Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People

Please note that only secondary school pupils staying on at school and who will be starting S5/S6 in August 2023 are eligible to apply for this course.

A career in Early Learning, Childcare or Playwork can make a real difference to the quality of children’s lives and to their families. There has never been a better time to begin a career in early learning and childcare. The Scottish Government is expanding the provision of funded early learning and childcare places, so the demand for early learning and childcare staff has increased in recent years and will continue to increase significantly in the next few years.

This Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People is a great way to acquire experience and also gain a qualification at the same level as a Higher. This qualification will help pupils understand what it is like to work in the early learning and childcare sector and provide them with a unique chance to develop skills and knowledge across a range of topics related to early learning and childcare in the classroom, alongside the experience of a valuable work placement with an employer.

What qualifications will pupils achieve?
On successful completion, pupils will achieve a Foundation Apprenticeship (Group Award) in Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF Level 6 (the same level as a Higher), which includes:

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


Pupils will attend a Forth Valley College Campus (Stirling or Falkirk) for 12 hours per week from August to October and then they will attend the College Campus for 5 hours per week (2 half days) for the rest of the year. Pupils will also attend a work placement in a relevant setting for a maximum of another 12 hours per week from October until June and a lecturer from the college 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.

Early Learning and Childcare Support Worker

Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner

• Applying for the Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People)

• Higher level study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice

• Using the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside Highers to apply to university

• S6 pupils ideally with 2 Highers from S5 and preferably at least Nat 5 English (or equivalent).  S5 pupils may be considered if there is sufficient allowance on their timetable.

• Schools will also need to confirm that they are able to support the required college and placement attendance.

• Pupils must have a clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme record to complete this qualification. Pupils will apply for this at the beginning of the course and it is funded, so there is no additional cost.

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• 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, 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 to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Stirling Campus

Start date

12 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6


Falkirk Campus

Start date

13 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6