Social Sciences: Adults Returning to Education: NQ (Level 4)

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Academic Year - 2.5 Days p/w

Start date
Aug 2024
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Course overview

Please read all the information on this page before you apply.

Please answer the questions below, under 'Entry Requirements' when you apply.

If you have been enrolled in high school within the last three years, you are not eligible for this course.

This course is designed for adults who have not been enrolled in any form of full-time education for at least three years. You can check your eligibility by contacting SWAPWest directly via or by emailing Amy Angus at

This introductory course is designed for adults who have been away from formal education for a minimum of three years. It is suitable for people who left school with few or no qualifications or whose qualifications have expired. It is not suitable for recent school-leavers.

The course runs from August 2024 to June 2025, with classes timetabled 2.5 days per week.
Successful completion allows for progression to SWAP Access to Humanities, Social Sciences and Primary Education, which in turn provides routes to HNC and university courses in the arts, humanities or social sciences, as well as primary teaching and social work.

This course will provide you with support for the development of key skills in academic research, reading and writing, as well as effective strategies for learning. You will study a range of subjects from the social sciences, as well as core subjects: English and Maths.

What you will learn

  • Communication (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Study Skills
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • History

Candidates will be assessed using a mixture of assignments such as: essays, class-based exams, group discussions, and presentations.

Some elements of the course may be offered online.

Entry requirements

Whilst there are no formal qualifications required for entry, you must demonstrate good written and spoken communication skills.

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL National 5 (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment ┬áhere at the College.

Interviews will be offered based on your application form and personal statement.

Future prospects

You may progress to our SWAP Access to Humanities, Social Sciences and Primary Education programme, provided you meet the SWAP criteria and complete this course with a good reference from the class tutor.

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