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

Qualification Qualifications Explained
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Full Time

1 Academic Year - 2.5 Days p/w

Start date
Aug 2024
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Course overview

Are you interested in people, psychology, social issues, history or literature? Perhaps you are ambitious to carve out a career in teaching, social work, politics, law or business, but feel you are far away from having the qualifications to get in? Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect place for you to start!

Our pre-access course is ideal if you have been out of education for a while, and especially if you left school with no (or very few) formal qualifications and would like to pick up where you left off. This course allows you to build towards a place on the SWAP Access programme, which provides progression to university. 

You will study a range of interesting social science subjects, alongside core subjects in English and Maths at SCQF Level 4 (equivalent to Standard Grades or Intermediate 2 grades). You will also get support to develop your academic skills, so you can feel confident about studying again.

The course is offered at our Easterhouse campus, over two and a half days per week, from August until June. Our holidays track with the Glasgow school holidays, so you can manage the course alongside family life and part-time work.

Interested? Speak to us to find out about your options and to make sure you begin studying at the right level. Contact Amy Angus on to arrange a chat.

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

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 be able to demonstrate good written and spoken communication skills.

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

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  here at the College.

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

Future prospects

On successful completion, you may progress to our SWAP Access to Humanities, Social Sciences and Primary Education programme, which offers progression to a wide range of university degree courses, or to our SWAP Access to Social Work and Social Services. 

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