Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)


  • Engineering

Why take this course?

Engineering is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career that presents a wealth of opportunities for Scotland’s young people to enter a diverse and often unique field of work including research, design and development and manufacturing. The sector continues to expand and grow and the Scottish Government recognises the sector as one of the key economic priority areas for investment. Sectors include:

  • Aerospace & Avionics Engineering
  • Design Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Health & Safety Engineering
  • Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum, Oil & Gas Engineering
  • Power Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Project Management Engineering
  • Quality Engineering
  • Research & Development Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecoms
  • Digital Comms & Networks Engineering
  • Test Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

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What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering is a two-year programme that starts at the beginning of S5. It is expected that pupils will continue at school to the end of S6 to complete this programme. Opportunities to engage with industry partners will be made available during the course.

In S5 you will attend College for the equivalent of one day per week and work towards gaining units for a National Certificate at SCQF Level 6 in Electrical Engineering. You will also complete five units within the SVQ Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 (PEO 2) framework at SCQF Level 5. In S6 you will attend College for the equivalent of two days per week to complete the National Certificate SCQF Level 6 in Electrical Engineering.

In addition, you will also undertake work-based learning with an industry partner, mostly during the second year of the programme. During that time you will develop essential skills for the workplace and make connections with employers.