FA: Social Services & Healthcare SCQF 6


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This programme, delivered over one or two years incorporates classroom-based study with work–based learning, in order to prepare you for entry to the workplace or full–time Further or Higher Education. The course is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services and Healthcare is for pupils in S5 and S6. Pupils complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare then progress onto complete the SVQ 2 Social Services Health and Social Care and engage in work placement experience.  


Level SCQF 6

Delivery Blended | Friday

Location Alness Campus

Duration 1 year


Course content...

Throughout the course, you will study:

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

SVQ 2 Social Services and Healthcare

  • Engage in workplace experience

Where you can go... 

You can progress onto the HNC Social Services or HNC Childhood Practice. 



Entry requirements

The FA is suitable for learners who have not previously studied aspects of health or social care or had practical experience in this sector, as well as those who have already gained some experience. Learners should have 3 passes at National 5 level ideally in a literary subject.   Demonstration of experience in this sector will be considered and each application will be considered on a case by case basis supported by a satisfactory interview and reference.  Pupils will undertake PVG check as part of the entry requirements.