Foundation Apprenticeship (SCQF Level 6)


1 year


Options Available


  • Care


  • Options Available

Why take this course?

This programme, delivered over one or two years, 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.

Every child deserves the best start in life, and by enrolling on this course you can help to make sure this happens. If you enjoy working with young people, making sure they are healthy and happy and seeing them play, learn and develop confidence, this Foundation Apprenticeship could be for you. There’s a big demand for skilled people in the sector, meaning there are lots of job opportunities and great progression routes!

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

For information, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) provides a useful tool/resource for career planning within the care sector.

What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children & Young People) is for pupils in S5 and S6. You will complete a National Progression Award at SCQF Level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare and four Mandatory Units of the SVQ 2 Social Services (Children & Young People).

The National Progression Award will include units in:

  • Safeguarding of Children and Young People
  • Play for Children and Young People
  • Communication with Children and Young People
  • Development of Children and Young People
  • Promote the wellbeing and safety of Children and Young People

You will also undertake work–based learning during which you will gain the mandatory units of the SVQ Level 2 qualification. Two additional optional SVQ Level 2 units must be completed upon entry to the social services workforce.

  • Support effective communication
  • Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice
  • Support the safeguarding of children and young people

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.