Access to Nursing (SWAP) NQ

What is special about this course?

This course is a SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) which supports adults, ordinarily resident in Scotland to return to education after a gap. It will help you to develop the skills you need to progress into Higher Education, to a wide range of HNC, HND and degree level courses.

If would like to find out more about SWAP, and see what progression routes are available, you can view more information here. The SWAP East Team can also answer any specific queries that you may have:

This is a Category 1 PVG course. During the course you will have contact with vulnerable groups of people, therefore to successfully complete the course, you are required to be a member of the PVG Scheme. Further information will be provided to successful applicants. You can also visit the PVG scheme website for more information. 

Entry requirements

Students must have been out of full-time education for at least 3 years if they have studied to SCQF Level 5 and 5 years if they have studied to SCQF Level 6 or above. Biology at Credit level (Standard Grade) or National 5 is desirable. 

All applicants will be required to successfully pass a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.

A professional reference and written piece is required before interview.

For further information on whether this programme is for you, please go to: Is SWAP for me?

Units studied include:

  • Core skills (communication, ICT, numeracy)
  • Values and principles in care;
  • First Aid
  • Human Biology

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; online; independent study

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You can apply for our HNC Social Care, HNC Care and Administrative Practice or HNC/BA Social Sciences courses.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply to study on the BSc Nursing at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

You may also be able to join the degree course in Nursing at the University of Dundee or Stirling. Similar programmes at other Scottish universities may also be open to you.

Is there more information available online?

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