Foundation Apprenticeship
Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in Social Care and Healthcare.


Why take this course?

This two year programme incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning, in order to prepare you for entry to the workplace or full-time Further or Higher Education. The course is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

Over 400,000 people work in social services and healthcare in Scotland – caring for people when they need it most.  Whether it’s helping an older person to get ready in the morning to providing nursing and medical care in a hospital setting, a career in the social services and healthcare sector is a as vital as it is rewarding.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services could set you on the right track.  All Social Work degrees in Scotland accept a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare for entry.

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. Find out more 

What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare 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 4 Mandatory Units of the SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare.

The National Progression Award in year one will includes units in:

  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Safeguarding People
  • Communication in Care Relationships
  • Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services
  • Human Development and Social Influences

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 individual
three female students in classroom

Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

The Foundation Apprenticeship is open to applications from current S4 pupils planning on continuing at school until the end of S6.  Applicants should be expecting to achieve a pass in N5 English.  

Applicants should consider which Highers will be required alongside the Foundation Apprenticeship to support future progression pathways.  Higher Human Biology could support progression to Nursing studies.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview and also to 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


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

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


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.