Borders College

Foundation Apprenticeships

What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

A new and exciting way to learn
Studied over 2 years a Foundation Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to spend part of the week with a workplace and at college.

Study alongside your other subjects
You’ll complete the Foundation Apprenticeship during 5th and 6th year alongside your other subjects like National 5s and Highers.

More than just a qualification
Over the 2 years you will work towards an industry recognised qualification in college, but what’s more is you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practice in the workplace.

Unlock a range of career options
Whether you’re planning to go on to college or university, enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work, a Foundation Apprenticeship can give you a wide range of skills and experience to help your application and personal statement stand out from the crowd.

Getting started with gaining experience
Sometimes, getting started in a career can seem like an impossible task. Young people need experience to find a job, but they need a job to gain experience. That’s where a Foundation Apprenticeship can help.

Same level of learning as a Higher
A Foundation Apprenticeship is set at SCQF level 6 and based on existing industry-recognised qualifications including Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) and National Certificates (NC).

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Skills Development Scotland, with the support of the European Social Fund, has developed Foundation Apprenticeships which enable pupils in S4 to S6 to complete elements of a Modern Apprenticeship while still at school.


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