SWAP Access to Nursing SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and provides the key skills and entry requirements you need to progress to higher education within health and social care.

SWAP Access to Nursing runs in partnership between colleges and universities in the east of Scotland to promote and support access to higher education in nursing.

As people live longer, demand for qualified workers in health and social care continues to grow across our region, Scotland and the rest of the developed world.  As a result, there are opportunities for work in nursing, social care, health promotion and related fields across the NHS, local authorities and private companies.

This course aims to equip you with a thorough knowledge of human growth and development. Through theoretical study this course will build the foundations to a career in either nursing, health or social care.

You will develop an awareness of the skills required when working with varying groups of clients.

Special features:

  • This course is an ideal introduction if you have been out of education for more than three years
  • You will gain skills and theoretical knowledge to help you progress on to further study or into employment
  • SWAP 'profile grades' are based on continuous assessment, not final exam results
  • Alongside academic units, you will work through a variety of personal development and study skills materials aimed at helping you develop the skills and confidence you will need to succeed at university level study.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you must have been out of education for five or more years (if you have qualifications at Higher level)


three or more years (if your qualifications are below Higher level).

You must demonstrate in your personal statement your experience and commitment to working in this field.

Course content includes:

  • Healthy Eating
  • HIV,  Hepatitis B and C Infections
  • Understanding of Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • Caring for People with Dementia
  • Prevention of Infection
  • Continuation of Life
  • Child Protection
  • Research
  • Care: Human Development
  • Care: Social Influences
  • Care: Values & Principles
  • Health Promotion

Study and Skills events are hosted by our partner universities, along with industry specific guest speakers.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • Full Time
  • Face to face teaching sessions
  • Online Delivery
  • Tutorial
  • Individual and Group Work
  • Student Research
  • Video/Power Point Presentations

How long will my course last?

1 Year

(classes between the hours of 9.00am and 2.30pm)

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may choose to enter employment in a health or care environment.

Alternatively, you may be able to progress on to Pre-registration Nurse education at another institution or HNC Healthcare Practice at Moray College UHI.

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.