Access to Nursing (encompassing SWAP)

Course Content

Designed to prepare students to enter degree level study at university this course comprises 18 credits (care related units and core skills) and includes an externally marked project-based assessment and a voluntary placement element.

Further information on SWAP including eligibility and possible progression routes is available at

From January to May we offer a short (9 credits) Access to Nursing course which is not part of SWAP and is for progression to HNC Care and Administrative practice course or HNC Social Services only.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of all units from Level 5 Child, Health and Social Care group award or a minimum of 4 National 5s or equivalent. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to work at Higher level. All applications will be considered on an individual basis and SWAP entry requirements may be different.

SWAP are designed for adults who may have few or no formal qualifications, have been away from education for at least 3 years (5 years if they have Higher qualifications) and are looking for an opportunity to access Higher Education.

Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an information session. Selection will be made based on satisfactory completion of a values exercise and satisfactory reference. PVG check required.


Method of Assessment

A variety of methods are used to obtain evidence throughout the course. This may be class activities, written reports and essays, role play scenarios and discussion panels.

Future Prospects

Successful completion of all units, a good attendance record and a positive reference may allow students to progress to either university degree courses in Nursing or to HNC Care and Administrative Practice.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    13 Jan 2020

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    18 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Health & Social Care

  • Course Fee

    Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body

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