Access to Nursing (SWAP)

UHI Argyll


Tobermory Centre, Oban Centre, Lochgilphead Centre and CERC, Dunoon Centre, Rothesay Centre, Campbeltown Centre, Arran Centre, Islay Centre, Helensburgh Centre, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


If you’d like to work in the health sector but lack the necessary qualifications this Access course can help get you on the right track.

Designed for students who have been out of education for more than 3 years, the Scottish Wider Access Programme provides a gateway to nursing. This course can help you move on to university to study adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disability nursing or child nursing.

You will receive a solid grounding in healthcare, as well as building confidence and self-esteem through studying with like-minded people, to prepare you for the return to education.

Entry Requirements

You have been out of education for at least 3 years and your highest qualification is SCQF level 5 (Standard Grade, Int 2, GCSE or equivalent) OR You have been out of education for at least 5 years and your highest qualification is SCQF level 6 or higher (Highers, A Levels, HN or equivalent Experience of working in a care setting is desirable.

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

This course is designed to prepare you for a Nursing programme at a variety of Universities in Scotland including: BA Health and Social Studies at University of Highlands and Islands.

Please note that this course WILL NOT give you access to Midwifery or Child Health degree programmes.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Health and Wellbeing

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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