SWAP Access to Nursing
What is special about this course?
Our SWAP Access to Nursing course is exactly what you will need if you are thinking of a career in nursing or care.
If you would like to train in the health industry but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.
Access to Nursing is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people who have been out of formal education for at least 3 years (see Entry Requirements for more details). It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education and can lead to a place at college or university.
Health care is provided in settings such as nursing homes, residential homes, hospitals and resource centres for people with learning disabilities. The demands for a skilled health care workforce are increasing.
This course provides a range of topics both theoretical and practical related to working in this sector.
Care workers must operate from a good ethical value base and so you will study the principles underpinning the National Occupational Standards and National Care Standards. The programme will allow you to meet the professional standards required for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.
The following universities will consider applications from SWAP Access to Nursing students to their degree programmes:
- Experience of working in a care setting is desirable but not essential
- Good communication skills and a real interest in working with people
- A successful interview
Additionally, the criteria for entry to this SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) course are:
- Out of education for at least 3 years and your highest qualification is National 5, or
- Out of education for at least 5 years and your highest qualification is Higher.
Preparation for Higher Education
Understanding of Mental Health & Mental Illness
Working as a Team in a Care Setting
Understanding the Needs of the Older Person
Caring for People with Dementia
- Care Human Development & Behaviour
- Care Social Influences
- Care Values & Principles
Human Biology Higher 4 credits (evening class)
- Human Cells
- Physiology & Health
- Neurobiology & Immunology
2 Week Work Placement
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
How long will my course last?
Where can I study my course?
- Fort William
Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.
If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.
If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.
If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.
Students may qualify for bursary, EMA or childcare funding. Please contact your local college centre or Student Services for more information.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
Apply for SWAP Access to Nursing
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