Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)


  • Computing

Why take this course?

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development is designed to provide S5 and S6 pupils opportunities to develop skills and knowledge for entry into a career in the IT sector. It also contributes directly to achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecoms by attainment of the core units of the MA qualification. Building the fundamental skills required to pursue further training or employment in software development.

This course would suit individuals who:

  • Have an interest in design and creativity, with good attention to detail
  • Have a mathematical or analytical mind
  • Have good logical reasoning and problem solving skills

This two–year programme incorporates classroom–based study with work–based learning to prepare you for entry to the workplace or full–time Further or Higher Education.

This course can give you the practical experience to help accelerate your career in Software Development, you will focus on software design & development, website and application development.

As of 2019 there are over 500 jobs available in Soctland which require experience of Software Development, taking this course can lead you onto a promising career with lots of potential and will also support you in pursuing a career in Cyber Security at a later date.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology (Software Development) is for pupils in S5 and S6. You will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6 in Software Development. You will also complete an extended work placement during which you will work towards the Diploma for IT & Telecommunications Professionals.

The NPA will include units in:

  • Software Design and Development
  • Computing: Applications Development
  • Computing: Authoring a Website

You will also undertake work–based learning during which you will attend an extended work experience 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 in each of the following areas:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Health and Safety in IT & Telecom
  • Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements for IT & Telecoms Systems
  • Data Modelling 1
  • Object Oriented Computer Programming 2

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.