Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services & Healthcare

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social services & Healthcare can be done in S4 & S5 or S5 & S6 completed in a two year programme or it can also be completed in a one year programme depending on the pupil and if they have the time in their timetable to accommodate and if your school agrees. 


Year 1 you will study the National Progression Award in Social Services & Healthcare SCQF level 6 and this will cover the following units:

  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Safeguarding people
  • Communication in care relationships
  • Human Development and Social Services
  • Safe Practice and wellbeing in Social services

Year 2 you will study the SVQ in Social Services Children & Young People at SCQF level 6 and this will cover the following units: 

  • Support Effective communication
  • Support the Health and safety of yourself and individuals
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice 
  • Support the Safe guarding of individuals 

Entry Requirements

Pupils should have a good level of written and spoken English. Communication with children and families 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.

Potential apprentices are selected by their school and will undertake a recruitment process arranged by the learning provider. Employers are encouraged to get involved in this process.

you should be working towards or have
achieved one of the following:

  • SCQF Level 5 Maths or Numeracy
  • SCQF Level 5 English or Literacy



Pupils will have the right skills to move from this to a Modern Apprenticeship in a social services subject; or may decide to move on to further or higher education. If you look to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils, and assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow. 

Fife College will accept achievement of the FA in Social Services and Healthcare as equivalent to one Higher which, accompanied with Higher English (Grade A or B), will support you to gain entry to the HNC: Childhood Practice, HNC: Social Services, HNC: additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual, all at SCQF Level 7, or HND Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services at SCQF Level 8.


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