Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP)

Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) is an alternative route for adult learners and mature students to get into university or college.

SWAP access programme

If you have few or no formal qualifications and have been out of full-time education for some years, you will be eligible to take part in a SWAP access programme.

SWAP access programmes run in colleges throughout Scotland. Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you can progress to university.

Access programmes are in a number of different subject areas:

  • art and design
  • social sciences
  • science
  • engineering
  • nursing
  • primary education
  • community education

The University of Edinburgh is a founding member of SWAP. More than 30,000 adults have taken the SWAP route to return to study since the programme launched in 1988.

SWAP Study Skills Day

Your college may also take part in the SWAP Study Skills Day, which takes place on the University campus and allow you to practice university-level study skills, such as taking notes in a lecture or participating in a seminar or tutorial.

You will have the opportunity to meet former SWAP students who are now at university and who can tell you what it's actually like to make the transition.

Find out more

Find out more about SWAP access programmes and the SWAP Study Skill Day on the SWAP website:

SWAP East