says her education journey isn’t over yet: 

    “I think being recognised for an award is uplifting and helps to inspire others. I would say the best thing about studying at Edinburgh College is getting to meet other like-minded people that share a passion for my subject choice. 

    My plans for the future are to further my studies, I have a keen interest in children’s mental health and counselling and having achieved this award I am confident I will go on to achieve this. I’m having a few months off with my children and plan to continue my studies in the new year.” 

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    Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

    What is SWAP?
    Is SWAP for me?

    ​SWAP programmes are designed specifically for adult returners and dedicated college staff are there to support your progress, and  give advice on taking the next step. 

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    To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

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