Healthcare and Social Services (Foundation Apprenticeship) Fast Track SCQF Level 6 - One Year - Schools Link


23 Aug 2024


13 Jun 2025

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you'll be prepared for a wide range of different Social Care roles. In Scotland, over 203,000 people work in social services. The number of jobs are still growing, and there are great opportunities for progression, too.

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Delivery will be a mix of online and in campus learning.
Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm - campus
Friday afternoon 2.00pm to 4.30pm - work placement
Hours of learning per week 9 hours.


Scottish Borders Campus. Any transport requirements will be arranged by the Schools Transport Team at Scottish Borders Council.

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Entry requirements

Pupils should have an interest and enthusiasm in exploring this area of work and be able to work at SCQF 6 (Higher Level). Applicants should be able to demonstrate values and principles relevant to working in care, such as kindness and empathy. Pupils should have a good level of written and spoken English. Communication with users of service as well as with staff in the workplace is a key competence. Ability to work with others, problem solve and a commitment to appropriate values is necessary. Pupils are required to undergo a PVG prior to placement.

Progression opportunities

There are a number of career pathways that the Social Services and Healthcare FA can lead to including: Adult Nurse, Childrens Nurse, Care Home Manager, Care Assistant Residential, Support Worker, Social Worker, MA SVQ Social Services & Healthcare SCQF level 7, HNC Childhood Practice and HNC Social Services SCQF level 7 Higher Education.

Application and Interview Process

If you would like to study a Foundation Apprenticeship as part of your school subjects, please read the relevant subject information and ensure you meet specific entry criteria. Please also discuss this with your guidance/pastoral teacher and complete the online application form. Visit the website:

Career Prospects

Gain an industry recognised qualification that is the same level of learning as a Higher, Learn skills that employers want and strengthen your CV or personal statement, Recognised by all Scottish Universities and Colleges, and supports your application for a job or a Modern Apprenticeship.

Course Content

The Foundation Apprenticeship includes National Progression Award and SVQ units in Social Services and Healthcare both at SCQF level 6. Units include Social Service in Scotland, Safeguarding People, Communication in Care Relationships, Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services and Human Developmentand Social Services. SVQ Units include Support Effective Communication, Support the Health and Safety of Yourself and Individuals, Support the Safeguarding of Individuals, Develop your own Knowledge and Practice.

To achieve your SVQ units, pupils are assessed as part of work placement.


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