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 majority of your lessons will be live online through Teams, this reflects well the way you will also be expected to study at university and is good preparation for that. There are bookable study spaces in the college where you can bring your own device along with your headset and use college wi-fi.
The course is challenging, and considerable study will be required out-with College time. Students with a good support network tend to be more successful. Learners must be able to cope with the demands of study at SCQF6 and demonstrate the potential to go on to study a degree.
A career in health and social care requires that you meet the standards required for professional registration. This is different to academic qualifications. Please read these requirements at the following links as you may be asked about them at interview:
- 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for you if you are over the age of 21, and left school without any qualifications or have qualifications, which are now out of date and are therefore unable to apply to university.
- Your personal statement in this application must be no less than 250 words.
- There will be a requirement to become a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme). As such you must not have a criminal record.
- You are required to show evidence of Covid vaccination (Covid Pass App)
- You will be required to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test for any days when you are required to attend in person for lessons or use bookable space to study in college.
- Applications may only be accepted from those residing in Scotland.
- If you are currently studying in the college, have undertaken a programme of study within the past 3 years (5 years if you have studied at SCQF level 6), or if you already hold the entry criteria for university you will not be eligible to apply for this programme. Those who already hold degrees, HND or HNC are also not eligible for this programme.
- Whilst this course meets the entry criteria for pre-registration nursing programmes at universities agreed with SWAP, this does not guarantee you an interview. Much depends on your application to them and your grades with us.
- You should have access to a device with a camera, microphone and speakers for online lessons, and for typing up portfolios and assessments as well as storing notes. The college has a limited number of devices it can lend, please tick the appropriate box on your application if you have no appropriate devices.
- Please note this course is only for those interested in nursing as a career. It does not meet entry criteria for midwifery, paediatric nursing or paramedic science.
Information and Interview Session Requirements
- Applicants must respond to the information and interview session invitation – your appointment may be offered to someone else if you do not. This interview may take place via Teams or phone.
- Applicants may be required to undertake a numeracy and literacy test as part of the entry interview which is scored.
- Be prepared to sit a numeracy test. You can practice in advance at the following website:
- Be prepared to write around 250 words in 20 minutes for us to assess your writing potential. You may be given a topic such as My Home Town, My Greatest Achievement, My Hopes for the Future. The topic will be decided for you on the day.
- There may be a group or individual interview similar to the nursing recruitment process for university where each individual will be given the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics relevant to a career in nursing. This may take the form of choosing a photo which will help you in your discussion. Examples of the way these photos are used are available at the following website:
- You should also be prepared to discuss:
- Your strengths and weaknesses.
- Skills you have that would be useful in nursing.
- Your understanding of the role of a nurse.
- Your understanding of the current key issues in nursing.
- All learners on a programme who wish to continue to a further programme must be able to obtain a positive progressing learner reference.
Please ensure prior to interview you have looked at the following web pages, you may be questioned about this at interview:
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 Well-Being 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.
In order to progress to university, you must obtain at least 3 B Profile Grades from your lecturers which will be decided at a team assessment board at the end of the academic year. These grades are based on three key areas:
- Ability to handle text (including comprehension, critical analysis, and retention)
Fluency of expression (both written and oral)
Overall performance, including attendance, future potential and attitude towards study.
As added value during the first block, your lecturers will assist with your personal statement when applying to UCAS for university. You must meet the College deadline for UCAS to allow your lecturing team to check your application and write you an appropriate reference.
Successful completion of the programme may provide articulation to a Nursing degree at UWS and other universities.
You will need to present them with an appropriate well written application through UCAS.
You may also want to apply for UWS First Steps to Nursing programme which runs after this course ends and finishes before the student nurse intake in September, see details here https://www.uws.ac.uk/media/3785/first-steps-to-nursing-module.pdf
If you are successful on this course but not successful in your application to university then our recommendation is that you seek employment in the care sector before applying through UCAS the following year. You may be considered for HNC level study, but your application will not be a priority as you will already hold the entry criteria for university.
Successful completion of the programme and a successful interview for university may lead to becoming a student nurse at university. You may want to specialise as an adult nurse, mental health or learning disability nurse. Employment in a health or social care setting e.g. as a Support Worker or Care Assistant.
Additional funding information
You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.
One year of study to gain all the entry criteria to go to university. A mature well motivated class who all have the same aim of a career in nursing.