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Foundation Apprenticeships

 


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. 


CourseSCQF Level Duration Campus
Business Skills6
2 years
Sighthill
Civil Engineering62 yearsConstruction and Technology Centre - Musselburgh
Engineering62 yearsMidlothian
Financial Services61 yearSighthill
IT Software Development62 yearsGranton
Social Services and Healthcare62 yearsSighthill

Study patterns will vary but will typically involve:
  • In S5, College for eight hours per week (Tues and Thus afternoons) completing the National Progression Award (NPA)/ or National Certificate (NC)
  • In 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
*Similar arrangements with other universities are in development.

All pupil travel costs are paid. Campus locations will vary depending on college facilities and applicants’ locations. Applications should be made via guidance teachers. 

To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application. 

To find out more about foundation apprenticeships please visit https://www.apprenticeships.scot/become-an-apprentice/foundation-apprenticeships/  ​


 


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