Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services & Healthcare (Schools) - 2 Year Option

Please note that only secondary school pupils staying on at school and who will be starting S5 in August 2020 are eligible to apply for this course.

Social services is a challenging and rewarding career. Social service workers provide support and help to people who need it, helping them to live full and valued lives in the community. Social service workers can support a variety of people from all different backgrounds and of all abilities. This Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare is a great way to get hands-on experience and gain a qualification at the same level as a Higher. Pupils will have the unique chance to develop skills and knowledge across a range of social services and health care topics in the classroom, alongside the valuable experience of a work placement with an employer.

 

What qualifications will pupils achieve?

On successful completion, pupils will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Social Services & Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 (the same level as a Higher), which includes:

• A National Progression Award in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 (5 units)
• Four work-based units from the SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6

Attendance

Year 1

Pupils will attend Forth Valley College or a local secondary school for five hours per week (two half days). Pupils will attend the College or local secondary school for 2 hours from January to June and they will also attend a work placement in a relevant setting for another 3 hours per week from January to June.

Year 2
Pupils will attend Forth Valley College or a local secondary school for 2 hours per week all year. They will also attend a work placement in a relevant setting for a minimum of ten hours per week all year and a member of College staff will visit them regularly to assess their competency of the work-based units.

(Please note that this course continues throughout periods of study leave from school and it is very important that pupils attend during these periods, except on exam days).

All travel to College and work placement is funded.

 

• Possible accelerated entry onto the Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 7
• Higher level study at college on HNC Social Services or HNC Care and Administrative Practice
• Progressing straight into a job in the health and social care sector
• Using the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside Highers to apply to university

• Pupils will probably be working towards achieving one or two Highers over S5 and S6 and their school will need to confirm that they are ready to study at Higher level 
• Pupils need to be a good communicator, so they must be working towards at least National 5 in English in S5 (capable of achieving at least a grade C pass) and have the potential to achieve SCQF level 6 in Communication Skills
• Pupils must have a clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme record to complete this qualification. They can apply for this at the beginning of the course and it is funded, so there is no cost

Further advice for full-time applicants:
• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email student.applications@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    16 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Location

    Alloa Campus

  • Start date

    25 August 2020

  • End date

    17 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Start date

    25 August 2020

  • End date

    17 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6