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Foundation Apprenticeships

2017/18 Foundation Apprenticeship Programmes

CourseSCQF Level Duration Campus
Business Skills 6
2 years
Sighthill
Civil Engineering 62 yearsConstruction and Technology Centre - Musselburgh
Engineering 62 yearsMidlothian
Financial Services61 yearSighthill
IT Software Development 62 yearsGranton
Creative and Digital Media 62 yearsSighthill
Social Services Children and Young People62 yearsGranton
Social Services and Healthcare 62 yearsSighthill

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Foundation Apprenticeship IT Software DevelopmentFoundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital MediaFoundation Apprenticeship Social Services Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Health


HOW TO APPLY 
Applications during the summer holidays should be made via the Edinburgh College Schools Team. To apply please download an SCP application form and send to schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.

If you have any questions about Foundation Apprenticeship Programmes please email our schools team on schools@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

To find out more about foundation apprenticeships please visit Apprenticeship Scotland.


  • Foundation Apprenticeships allow pupils to gain valuable real‑world work experience and gain an additional industry recognised qualifications whilst still at school
  • You will develop the skills employers are looking for and build your confidence too
  • Pupil travel to college/work placement is funded
WHO IS IT FOR?
Pupils who are capable of studying at level 6 (equivalent to higher) in a vocational setting*.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
This is a 2 year study programme. In year 1 you will attend college 2 half days a week while you are still at school and in year 2 you will do an external work placement with an employer.
Study patterns will vary but will typically involve:
  • S5 -  College for eight hours per week (Tues and Thus afternoons) completing the National Progression Award (NPA)/ or National Certificate (NC)
  • S6 - college for eight hours per week (Tues and Thu afternoons) plus Friday afternoons if appropriate, completing the NPA and background knowledge for SVQ Units
  • Two weeks’ work placement during each month of June, plus one week in October of S6 and another week in February of S6
  • Work visits, visiting lecturers, employer challenge projects etc. taking place in both years



WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL I GAIN? 
Foundation Apprenticeships involve the following elements:
  • A National Progression Award (NPA) or National Certificate at level 6
  • Either a whole or partial SVQ at level 6
  • An extended work placement
The NPA/NC and SVQ are taken from a related Modern Apprenticeship, meaning that if a pupil goes on to complete the MA, they have a head-start and can complete the programme more quickly than other applicants.

Any pupil leaving before the end of the programme will receive accreditation for any qualifications/units completed to date. 

Foundation Apprenticeships are currently recognised by Edinburgh University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, University of the Highlands and Islands, Robert Gordon University, Abertay University, Aberdeen University, Dundee University, University of Strathclyde and University of Glasgow for entry (with some exceptions) to degree programmes on the same basis as Highers*. 

*Similar arrangements with other universities are in development.  


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