Access to Nursing (SWAP)

  • Campuses

    • Clydebank
    • Paisley
    • Greenock Waterfront
  • Course type

    Full time

  • Level

    SCQF 5

  • Campuses

    • Clydebank
    • Paisley
    • Greenock Waterfront
  • Course type

    Full time

  • Level

    SCQF 5


What will I learn?

If you would like to train as an adult, mental health, learning disability or child nurse but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.

Access to Nursing is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people over the age of 21 who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. The course prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education within college or university.

You'll learn about:

  • Human Body/Anatomy
  • Dementia
  • First Aid
  • HIV
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • IT

    What qualifications do I need?

    There is no formal entry requirement, but you must have been out of formal education for at least five years and have the ability to work towards SCQF level 6. The course is not available to those with qualifications at SCQF L6, HNC, HND or degree level and we recommend you apply for another care course based on your qualifications and experience.

    Applicants must live within the catchment areas of their local campus as agreed with SWAP West

    For a place on the SWAP Access to Nursing course, you will need to provide two references and attend the information session.

    Although not required for this course, you must be eligible to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

    A personal statement on your application is mandatory for this course and should include the following:.

    • Why do you want to study a care course?
    • What field of care do you want to work in – healthcare, social care, or childcare?
    • What skills and qualities do you possess and how could these be used in a care setting?
    • Do you have any care / work experience to date?
    • Any other information that would support your application

    What can I do after?

    After successfully completing this course, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to apply for job in care, or you could develop your skills further by studying another course such as:.

    • Progression to a university degree programme where SWAP negotiates places for successful candidates
    • HNC Healthcare Practice (SCQF level 7)



    Programme Information

    Start: August

    End: June

    Duration: 1 year

    Please note that this course will be delivered on campus. Should restrictions be reintroduced this course could be delivered via a blended learning approach - which includes face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches.

Additional Information

Our students go on to achieve great things

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Richard Myczko now at University

Study options

Campus Mode Level
Clydebank Full time SCQF 5
Paisley Full time SCQF 5
Greenock Waterfront Full time SCQF 5

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