Who this course is for

This 1 year, full-time course is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and has been designed to meet the needs of adult learners who have been out of formal education for 3 years or more (or 5 years if you already have Higher or HN qualifications). There can be special circumstances where an applicant has failed exams or an HNC programme within the last 3-5 years because of illness or family circumstances. Please enquire if you are not sure.

The Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) aims to support access to higher education for adults who are returning to education after a gap. For further information on SWAP and SWAP Access Programmes please visit: www.scottishwideraccess.org

What you will learn (subject to change)  
Psychology You will learn about topics from the psychology of individual differences, including sleep and dreams.
Modern Studies Here you will learn about a variety of topics, including decision-making in Scotland, the UK and the EU. You will also learn about an international issue in terms of conflict, cooperation and development.
Sociology Sociology is the study of how our lives are affected by institutions, and in this course you will be learning about: the family, welfare and poverty, crime and deviance.
History The focus will be on Scottish, British and European history.
Communication How to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms and how to summarise and evaluate a piece of writing.
ICT You will learn how to process and access information using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Mathematics You will develop mathematical skills, including geometry and algebra, and you will also be introduced to trigonometry.
Future prospects

Successful completion of this course allows you access to higher education (including the HNC in Social Sciences here at Newbattle Abbey College). Over 75% of our students progress to higher education programmes every year. Currently our students are studying Literature, Politics, Psychology, Social Work and History in a range of universities across Scotland
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