This Foundation Apprenticeship helps pupils develop an understanding of how children develop and learn, play, and child protection.

The qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) includes:

  • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 6
  • Four units of an SCQF level 6 in Social Services (Children and Young People) 
  • A substantial work placement

Example of course units include:

  • NPA
    - Safeguarding of children and young people
    - Communication with children and young people
  • SCQF
    - Develop your own knowledge and practice
    - Support the safeguarding of children
Entry requirements

Pupils should have a good level of written and spoken English. Communication with children and families as well as with staff in the workplace is a key competence. Ability to work with others, problem solve and a commitment to appropriate values is necessary. Pupils are required to undergo a PVG prior to placement.

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 in a social services 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

Download the framework document

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 in fifth or sixth year.

Placement experience takes place in both S5 and S6. In S5 pupils may complete an industry challenge project based on a children’s care practice issue, where they could spend up to 10 days familiarising themselves with a day care of children setting and the care practice issue. 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.

Because of the nature of day care of children services it is possible for pupils to get additional opportunities to work in settings during the summer holidays. This will add to their overall understanding of children’s needs.

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