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Access to Nursing and Social Services (encompassing SWAP) (2018/19)

Course Content

Designed to prepare learners to enter Higher Education at HNC or degree level, this course 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

Target Audience

The course is designed for those wishing to progress to university to undertake a degree in Nursing or progression to HNC Social Services or HNC Care and Administrative Practice.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the units from Level 5 Health and Social Care, Early Education and Childcare or Child, Health and Social Care Group award. Five SQA standard grades (including English) at Credit level (band 1 or 2) or a minimum of four National 5s. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to work at Higher level. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis. For Nursing, SWAP students are also eligible for this course and their entry requirements may be different. The Scottish Wider Access Programmes are designed for adults who may have few or no formal qualifications, have been away from education for at least three years (five 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 on satisfactory completion of a values exercise and a satisfactory reference. Acceptable Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG).

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 HNC Care and Administrative Practice or HNC Social Services.


A variety of methods are used to obtain evidence throughout the course including: class activities, written reports and essays, role play scenarios and discussion panels. This is in line with the new Higher Care.




Arbroath Campus

How to Apply

Courses marked 2018/19 are an indication of our likely provision. These courses are currently under review and may be subject to change.

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