Foundation Apprenticeship
Business Skills SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in business skills.


Why take this course?

This one 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.  It will provide you with certificated evidence of your knowledge and the skills you have developed to prepare you for future work in a business setting.

You will be well-equipped for progressing to a Modern Apprenticeship in Business, starting an HND course in Business at College, or progressing to university level study. 

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

The variety of topics covered means that you will gain a valuable appreciation of the vast range of factors involved in modern day business practice.  This qualification sits well alongside Higher Business Management to provide a broad insight into the world of business.You will study towards a National Progression Award which will include units in: 

  • Understanding Business 
  • Management of People and Finance 
  • Working with IT Software – Word Processing and Presenting Information
  • Working with IT Software – Spreadsheet and Database 
  • Contemporary Business Issues 

You will also undertake work-based learning during which you will gain accredited experience in the following areas: 

  • Plan how to manage your own performance in a business environment
  • Communication in a business environment 
  • Supporting other people to work in a business environment 
  • Designing and producing documents in a business environment.
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Key facts

Entry requirements

This programme is only open to pupils going into S6 who expect to achieve success in Higher Business Management studied in S5.

What you need to know

Anything else?

You will participate in a half day a week at College or within your school and a full day per week on Work Placement — the work placement day will be flexible according to your S6 timetable.

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self–study
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment

Please note that eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

This course will prepare you to access a range of university degrees programmes. Foundation Apprenticeships are accepted by all Scottish Universities as equivalent to at least one Higher. For further information you should consult the entry criteria for individual courses at the institution of your choice.


If you choose to apply for a Modern Apprenticeship opportunity you will be well prepared for advanced entry to the associated framework.

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This course involves a work placement — the work placement day will be flexible according to your S6 timetable.

Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.