SWAP Access to Nursing

Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) give opportunities to adults returning to study after a period of time away from education. They are specifically designed for adult returners who do not have the necessary qualifications to gain a place on an HN or a degree course at university. Successful completion of this programme will give you an opportunity to apply for Nursing at a number of universities in Scotland. Adults with few or no qualifications will be considered.



Care Higher units



Health Care units

Nursing, Health Care

Degrees in Adult Nursing; Mental Health Nursing; Child Nursing; Learning Disabilities Nursing

HNC Social Services; HNC Health Care Practice


Adult returners with few or no formal qualifications will be considered. Applicants must have been out of f/time education for at least 3 years (for those whose highest qualification is level 5) or 5 years (for those who have Highers or other level 6 qualifications). Recent level 5 study may not preclude you from being eligible. Click here for full information on SWAP eligibility criteria. Is SWAP for me? You can also contact the SWAP office for advice if you are unsure of your eligibility swap.east@ed.ac.uk

For more information on SWAP and progression opportunities

SWAP’s website

SWAP East’s degree search


Stirling Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6