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This programme is delivered over one year and incorporates online classroom-based study with work–based learning, in order to prepare you for entry to the workplace, Further or Higher Education.   

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services (Children and Young People) is for pupils in S5 and S6.  You will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6. This includes knowledge units that support pupils to develop an understanding of how children develop and learn, play and child protection.  You will also complete the mandatory units from SVQ 2 social services (Children and Young People) and engage in work placement experience. 


Level SCQF 6

Delivery Blended | Friday

Location Brightspace

Attend timetabled classes at college, your school or online for some of your learning and assessments.  Also access online Brightspace or Google Classrooms for self-directed study. 

Duration 1 year


Course content...

Throughout the course, you will study:  

  • NPA Play for children and young people   
  • NPA Communication with children and young people  
  • NPA Safeguarding of Children and Young People  
  • NPA Promote the Wellbeing and Safety of Children and Young People  
  • NPA Development of Children and Young People 
  • Mandatory units from SVQ 2 Social Services (Children and Young People)  
  • Engage in workplace practice  

Where you can go...

You can progress onto the HNC Social Services or HNC Childhood Practice.


Entry requirements

The FA is suitable for learners who have not previously studied aspects of early learning, childcare and play work or had practical experience in this sector, as well as those who have already gained some experience. Learners should have 3 passes at National 5 level including a literary subject.   Demonstration of experience in this sector will be considered and each application will be considered on a case by case basis supported by a satisfactory interview and reference.  Pupils will undertake PVG check as part of the entry requirements.