SCQF Level 6
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an HN).

This course is specifically designed for those who, after a period away from formal education, want to return and progress into degree level study.

Successful completion can lead you to a place on an HNC or degree course at college or university in the east of Scotland (for more information about SWAP and progression options, visit the SWAP East website

This is a competitive course and you will need to attend an interview. It is therefore very important that you take time to consider what you write in your personal statement and that you demonstrate to us your reasons for applying and wanting to become a nurse as well as any relevant work experience that you have.  

What You Will Learn
  • You will study the following subjects on the course:
  • Communications 4
  • Literature 1
  • Higher Care (Human Development and Behaviour, Social Influences and Values and Principles)
  • Higher Human Biology
  • Numeracy
  • IT
  • Dementia
  • Prevention of Infection
Entry Requirements
  • You must have been out of formal education for more than three years or 5 years if you have a Higher or HN qualification
  • Experience of working in a care setting is desirable but not essential 
  • A positive attitude, good communication skills and a genuine interest in nursing 
  • A good level of general education would be desirable 
  • A personal statement that demonstrates to us your reasons for applying for the course, wanting to become a nurse and also the relevance of any work experience that you have 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • This course is assessed by essays, reports and SQA National Assessments.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be invited for interview where you will be asked to do a written piece of work.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Universities across Scotland offering courses in Adult, Mental Health or Learning Disabilities and Nursing 
  • Please note that this course will not give you access to Midwifery or Child Health degree courses 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 4 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Edinburgh College student Elaine Burton was part of the NHS Lothian team that won the Nursing in Mental Health award, which recognises individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector who have developed initiatives that have improved the delivery of mental health care. 

Elaine and the Rapid Response team won the award for their care in older adult’s project which has improved the quality of life of their patients and allowed them to become more independent. We caught up with Elaine to speak about winning the award and to find out her plans for the future: 

“It feels amazing to get recognition for the work we do and it’s a great achievement for our team, who have all worked really hard over the past two years. I chose to study at Edinburgh College as my studies should open a lot of doors for me in terms of career paths. I am excited to be able to continue to work in my capacity as a clinical support worker and also be a student simultaneously.” 

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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

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