This course is open to those who are at a beginner level in a language and looking to progress onto a university course; previous qualifications or experience in modern languages may be beneficial but is not required. You will study a range of units at SCQF Levels 4 to 7 in order to prepare you for your degree studies. Explore communication and language skills as well as units in literature and mathematics as you begin your journey towards a rewarding career in languages. In addition to these units, you will attend weekly tutorials, open days and study skills events held by Universities and Colleges as part of your preparation for Higher Education.
The SWAP Access to Languages Arts and Social Sciences is a full-time course (18 hours a week) running from the end of August to the middle of June. During Semester one you are typically required to be at College five days a week with some mornings and afternoons off. During Semester two you are at College three or four days a week as course units are completed and there is more independent study involved.
This is a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) course meaning if you have few or no formal qualifications and have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if studied Highers or a Higher National course or similar level) you can apply.
SWAP courses provide you with an alternative route into higher education and are designed to give you intensive academic preparation as well as the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence you need for entry into higher education through recognised progression routes at colleges or universities in Scotland. For more information on SWAP courses please go to www.scottishwideraccess.org and click on the SWAP East Portal.
- Core Mathematics
- Local Investigations
- Developing Skills
- College Devised Units
Languages are mandatory but there are options depending on student’s existing skills and knowledge.
- If you have studied at SCQF Level 6 you should normally have had a gap in formal full-time education of at least 5 years prior to commencing an access programme
- This course is open to those who are at a beginner level in a language, previous qualifications or experience in modern languages may be beneficial but is not required for entry
- If your first language is not English you should hold one of the following ESOL qualifications as proof of English Language competence: IELTS 6 or above; Cambridge First Certificate or above; SQA ESOL National 5 (external examination grade A) or SQA ESOL Higher; other equivalent English qualification e.g. university degree in English
- If you are unable to provide evidence of ESOL level as above, you will need to do the College ESOL level test and any offer of a place is conditional on passing the test.
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- All units are internally assessed unless external assessments are required to satisfy particular progression routes
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
- If selected for an interview you will be asked to complete written assessments in literacy and numeracy to ensure you have the appropriate level of skill and knowledge to meet the requirements of the programme.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Access a wide range of degrees at:
- The University of Abertay
- University of Dundee
- University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh College of Art
- Heriot-Watt University
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Queen Margaret University
- University of Stirling
- University of St Andrews
Progress to HNC/D programmes in a further education college. Study other qualifications in modern languages, arts or social sciences.
With further study you can gain employment in the following:
- Tourism officer
- International relations
- International business
Course Cost And Funding Options
Rory Whyte is 29 years old and lives in Dundee. Rory decided to come to Edinburgh College as it was the closest college to him that offered the Highers he needs to go to university. After a successful year, Rory was awarded the Student of the Year Travel, Tourism & Modern Languages Award at this year’s Prize Giving ceremony. We caught up with him about his experience at Edinburgh College.
“I feel honoured. I’ve worked extremely hard this year and it means a lot that the college has taken notice. Nowhere in Dundee offered Higher Spanish outside of High School, and I needed an A at Higher for my university application. I did look at other options but, ultimately, I was attracted by Edinburgh’s reputation and facilities.
Thanks to the kind recommendation on the part of my Spanish tutor at the College, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a conditional offer to study Interpreting with French and Spanish at Heriot-Watt University. Languages have become my passion, and interpreting has been my goal since returning to education.”
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