SCQF Level 6
Enterprise and Commerce

Course Overview

Foundation Apprenticeships allow learners to gain valuable real-world work experience and gain an additional industry-recognised qualification whilst still at school

  • It counts as one of your subject choices
  • You will develop the skills employers are looking for
  • You will build your confidence

It is an opportunity to try out a career and see if it is right for you while you are still at school.

The course typically takes 2 years (S5 & S6). 

In year 1 you will work towards completing a National Progression Award (NPA) in Business Skills (SCQF level 6) by attending college 2 afternoons per week.  In year 2 learners will work towards achieving the SVQ 3 Business units in the workplace with an employer and attend college (if required).

What You Will Learn
  • Web Apps: Spreadsheets
  • Web Apps: Word Processing
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Work Placement
  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance

Year 2

  • Pan how to manage and improve own performance in a Business Environment
  • Communicate in a Business Environment
  • Support other people to work in a Business Environment
  • Design and produce Documents in a Business Environment
Placement Information
  • You will be required to complete a placement
Entry Requirements
  • Achieved or working towards Higher (A-C) in a relevant subject areas – e.g. English, Business by the end of S6


  • NPA Business with Information Technology
  • The ability to work towards SCQF level 6 (Higher) qualifications
  • Interested in or considering a career in the Business Sector
  • Positive behaviour and school attendance report
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Continuous assessment and workplace observation
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • If your application is successful you will be invited for an interview at Edinburgh College to assess if this is the correct course for you 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Go straight into a career
  • Fast track onto a Modern Apprenticeship in Business
  • College to study the first year of any of the HNDs within the enterprise and Commerce department
  • University
  • Graduate Apprenticeship
Career Opportunities

Employment into many industry sectors, including:

  • Finance
  • Human Resource
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Procurement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Public Sector




















Number Of Days Per Week
  • 2 afternoons per week (Tuesday and Thursday 1.30- 4:30pm) 
  • Year 2 Work Placement
Student Stories

Scott came to College to change his career following an injury which prevented him from working in his previous role. Following three years of study, he graduated and was awarded the Chair’s Award for Academic Excellence in Tourism, Hospitality and Business, and has already started working as a HR Administrator for NHS Education. Scott says: 


“Returning to education with three children and a mortgage seemed crazy yet, it was the best option I had. The best thing about studying at Edinburgh College was the culture and the people. The course and the teaching were centred on the students which made learning effective and enjoyable. It created a cohesive team-like environment in which I made many friends.” 


Read more of our student stories here.

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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Links with Universities
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
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