Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)




  • Art, Design & Photography
  • Computing


  • Aberdeen City Campus

Why take this course?

This programme incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning to prepare you for entry to the workplace or full-time Further or Higher Education. The course is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

Creative and Digital media encompasses the range of creative roles where interactive media storytelling and commerce collide. The utilisation of creative digital content to enable either a product of another service such as marketing, advertising or information gathering, offers a vast array of job roles ranging from pure creative to more technical and data-driven responsibilities within film, TV, VFX, animation, games, radio, advertising and marketing communications, publishing, print and fashion and textiles.

In addition to all of this – and more importantly – this growing sector needs people! One third of tech companies cite talent shortages as an inhibiter to expansion and there are significant opportunities for young creative people whose interest in digital media extends beyond consuming content and into creating it and getting it out to audiences.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media is for pupils in S5 and S6.

Over one or two years you will complete a National Progression Award at SCQF Level 6 in Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices and a large part of the Diploma in Creative Digital Media. The National Progression Award will include units in:

  • Creative Industries: An Introduction — Scotland
  • Storytelling for the Creative Industries
  • Understanding the Creative process
  • Understanding a Creative Brief

You will also participate in a Media Project during which you will showcase your understanding of the creative process by producing a creative and digital item to meet with a given brief. You will also undertake work–based learning during which you will attend an extended work placement with an industry partner equivalent to a day a week. During that time you will develop essential skills for the workplace and be assessed on your performance against the following units:

  • Present Ideas and Information to Others in the Creative Industries
  • Work Effectively with Others in the Creative Industries
  • Develop Own Professional Practice in the Creative Industries
  • Work with Digital Media
  • Manage and Market Yourself as a Freelancer in the Creative Industries
  • Ensure Your Own Actions Reduce Risks to Health and Safety

Pupils completing this Foundation Apprenticeship on a Short Duration Delivery Model (1 year programme) will be expected to undertake both coursework and work based learning elements within the same year, generally spending equivalent of a day a week in a College staff delivered class and a day a week on placement. We recommend that applicants for the one year delivery model only study 3 additional school based courses alongside the Foundation Apprenticeship.