Access to Humanities (a.k.a. Social Science)

 <wl_humanitiesh.jpg> What would I study on a Humanities/Social Science programme? 
Although all partner colleges adhere to the SWAP framework and offer a number of units in core subjects, each college also offers its own unique blend of optional subjects which belong to the curriculum group.

For example, on the Access to Humanities/Social Science programme, most colleges will offer a selection of subjects (but not all) from the following list: 

* Sociology 
* Psychology 
* Criminology 
* History 
* Geography 
* Philosophy 

In addition, all colleges will offer Core Skills subjects such as: 

* Communication / Literature 
* Maths or Numeracy (at National 5 level) 

You may also find some colleges that offer: 


Programmes vary slightly from college to college, so you would need to contact your college of choice to find out exactly what would be offered. 

You can find a list of colleges on the downloadable brochure linked below: 

What can I do after completing a Humanities/Social Science programme?

Successful completion of the SWAP Access to Humanities/Social Science programme provides progression to subjects from the Arts or Social Science families. 

Subjects in the Arts family may include: 
- Creative Writing
- English Language
- English Literature / Scottish Literature 
- Theology and Religious Studies 
- Film and Television Studies
- History of Art
- Music 
- Theatre Studies 
- Languages (e.g. Italian, French, Spanish, German, Russian, etc.) 
- Archaeology 
- History / Classics 
- Philosophy 

Subjects in the Social Sciences family may include: 
- Business / Economics 
- Education 
- Law 
- Economic and Social History 
- Politics 
- Sociology 

Primary Teaching and Social Work Routes

Some our Humanities/Social Science programmes also offer the opportunity to apply for professional/vocational courses such as Primary Teaching and Social Work. Check with your local college for more information. 

Psychology is a special case: 

Psychology is generally treated as a 'science' subject and is a progression route available to people completing the Access to Life Sciences (Chem/Bio).

However, it is also sometimes (depending on the university) possible to progress to a psychology course from Humanities/Social Science. In that case, progression would only be permitted to the School/College/Faculty of Social Science (or perhaps to Arts/Humanities, if such a 'school' exists at your chosen university).

NB: Completion of the Access to Humanities does not permit progression to study psychology in the School/College/Faculty of Science

If you are interested in studying psychology within the Science family at university level, you may wish to consider applying to the SWAP Access to Life Sciences instead. If you prefer to complete the Access to Humanities/Social Science programme, then you must ensure that you choose the correct UCAS code for the Social Science School/College/Faculty at your chosen university. 

If you are in any doubt, please take advice from UCAS, university admissions and/or SWAPWest before you finalise your application. 

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