College widens access to higher education

For those looking to change their career or return to education, the Access to Primary Education Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) offers college-based programmes with progression to HN and degree courses.

This course is designed for adults over 21 who do not have formal qualifications but who feel that they would be able to study at degree level or relevant vocational courses. The SWAP concept is built around the fact that it is never too late to start studying and helps people build on a range of skills from previous jobs or from bringing up a family.

Former Access to Primary Education student Sobia Ibrahim said: “The work experience placement I did as part of the course was a glimpse into my future and made me realise that I wanted a career in primary teaching. I’m now studying Primary Education at university and looking forward to a new career ahead of me.”

Arthur Connor, Social Sciences lecturer said: “The Access to Primary Education course is unique in that within a year students can gain university entrance qualifications for a variety of universities. Most students find the course very beneficial, both in terms of achieving academic qualifications and in terms of the enormous growth in confidence and self-esteem they experience in their year with us.”

The course provides students with a platform to move on to study a variety of subjects at HN or degree level, including Primary Education.

Ayrshire College offers several SWAP courses including Access to Primary Education (SWAP), Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and Access to Nursing (Level 6). For more information on SWAP courses, visit or call 0300 303 0303.