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Foundation Apprenticeships are work-based qualifications for senior phase pupils.  They combine the best of academic and vocational learning in one single qualification.

As a business administrator or budding manager, you’ll have a highly transferable set of knowledge and skills that can be applied in all sectors.

Administration, management and leadership are key and complimentary business skills. Modern businesses value them all and require you not only to not only be able to demonstrate high levels of technical ability, but are also looking for “soft” skills such as communication, problem solving, adaptability, teamwork, planning and organisation. If you have the right set of knowledge skills and behaviours, you can apply them in all sectors and in large and small businesses alike.



  • SCQF 6



  • Highland Council Virtual Schools


  • 1 - 2 Years

Course content...

Our Foundation Apprenticeships can be completed over one or two years depending on your qualifications when you begin the course.

If you wish to apply for this course to be completed in one year, you will need to demonstrate a commitment and the ability to complete both the study and the work experience required within the year.  You should discuss this with your guidance teacher.

You will study an NPA Business Skills at SCQF level 6 and an additional unit on Contemporary Business Issues. The National Progression Award will include units in

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • Web Apps: Word Processing
  • Web Apps: Spreadsheets
  • Contemporary Business Issues

You will also undertake work-based learning through work experience with an industry partner. During that time you will develop essential skills for the workplace and be assessed on your performance in areas such as

  • Planning how to manage your performance in a business environment
  • Communicating in a business environment
  • Supporting other people to work in a business environment
  • Designing and producing documents for business

What next...

A qualification in Business Skills could lead to jobs such as:

  • administrative assistant
  • purchasing manager
  • management consultant
  • company secretary
  • human resources officer
  • local government officer
  • receptionist
  • project manager

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills could help you to gain entry to the Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration at SCQF Level 6 or you could consider moving on to an HNC, HND or degree study in a related subject.


Entry requirements...

3 passes at National 5, ideally including Maths and English. Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in working in this sector. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis supported by a satisfactory reference and interview.