Foundation Apprenticeship in Media (Schools) - 1 Year Option

Please note that only secondary school pupils staying on at school and who will be starting S6 in August 2022 are eligible to apply for this course.

The creative industries sector in Scotland combines technical skills and storytelling, and is an excellent option for anyone with a creative focus. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media is a great way to get hands-on experience and also 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 creative and digital media topics in the classroom, alongside the experience of an industry reflective work placement with the in house Forth Dimension Media production agency.

What qualifications will pupils achieve?

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

  • A National Progression Award in Creative & Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices at SCQF Level 6 (4 units)
  • Four work-based units from the Diploma in Creative & Digital Media at SCQF Level 7
  • A Media Project unit at SCQF Level 6

    Pupils will attend online sessions delivered by Forth Valley College for five hours per week all year (two half days per week).  Forth Valley College will represent a media workplace and act as placement host.  Pupils will attend online placement and be working on a live client brief, supported by the Creative & Digital Media delivery team, as an emergent Production House.  Placement will be for one day per week throughout the year and a lecturer from the College will regularly 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).

This fast track programme requires a commitment of two days per week from pupils.

Any necessary travel to college or placement for workshops or meetings, as defined bythe programme, is funded. 

  • Entry level media industry roles in audio and visual content creation.

  • FA Media students successfully completing their course may progress (subject to meeting full entry requirements)  to a range of Media related programmes including NC Media; HND Media and BA (Hons) Digital Media. 
  • Many College and Universities accept the FA Media qualification as one or two Highers. Full details can be found here: https://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/ways-to-study/foundation-apprenticeships/

  • Pupils will already have achieved 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 reasonably confident in English, so we expect them to have achieved at least National 5 in English while they are in S5
  • It would also be beneficial if pupils had some previous experience of subjects related to creative industries at National 4 or above.

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 - foundation.apprenticeship@forthvalley.ac.uk

Location

Falkirk Campus

Start date

23 August 2022

End date

16 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6

Location

Stirling Campus

Start date

23 August 2022

End date

16 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6