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Access to Nursing (encompassing SWAP) (2018/19)

Course Content

Designed to prepare students to enter degree level study at university. It currently 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 Access programmes, including eligibility and possible progression routes, is available from the SWAP website at

Our January Access to Nursing course comprises 9 credits and is a progression to HNC Care and Administrative practice course or HNC Social Services only. This programme is not part of the SWAP Access programme.

Target Audience

The course is designed for those wishing to progress to university to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of all units from Level 5 Child, Health and Social Care group award or 5 SQA Standard Grades (including English) at Credit level (band 1 or 2) or a minimum of 4 National 5s. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to work at Higher level. All applications will be considered on an individual basis. 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 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 (Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check required.

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.


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.

How to Apply

Applications for our part-time courses are not currently open. If you would like further details, please contact us.

All course fees are reviewed annually, and subject to change. Published fees apply to the courses mode of delivery.

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