Access to Nursing SCQF level 6

What is special about this course?

If you’d like to train in the health industry but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you.

This full time course allows students the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the health care industry for employment in a health or care setting or progression on to Higher Education in a health or care profession.

Entry requirements

  • Four National 5 qualifications or equivalent, including English and a science subject (preferably Biology).
  • Experience of working in a care setting is desirable but not essential
  • Good communication skills and a real interest in working with people
  • A successful interview

If you satisfy the SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) criteria, please see the separate course listing for Access to Nursing (SWAP).  SWAP criteria are:

  • Out of education for at least 3 years and your highest qualification is SCQF level 5 (Standard Grade, Int 2, GCSE or equivalent),or
  • Out of education for at least 5 years and your highest qualification is SCQF level 6 or higher (Highers, A Levels, HN or equivalent)

This 18 credit course includes units on the principles and values of Care and Human Biology, as well as other health-related units appropriate for a career in Nursing. You will also learn the core skills of Numeracy and ICT.

In order to equip you with flexible qualifications for progression, you will complete the Scottish Highers in Care and Human Biology, as well as the Communication (NC) and Literature 1 units which equate to Higher English for entry to many university courses.

During the course you will take part in a small number of study days in Oban, where you will undertake learning activities in a clinical environment.

The course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to work as part of a care team and enter into Higher Education.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face and blended learning.

How long will my course last?

One year

Where can I study my course?

Start date

The course will start at the beginning of September of each year. Please contact your local centre for more details on precise dates.

Please note that the closing date for 2019 applications is Friday 26th April.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • First year of a Nursing Programme at a variety of Universities in Scotland.
  • BA Health and Social Studies at University of Highlands and Islands.
  • HNC Social Care
  • Further studies in paramedic or allied health professions.
  • Employment in a health/care environment

Please note that this course will not give you access to Midwifery or Child Health Degree Programmes

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What our students, graduates and staff say

This Access course is a great opportunity for those hoping to work in the health industry in a variety of roles including paramedic, adult or mental nursing, or disability care. The course aims to provide the necessary skills and knowledge for academic progression in the healthcare industry.

Applications for this subject are now closed for entry in 2019. If you would like to register an interest in applying for entry in September 2020 please contact your local learning centre.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll 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.