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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This course is now full

Access to Nursing with ESOL is run in partnership with Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). It is designed to prepare adults returning to education where English is not their first language with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to allow progression to degree programmes in nursing or health-related fields, or to progress to further studies in related HNC programmes.

The course is accepted by partner universities in lieu of other entry qualifications. It also includes intensive guidance to develop confidence, core skills and aims to maximise the chance of successful progression to higher education.

This course is not available to study on a part time basis.

What will I learn?

Subjects may include:

  • Foundations for care practice
  • The human body
  • Numeracy
  • Introduction to mental health
  • ESOL Level 6
  • Report and essay writing skills
  • Preparing for higher education
  • Other nursing / health / science related units

Assessment will be continuous with a a mix of practical and theoretical assessments.

You will sit the Higher ESOL exam in May.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • This course is suitable for those who have English as a second language, and who hold ESOL National 5 at A, or equivalent.
  • You should have been out of compulsory education for at least three years, although exceptional circumstances will be considered, and your highest qualification should be a non-related HNC.
  • When you complete the application form you should complete the  'Personal Statement' showing an interest and understanding of nursing and your reasons for applying for the course, also including the relevance of any work experience that you have, and demonstrating that you are highly motivated, conscientious and show academic potential. 
  • One suitable reference
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in a similar subject area.

For further information about the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP), please visit the SWAP website. 

Employer and industry links

This course is delivered in partnership with Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP).

SWAPWest is a partnership between colleges and universities in the West of Scotland which aims to support access to higher education for adults.

Jobs and further study

Progression routes are subject to successful performance at college, and a relevant university/college interview.

If successful, you can progress to undergraduate nursing programmes and relevant HNC courses. This includes:

  • SWAP partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, and Stirling University
  • HNC Healthcare Practice
  • HNC Occupational Therapy Support
  • HNC Social Services
  • HNC Additional Support Needs

This course may also help individuals achieve employment within the care sector. 

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

You will be invited to attend an information session that covers the course requirements/content/delivery, progression routes and funding. These information sessions will take place from May to August

Stage 1: attending an online information session

Stage 2: to pass an ESOL literacy assessment  and group interview. 

 Please note:  

A scoring system will be used for your initial application, the ESOL literacy  assessment and individual participation in the group discussion.  

Due to the high number of high applications for this course, an interview is not guaranteed and only the highest scoring candidates will be offered places.   


  • Unconditional place: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
  • Conditional place: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements, references supplied and qualifications verified.
  • Waiting list: you have met all the entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you will be contacted prior to the start of course.
  • Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the college Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within three weeks of the interview.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3267