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    Access to Law, Business and Finance (SWAP)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

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Access to Law, Business and Finance is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP). It’s for anyone who wants to develop their academic and employability skills, including adult returners who may have been out of education for a while.

This course prepares you for entry into Higher Education, with direct access to a range of college and university courses in Law, Business, Finance and Accounting after one year of study. While on the course, you’ll develop your knowledge of various subjects and increase your confidence too.

For entry to this course you don’t need any formal qualifications, just an interview with us.

What's Involved

This course develops your skills for further academic study. You’ll learn about a range of subjects including English, Economics, Law, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Criminology, Business Studies and Research Skills.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll analyse the economic problem of unlimited wants in relation to limited resources and how this impacts on the daily choices made by individuals, firms and governments.
  • You’ll gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Scots Law including the sources of law and how new law is made. You will learn about the differences between the criminal law and the civil law and about the structure, jurisdiction and appeals of both the civil and the criminal courts.
  • You’ll acquire the skills and techniques to prepare straightforward accounting statements for a limited company and knowledge and understanding to evaluate these statements and draw conclusions from them.
  • You’ll learn how to classify costs and systems to control them; the completion of job cost statements from cost information; the use of break-even analysis in the decision-making process and the preparation of cash budgets.
  • You’ll get to understand the dynamic, changing and competitive environment of industry and commerce, and the environments that organisations operate in.
  • You’ll develop your skills in understanding, analysing, evaluating and using complex, formal English in a range of written and spoken forms.
  • You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a range of degree programmes, such as (but not restricted to): Law, Business, Marketing, Accountancy, History, Politics and Sociology.
  • Progressing onto a variety of HNC programmes including Accounting, Business, Management, Marketing and Social Sciences.
  • Exploring a number of career opportunities in the public, private and voluntary sectors, such as education, central and local government, social policy and campaigning and research.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019




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