Foundation Apprenticeships

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Still in school, but keen to get stuck into real industry experience? A Foundation Apprenticeship could be the right move for you. While you’re still in 5th or 6th year, you’ll be able to gain work experience alongside your studies. This can boost your confidence and get you excited about your future career.

There are 12 available Foundation Apprenticeship subjects to choose from at SCQF level 6, and another 3 at SCQF level 4 / 5. From photography to aerospace engineering, there’s bound to be a Foundation Apprenticeship you’ll enjoy.

Use the search to find out which Foundation Apprenticeships are available at your school.

  • Support your application for a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship
  • Get a Higher qualification that’ll help your university, college and job applications
  • Work in a real job with professionals and find out what an industry is all about
  • Get hands-on skills that you can’t learn from a textbook
  • Enjoy yourself! Discover what kind of work you like doing and give yourself confidence in your future choices

Ready to get started?

It couldn't be easier. Fill in your school and year and we'll show you what subjects you can do as a Foundation Apprenticeship.

On the next screen, choose a few subjects and one of our careers advisers will get in touch with you. They'll tell you more about becoming a Foundation Apprentice.

Are you a parent or carer of a young person at secondary school? You can fill in this form too.

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship at your school

Foundation apprenticeships - it adds up to a big future

Thinking of going on to college, university or work when you leave school? Use our tool to find out how a Foundation Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 can help you get there.

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Available subjects at SCQF Level 6

Find out about the types of Foundation Apprenticeships available at Level 6



Help businesses keep track of their money and grow their profits. If you’re a good problem-solver, this FA could be your solution.

Business Skills

Business Skills

Want to know what makes a company successful? Learn about managing people, projects, and strategy.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Our buildings, canals, roads, bridges and motorways depend on civil engineers. You could help create the future built environment of Scotland.

Creative Digital Media

Creative and Digital Media

Calling storytellers, techies, designers and creative thinkers. This is an FA that lets you bring your ideas to life.

Civil Engineering


Engineers work out new and better ways to do things - and create them. If you're a natural problem solver, it could be for you.


Financial Services

Get a foot in the door of business, accountancy and banking. You could manage the money that keeps everything else ticking along.

Food Drink Tech

Food and Drink Technologies

Be at the forefront of what we need to survive. Help develop products we’ll eat and drink in the future while keeping us and our planet safe.

Hardware System Support

Hardware and System Support

Every business in the country depends on technology. You could be the one to fix problems, keep it running, and make it work better.

Scientific Tech

Scientific Technologies

Some of our biggest advancements start out in a lab. Science has the power to change the world - and you could be part of it.

Social Service 1

Social Services Children and Young People

Every child deserves the best start in life, and to grow up happy, healthy and confident. You can help make sure this happens.

Social Service 1

Social Services and Healthcare

Want to try something challenging, but rewarding? Learn about helping people when they need it most.

Hardware System Support

Software Development

Gaming, virtual reality, cyber security - the digital world is changing fast. You could help decide where it goes next.


Need a bit of help?

We get it. Filling out applications and making decisions about your future can be intimidating. Head over to our friends at My World of Work for some brilliant tips on applying for jobs and apprenticeships. You'll also find guidance that’ll help you build your confidence in decision-making.

Ways we can support you

Support for parents and carers

You may want to chat with a parent or carer about an apprenticeship. Or something else to do with your career.

Use My World of Work to help start those conversations. There are loads of handy resources to support you.

Info for parents on My World of Work

Mental health support

Difficulty thinking about your future, concentrating, or speaking to the people around you can be signs that you may be struggling with poor mental health. It's okay to be feeling this way, and there's loads of support out there for you.

Think about speaking to your parents, or a trusted teacher about how you're feeling – or find support through the resource we've developed that's linked below.

Mental Health support

Foundation Apprenticeships are supported by Skills Development Scotland and The Scottish Funding Council.

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