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  • Start date:   August 2020
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6


Please note, this course is now full. You can still apply for this course, but your application will be placed on a waiting list.

This course is a good option for those interested in the adult, mental health or learning disability branches of nursing (note: it is not suitable for other branches). It gives you the knowledge, core skills and confidence to progress on to a university course to study nursing. It is suitable for those who have not been in formal education for at least three years, or five years if you have Higher or equivalent qualifications.


Read about Andrew Campbelton's West Lothian College experience here

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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Medical terminology
    • Social influences, values and principles
    • Human development and behaviour
    • Human biology units
    • Communication, numeracy and IT

Why choose this course

It allows you to progress to adult, mental health or learning disability branches of nursing through university.

Our SWAP courses help prepare you for university, with 97% of the students that progressed to university in 2018 successfully completing their first year. 

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Some experience in care an advantage
  • You will need to be eligible for a PVG check
  • Must meet SWAP eligibility criteria (out of education for three years or five years if you have Higher or equivalent qualifications
  • Where it leads

    Education: university to study adult, mental health or learning disability nursing through UCAS; or HNC studies. Previous students have gone on to study at institutions such including University of Stirling, University of Edinburgh,QMU, Edinburgh Napier and Robert Gordon University

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around two hours. Please bring any evidence of academic/training qualifications, and the following prepared personal statement (maximum 300 words):

  • Reasons for applying to the access to nursing course
  • Branch of nursing that you would like 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

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.