Access courses


If you have been away from study for some time, or don’t have the usual entry requirements for a HN or degree, we have a range of access courses for you to choose from.

Access courses introduce you to higher education study and provide you with the skills to successfully complete a HN or degree qualification. 

Many also have subject-specific content so you will be studying the subject of your interest during the access year.  You can see how access courses link to other university courses.

History content



Access to History degree programmes.

The Christian Theology Access course, provided by Highland Theological College UHI is accepted as an access course to the following history degree programmes with the University:

  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) History and Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) History and Literature
  • BA (Hons) History and Theology
  • BA (Hons) Scottish History
  • BA (Hons) Scottish History and Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Scottish History and Literature
  • BA (Hons) Scottish History and Theology

The course may be studied from home, or on campus at Highland Theological College UHI.

Humanities content



Access to Humanities (SWAP) - available to study from home or UHI partner colleges.

If you would like to get the benefits a Higher Education can bring, this Access to Humanities (SWAP) course is for you.

As well as proving your academic credibility, it will develop the skills you need to progress to a wide range of HNC, HND or degree courses. This is an entirely online course * that can be studied throughout the UHI area, and beyond.

You will complete 18 credits based on the SQA Social Science units at Level 5 and 6.  These units will provide you with a solid academic foundation as well as many transferrable skills that you can take into a raft of different career options.  We have designed this course to immerse you in many of the subject disciplines in the wider Humanities area, so you are better informed of what degree to embark upon.  You will study units on: politics; philosophy; history; psychology; economics; literature amongst others.  Furthermore, your core skills will be refreshed with communications, IT, personal development planning and numeracy to ensure your transition to HN or Degree is one you are well prepared for.

The course allows progression to humanities degree programmes at the University, and at other institutions and is offered through SWAP and is delivered by Perth College UHI. 

*if you require the National 5 exam, this will need a visit to campus next year. It will be offered at Perth College UHI, but it may be possible to sit this at other UHI campus locations.

Nursing content



Access to Nursing

Access to Nursing is available at a number of our partners.

On completion you may apply to Nursing degree courses.  You can also apply for our HNC Social Care, HNC Care and Administrative Practice or HNC/BA Social Sciences courses.

Theology content



Access to Christian Theology.

Available at Highland Theological College UHI or study from home.

The Access to Christian Theology course may be used as an entry route before embarking on the BA (Hons) Theological Studies programme.

Course modules include:

  • Study Skills for Theology
  • Biblical Theology
  • Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity
  • Introduction to Pastoral Theology
NC and NQ content

NC and NQ

NC and NQ

National Certificate and National Qualification courses.

Almost all UHI colleges have a wide selection of NC (National Certificate) and NQ (National Qualification) courses.  

NC and NQ courses are first level courses.  As such no previous knowledge of your chosen subject is required.  The typical entry requirements for an NQ or NC course is 3 or 4 Standard Grade passes at a level 3 or above, however for some NQ and NC courses no formal qualifications are required.  

They are usually made up of three National Unit Credits and an external assessment.  One Unit Credit is equivalent to 40 hours of learning.  Most will require one year of study.  

On successful completion of the course students can choose to progress on to either a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), or degree course with the University.  

Please search each partner UHI site to find out which NC and NQ courses are available, and which HN or degree courses you may progress onto upon completion.