Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare

Young female Foundation Apprentice smiles in medical room with educational tools

Caring for vulnerable people, to help them live in comfort and dignity.

Supporting people when they need it most. That’s what work in this rewarding and vital sector means.

Up for the challenge? A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services could set you on the right track.

The Foundation Apprenticeship

An FA Social Services and Healthcare helps you discover what a career in care would be like, and if it’s right for you – while you're still at school. You’ll try different job roles, shadow experienced staff, or do a special project. You’ll build the practical skills and experience you need to do the job well.

What qualifications will I gain?

You’ll be assessed throughout your FA Social Services and Healthcare. At the end, you’ll achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6, which includes:

  • Four units from the SVQ2 in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6
  • A National Progression Award in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6

Where could it take me?

With an FA Social Services & Healthcare you could:

  • Gain entry onto the Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 7
  • Explore options for a related Graduate Level Apprenticeship
  • Continue your studies at college or university
  • Go straight into a job in the healthcare sector

The graphic explores where an FA could take you. It can lead on to an MA in Social Services, or a college or uni course in social services. Typical jobs include working in day care for adults with learning disabilities, working with vulnerable adults, or social work. Skills gained include work readiness, numeracy skills, working with others, problem solving, organisational skills, and time management

Find a Foundation Apprenticeship

Pick your area to see which courses are available. The Foundation Apprenticeship programme is still expanding, so what you can do depends on your school.