SWAP Access To Nursing
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications to this course are now closed.

Access to Nursing is run in partnership with Scottish Wider Access Programme and is designed for adults who have been away from education, typically for three years or more. It will introduce you to a range of science and healthcare subjects to develop skills, knowledge and understanding required for progression to a university degree programme or HNC course at SCQF Level 7 in nursing or a health related field.

SWAP negotiate places at a range of universities for students successfully completing their SWAP course.

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

What will I learn?

  • First Aid
  • Prevention of infection
  • The human body
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Dementia
  • Understanding mental health issues
  • Preparing for higher education
  • Other nursing/health/science related units

Assessment will be continuous, with a mix of practical and theoretical assessments. There is no final examination.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • English/communication and numeracy skills are essential
  • Higher ESOL at A/B or equivalent is necessary if English is not your first language

Although this course has no formal entry requirements, you must have been:

  • out of education for at least 3 years and your highest qualification is National 5, or equivalent or
  • out of education for at least 5 years and your highest qualification is non-related HNC

Additional Information

  • A personal statement showing an interest and understanding of nursing and your reasons for applying for the course, also the relevance of any work experience that you have is required   
  • One suitable reference

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same 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 completion of the course and candidates will progress into undergraduate nursing programmes and 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 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 (remember to check your junk/SPAM folder if you do not hear from us). 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 February to April.

Stage 1

After attending an information session, a second application form will be made available.

Please complete this with a personal statement and provide a suitable reference.

Stage 2

You must pass a short online numeracy and written activity.

Stage 3

Successful candidates will then be invited for virtual group interview.

Please note: due to the high number of high applications for this course, an invitation to the information session and interview is not guaranteed.


  • 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 14 days or risk losing your place.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3267