NQ Access to Nursing (SWAP)

2019 applications open in January 2019. Register your interest below.
Start Date: August 2018
Level of Qualification: National Units
SCQF Level: 6

This course is a good option for those interested in the Adult, Mental Health or Learning Disability branches of Nursing. It is designed to give you the knowledge, core skills and confidence to progress onto a university course to study nursing.  

This course is only suitable for Adult, Mental health or Learning Disability branches of Nursing and not Midwifery or Paediatric.  

Further information about SWAP Access courses can be found at www.scottishwideraccess.org


One academic year


You will gain knowledge in a range of subjects including medical terminology, social influences, values and principles, human development and behaviour and human biology units. As part of the course, you will also develop core skills in communication, numeracy and IT.


Although no formal qualifications are required, some experience within a care setting would be beneficial. Entry is by interview and you will need to take brief pre-entry tests to help ascertain your levels of literacy, numeracy and ability to cope with the demands of the course. This is course is for those who want to enter a degree programme in nursing and have been out of full-time education for at least three years, or 5 years if you already hold SCQF level 6 or above qualifications.

What to include in your College Application Statement? Check out our guidance here: College Application statement guidance


Education: On successful completion of the course, students can apply to adult, mental health or learning disability branches of nursing through UCAS.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview for this course, the instructions are below:

Please expect to be in college for around two hours.

Please complete the personal statement of not more than 300 words covering the following points, and bring it with you to your interview:

  • Reasons for applying to the Access to Nursing course
  • Branch of nursing that you prefer to study at university
  • Skills, qualities and roles of a nurse
  • Challenges that you will face as a mature student returning to full time education

Candidates invited for interview should bring with them any evidence of academic/training qualifications as detailed on application along with a personal statement

You will also be required to complete a Numeracy assessment.

For advice on your interview and how to achieve success please visit here: https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/nail-your-college-interview

Watch a video of what you can achieve here: https://youtu.be/dZYYFkUtPFc


Course Enquiry

If you have any questions regarding this course, please complete the course enquiry form below. The Admissions team will respond to you as soon as possible.

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