Access to Nursing (encompassing SWAP)

Course Content

This course is designed to prepare learners to enter Higher Education at HNC or degree level. It covers a variety of Higher level subjects comprising 18 credits (care related units and core skills), an externally marked project-based assessment and a voluntary placement element. Further information on SWAP programmes, including eligibility and possible progression routes, is available from the SWAP website at

Entry Requirements

Completed Level 5 Care programme or minimum of 4 National 5s. Suitable applicants will be invited to attend an information session. Selection will be made on a satisfactory interview, diagnostic test and satisfactory reference. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Acceptable PVG. 

Method of Assessment

Assessment methods include class activities, written reports and essays, role-play scenarios and discussion panels.

Future Prospects

Completion of all units, a good attendance record and a positive reference may allow learners to progress to either university degree courses in nursing, HNC Healthcare Practice or HNC Social Services.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    13 Sep 2021

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Access to Higher Education

  • This course is now full and closed for applications.