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*.
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.
At the end of the programme, pupils achieve:
- An FA qualification from SQA (at level 6) which details the various components achieved
- Any pupil leaving before the end of the programme will receive accreditation for any qualifications/units completed to date
Benefits for pupils
- Achieve additional accredited vocational qualification to boost CV/College/UCAS applications
- Enhanced employability through industry relevant work experience
- Foundation Apprenticeships count as 1 of the school column choices
- Provide a head start for employment, further study or progression to a Modern Apprenticeship*
In 2017/18 Edinburgh College will be offer 20 places on each of the following Foundation Apprenticeship Programmes.