This Foundation Apprenticeship helps pupils develop an understanding of work in science based industries, and develop the skills and knowledge to enter a career.

The qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific technologies includes:

  • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Applied Sciences at SCQF level 6
  • Three units of an SCQF level 6 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (Industrial Science) 
  • A substantial work placement

Example of course units include:

  • NPA
    - Laboratory safety
    - Mathematics for science
  • Diploma
    - Prepare compounds and solutions for scientific or technical use
    - Carry out simple scientific or technical tests using manual equipment
Entry requirements

Pupils should have a good level of written and spoken English and numeracy skills. An interest in working within a scientific technology environment with good problem solving ability.

Potential apprentices are selected by their school and will undertake a recruitment process arranged by the learning provider. Employers are encouraged to get involved in this process.

Progression and development

Pupils will have the right skills to move from this to a Modern Apprenticeship or Technical Apprenticeship in a science subject; or may decide to move on to further or higher education. If you look to hire, the Foundation Apprenticeship offers you an opportunity to spot talented pupils, and assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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Your role

As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the apprenticeship You can discuss this with the college or local authority you’re working with.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. However, the investment of your time - great or small - can bring you lasting rewards with access to talented and driven young people for your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects usually over fifth and sixth year.

Placement experience takes place in both S5 and S6. In S5 pupils spend up to 10 days familiarising themselves with the science industries. This is facilitated by the learning provider in collaboration with the employer. In S6 each pupil must complete a work placement of approximately one day a week to help them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ. Placements must be with science employers and not a simulated placement like a school or college laboratory.

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