SCQF Level 6
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services and Healthcare involves caring for vulnerable people, to help them live in comfort and dignity. Supporting people when they need it most. That’s what works in this rewarding and vital sector means. An FA in Social Services and Healthcare helps you discover what a career in care would be like, and if its right for you – while you are still at school. 

You will have an opportunity to experience what working within the care sector is really like and discover the kind of jobs that you can do within the sector. You will shadow experienced staff and be involved in an industry-related project. You will build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

This course is being delivered only to partner schools that can support the Wednesday afternoon and all day Friday timetabling of their pupils. If you are interested and meet the entry requirements you should speak to your guidance staff in the first instance to see if your timetable could meet these requirements. It is anticipated that this course will only be delivered at Castle Brae High School (subject to change) and pupils would need to travel to Castle Brae each week for the course.



What You Will Learn

Year 1 you will complete the following units at college along with an industry-related project and a work placement. These units will be supported by a lecturer and the employers where you will do your work placement.

  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Communication in Care Relationships
  • Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services
  • Human Development and Social Influences


You will also do one of the optional units from SVQ 2 Social Services in Healthcare on your day in placement in year 1.


Year 2 you will spend around 8 - 10 hours a week in placement and complete the mandatory units and one other optional units from SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare. On successful completion of these units and on gaining the overall group award you will have an industry recognised and register-able qualification that employers are looking for.


Placement Information
  • From the beginning of February in your 1st Year and one day a week in your 2nd Year, you will go on placement.
Entry Requirements
To be able to do this course you will need to have a real desire to work within the care sector, primarily within Social Care. This course is aimed at someone who wants to go direct to work on leaving school and not to University.
  • Four National 4 qualifications including English
  • Studying National 5 English, progressing to Higher English
  • Previous study in a related subject would be an advantage
  • A PVG check is compulsory
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed throughout your FA in college and workplace through written assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessment.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will write a personal statement and then have an interview. Once accepted you will make a formal application to the college
Progression And Articulation Routes
Continue your studies at college by studying HNC Social Services, HNC Working With Communities' or if you have an additional Higher plus National 5 Biology you could progress onto HNC Care and Administrative Practice. These HNC’s could lead to degree entry. 

The FA can also provide a stepping stone to achieving a Modern Apprenticeship in SVQ3 (SCQF level 7) Social Services and Healthcare and employment at practitioner level in adult services. SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare is the benchmark qualification for registration with the SSSC as a practitioner in adult services.
Career Opportunities
Enter straight into a job in Health or Social Care as a Support Worker. Typical areas of work could include Public Health, Day Care for Adults or People with Learning Disabilities, Homecare as well as roles within the NHS at the Support Worker level.
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • One and a half days per week on Wednesday afternoon and all day Friday
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