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Access to Degree Studies

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. In order to study as part of the SWAP programme applicants must have been away from formal full-time education for at least three years (or 5 years if you already have Higher or HN qualifications). For further information on SWAP and on the degree programmes available at SWAP partner universities, please visit www.scottishwideraccess.org

  • Literature/Communication (Many universities accept Literature 1/Communication NC (Higher levels) as English Higher)
  • Mathematics - National 5
  • ICT - Up to Higher level unit depending on student's abilities
  • Psychology - Higher
  • Sociology - Higher
  • 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

  • Various employment opportunities

  • Range of NC and HNC courses
  • University - progression to university is entirely dependent on completion of all course units as part of the SWAP programme

  • No formal entry requirements, however, candidates will be expected to demonstrate reasonable life experience outside of formal education
  • Selection will be by participation in an interview which will include a short written task
  • References may be requested

Mandatory:

  • Applicants must attend an information session prior to interview

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course 
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview 

If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email student.applications@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Location

    Alloa Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    27 August 2018

  • End date

    14 June 2019

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    27 August 2018

  • End date

    14 June 2019

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6