Access to Nursing (SWAP)

Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus


This programme provides a route to university for adults who are returning to education after a substantial period of time. The course is a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and contains a combination of units that meet the entry criteria for entry to the first year of nurse training at university.

The programme may include the following units, which will be a combination of National 5, and Higher Units:

Values and Principles in Care, Caring for People with Dementia, Application of Mathematics, Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Environmental Biology and Genetics, Ensure Your Own Actions Support the Care, Protection and Wellbeing of Individuals and Preparation for Higher Education. You will receive input from SWAP and UWS during the programme to support you to apply to university.

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for you if you are over the age of 21, and left school without any qualifications or have qualifications, which are now out of date and are therefore unable to apply to university.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of the programme may provide articulation to a Nursing degree at UWS and other universities.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Social Studies

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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NC and NQ and Access