Access to Nursing

Course Introduction

The programme is made up of national units at Higher level, Higher Human Biology and Higher Care. The range of subjects includes Sociology and Psychology, Values and Principles in Care, Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness. Students will also study Communication, Numeracy and ICT. There will also be external assessments for the National courses. The course also includes a care work placement.


Higher Qualifications at SCQF Level 6


Full-time 36 week course 3 days per week in College 1 day per week on placement


Scottish Borders Campus

Entry Requirements

4 Standard Grade passes at Credit level or 3 Intermediate 2 passes, to include both English and Biology, although those with relevant work experience may be eligible.

This programme is allied to the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP). SWAP exists to help promote access to higher education to adults who have been away from education for some time and who may have little or no qualifications. Further information is available on the SWAP website at

Students will also be required to complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) form.

Applicants may be required to complete a preparatory course as a condition of being placed on this course.

Progression Opportunities

The course is suitable for applicants who wish to prepare for further studies in Health Care e.g. HNC Care and Administrative Practice at Borders College, or a Degree in Nursing Studies, or for those who wish to go directly into employment in health related areas e.g. Nursing Assistants, Care Assistants.

Important Notice:

Borders College promote known progression routes to other colleges and universities. Students who wish to pursue a progression opportunity should first clarify the latest entry requirements for that organisation before committing to any course of study with us. In addition, a university may change the entry requirements for advanced entry during the delivery of your chosen course and the College may not be able to change that course content within the recruitment timeframe. Borders College has no control over entry requirements or any changes to entry requirements for courses at other colleges or universities.