Foundation Apprenticeship
Children & Young People SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in working with children and young people.


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. In S5 you will complete a National Progression Award at SCQF Level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare. In S6 you will complete the four Mandatory Units of the SVQ 2 Social Services (Children & Young People).

The National Progression Award in year one will includes 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, mostly in year 2 (6th year of school) 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.

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Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

This course is suited to school pupils who expect to continue at school until the end of S6 and are on track to achieve passes in related National 5 awards in S4.

Related areas would include English, Biology, Modern Studies, PE, Skills for Work Early Education and Childcare or Skills for Work Health Sector. There is now also a 1 year study option available to eligible pupils. Pupils would benefit from studying subjects such as Higher English, Higher Psychology, Higher Biology, Higher Modern Studies, Higher PE during S5 and S6.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview and be eligible for PVG Scheme membership.

What you need to know

Anything else?

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

  • Be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in the classroom. 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

Foundation Apprenticeships are accepted by all Scottish Universities as equivalent to at least one Higher. Please refer to individual institutions admissions guidance for further information.


View Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) resources for career planning in the care sector

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


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.