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SWAPWest Induction SWAP and your year ahead. What is SWAP?. Provide Access Programmes that progress to degree or HNC/D. For adults with no, few or out of date qualifications. Over 33,000 adults have returned to education through SWAP. SWAP is a national organisation; we are SWAP West.

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What is SWAP?

  • Provide Access Programmes that progress to degree or HNC/D.
  • For adults with no, few or out of date qualifications.
  • Over 33,000 adults have returned to education through SWAP.
  • SWAP is a national organisation; we are SWAPWest.
  • A partnershipof colleges & universities in the West of Scotland.
  • Humanities, Primary Education, Social Work, Nursing, Allied Health, Medical Studies, Science, Engineering, Maths and Computing.
contents of swap programme
Contents of SWAP Programme

You will:

  • Study at least 18 academic units (SQA units).
    • Study at Int 2/National 5 and Higher/CFE Higher level.
      • Some units are beyond this level (STEM and Medical Studies).
  • Complete the SWAP Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) unit.
    • Includes class work and visiting university campuses for ‘Study Skills Days’ (Jan-Jun)
  • Receive a SWAP Student Profile at the end of the year.

You must pass all units and complete your PHE to complete the programme.

swap student profiles
SWAP Student Profiles
  • An “enhanced reference” from college to universities.
  • Shows list of units completed.
  • All tutorscontribute to this and agree grades (A-D).
  • Grades are not on specific academic work.
  • Grades comment on your level of preparedness for university/HN.
benefits of swap programme
Benefits of SWAP Programme

You will:

  • Have continuous assessment for most academic units.
  • Gain knowledge and skills needed for HE study.
  • Receive guidance in making choices about further study.
  • Receive support for applying to university via UCAS.
  • Prepare for practical matters as well as develop your Study Skills by completing your Prep for HE workbooks.
  • Feel more confident about progressing to the next step.


You mustregister as a SWAP student to get the benefits.

Register as soon as possible. Do not delay.

learner agreement
Learner Agreement
  • Formalisation of things we will cover today.
    • Read it carefully.
    • NB: Disclosure of criminal convictions.
  • Sign the register to confirm that you have read & accept the terms.
  • Tick to show that you have registered online already
A) Class work

Work through the PHE workbooks throughout the year

Download from SWAPWest website or your own college VLE.

Preparation for Higher Education

PHE is an essentialpart of a SWAP Programme and is comprised of class work and university visits

B) University visits

  • Visit universities on your own: open days, applicant visit days, any time.
  • SWAP Study Skills Days at universities run January to May.
phe group activity
PHE: Group Activity
  • Read PHE workbook descriptions.
  • Place on timeline (Sep-Jun) where you think they belong.
  • Compare timelines:
    • Some workbooks do apply to specific times of year.
    • Others you can do any time.
phe contents
PHE Contents
  • Introduction
  • Taking Stock - Part One
  • Study Diary (throughout the year)
  • Taking Stock - Part Two
  • UCAS Guide
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Study Skills (throughout the year)
  • Finance
  • Taking Stock - Part Three
  • What Happens Next
  • Extended referencing guide

Downloadable from the SWAPWest website

where to find phe
Where to find PHE



Progression Routes

  • The Progression Routes document is a list of university courses you can apply for using your SWAPqualification.
  • They state the requirements for entry – read carefully.
    • Some places are limited and entry is competitive.
    • Some places are subject to selection and/or interview.
    • STEM – Specific units and summer school (Strathclyde).
  • Progression Routes will be available in late October.

Please contact SWAP if you are applying to any course that is not in the progression routes.

Let us know if you have any questions.

swap student mentoring network
SWAP Student Mentoring Network


Or send an email to:


for an invitation

contact us
Contact Us


c/o Glasgow Kelvin College – City

43 Shamrock Street


G4 9LD

Tel: 0141 564 7206

Email: swapwest@scottishwideraccess.org

Web: http://www.scottishwideraccess.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swapwest

Director – Kenny Anderson

Development Officers – Dr. Lisa Marsili, Amy Angus

Admin – Karen Cunningham and Erica O’Neill

a message from last year
A message from last year:


how to apply to primary education
How to Apply to Primary Education


SWAPWest has its own application procedure.

Apply through SWAP but also need to complete UCAS.

You can apply to study at Glasgow, StrathclydeandUWS.

Application form

Tutor will give you a SWAPWest application form in late October.

Make sure your completed form is perfect as the panel will use these to decide who to invite for interview.

Write an excellent supporting statement.

Check all spelling, grammar, presentation etc.

Include a reference from practical experience.

Deadline for SWAPWest application will be given to you by your tutor nearer the time.

guide to bed application
Guide to BEd Application

Complete SWAPWest application form, including a reference.

Submit by deadline; the panel will select who to invite for interview.

Complete UCAS application for your four ‘Plan B’ choicesby the

15th of January (leaving one space for BEd/alternative to be entered after decisions have been made).

Those selected will attend their interviews in February/March.

Those not invited for interview can add another choice on UCAS.

Results of interviews will be given.

Students insert 5th choice on UCAS form within 7 days of decision. Insert BEd if offered a place (or another ‘Plan B’ if not).

Download Prep for HE UCAS, Personal Statement and Interview Skills guides from the SWAPWest website