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 personal statement and diagnostic test All applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Method of Assessment

Assessment methods include class activities, written reports, essays and exams.

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 adult, mental health and learning disability nursing only, HNC Healthcare Practice or HNC Social Services. Please note this course will not lead to Midwifery or Childrens Nursing.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    29 Aug 2022

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Health & Social Care

  • 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. International Students please refer to our International fees page

Recruitment is now for Reserve List places only – please contact us if you wish to discuss

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