Access to Humanities (SWAP)

Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This course is now full

This Access to Humanities course will introduce you to a range of social science subjects and is designed for adults returning to study after at least five years out of full-time education who wish to progress to university level study.

What will I learn?

There are two options available for study.

If you study at Anniesland Campus, the Access to Humanities course offers progression to social science degrees only.

If you study at Langside Campus, the Access to Humanities course offers the potential to progress either to social science degrees or to primary education. 

Students wishing to go on to primary teaching will require to study and successfully complete a mathematics examination at SCQF level 5 and secure and complete a placement in a primary school. 

Course subjects include:

  • Psychology
  • History
  • Modern Studies*
  • Sociology
  • Geography*
  • Philosophy*
  • Communication
  • Mathematics or Numeracy*
  • IT

*Please note the course content will vary according to campus.

The course also includes a class in 'Preparation for Higher Education' which, combined with guidance, aims to help you reach your full potential. The classes on offer are assessed by continuous assessment throughout the year.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must meet SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) criteria - view more information on the SWAP website
  • As there are no formal entry requirements, selection will be based on application form, interview (including written task), reference and evidence of academic potential
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to IELTS 5, or have ESOL at Intermediate 2/National 5 level, grade B or above

Entry requirements equivalency table

Employer and industry links

We work in partnership with the Scottish Wider Access Programme and this course provides access to higher education degrees. These degrees enhance employment prospects in a wide range of areas including education, social work and local government.

Jobs and further study

If you pass the Access course and secure a good reference from Glasgow Clyde College you have a wide range of progression routes:

Arts or Social Sciences degrees or primary education degrees* at one of the following universities:

  • University of the West of Scotland*
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Glasgow*
  • University of Strathclyde*
  • Stirling University
  • Open University

HNC/HND courses at Glasgow Clyde College or other further education colleges.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

Applications forms will be acknowledged, then checked by a member of staff

Selection for interview will depend on if you have met the entry criteria, but also the quality of application form - the form should be fully completed and detailed. It will give information about qualifications, interests and personal attributes, and explains reasons why you are interested in the course. This will be communicated in the form of an ‘entry criteria checked’ e-mail.

If you receive an entry criteria checked email, you will then be invited to attend a group information session (either in college or more likely, via Zoom).

  • At the session, you will be given a presentation giving you more information and detail about the Access course and the College
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions
  • You may be asked to do a short written task

The next stage will be to send in to:

Anniesland Campus: 

Langside Campus:

  • an academic reference, which will be checked by staff
  • If you received qualifications from school or college, please send them in. If you do not have qualifications, don't worry, as there are no necessary qualifications for this course.

The final stage - the interview:

  • You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the Social Sciences team (who will be happy to answer any questions you may have).

At the end of the selection/interview process, staff members take the following into consideration when making a final decision:

  • Application form
  • Written task
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • SWAP criteria

Interviews usually take place between March and June 2021.

Once you have received an offer you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information on things like student funding and an induction date.

Applicants wishing to apply for Primary Education should have or be in the process of getting a placement in a primary school.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3748