Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People @ SCQF Level 6


This is a 1 year programme if you are interested in pursuing a career in working with children and young people.  It is an ideal programme for S6 pupils interested in this sector and is studied as one of your school subjects.

Early year's provision has changed a lot over the years. Early learning and childcare experiences are now widely recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement for children.

This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you will need to work successfully in early learning and childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children and young people.

 You’ll spend part of your week at college and also go out on work experience. And don’t worry about getting to and from college/employer – all your transport will be organised and paid for.

The programme provides an advantage to those undertaking it by either demonstrating to employers that they have the skill set they require or by supporting opportunities to progress further at college or university.



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You will attend college for two half days per week. This may be a blend of both online and face to face classes.
You will attend a work placement in an early years setting for a a minimum of one half day and up to one full day depending on individual needs and context.  If the placement spans one whole day this may be split over two days.

Entry Requirements

For a place on this course, you’ll need:

  • Five relevant National 5s or equivalent, including English, OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, such as SFW Early Education and childcare award
  • To have demonstrated achievement at SCQF Level 6 (Higher level). 
  • Eligibility for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme record
  • To be able to complete all the necessary hours in a work placement and attend your college lessons
  • To include a detailed and well written accurate personal statement outlining any relevant early learning and childcare work experience, also demonstrating your committment and enthusiasm for working in the sector.  Should be approximately 250 words.
  • Successful performance at an interview


Working in social services setting means you also need to be able to:

  • Interact and communicate respectfully with children and staff
  • Work with others
  • Problem solve.

A commitment to appropriate values is very important. If you’re interested in a career in working with children and families you can use the interactive resource a question of care: a career for you. Here, you’ll answer a series of questions and receive a detailed personal profile at the end. A commitment to appropriate values is necessary and you can demonstrate this partly through responses in this resource.  You may wish to use this on your written statement.

Your timetable needs enough free slots to enable you to attend college 100% and attend your work placement 100%.


Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an information and interview session. This may be face to face, or online either through TEAMS or by phone.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

This course lets you find out what a career in social services working with children and young people would really be like - and if it’s right for you.

It includes:

  • The new National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services: (Children and Young People)
  •  Part of the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Social Services (Children and Young People).

Here’s a bit more on what’s involved:


The NPA will give you the knowledge you need for the SVQ, along with the practical skills required for delivering early learning and childcare opportunities for children.

Units include:

  • Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Play for Children & Young People
  • Communication with Children & Young People
  • Development of Children & Young People
  • Promoting Wellbeing of Children & Young People


You’ll have the opportunity to undertake 5 of the SVQ Level 2 units of the Social Services(Children and Young People) award.

You must complete these 4 mandatory Units:

  • Support effective communication
  • Support the Health & Safety of yourself and individuals
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice
  • Support the safeguarding of children

Work Experience

You will be on a work placement one day per week during the year.

The placement can be a minimum one half day but can be up to one full day if appropriate.

This placement will be in early learning and childcare and/or early primary school.


All components of the course are assessed. 

The NPA Units are assessed in college and the SVQ Level 2 units are assessed in the workplace. These assessments are a mixture of written reflective accounts & practical application – you will carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can do them to the require occupational standard.

You will also keep a reflective log and produce accounts of practice to demonstrate your knowledge of related legislation, policies, theories, professional values and practical skills.


Once you’ve achieved this Foundation Apprenticeship, you will have gained an industry recognised qualification and work experience which will really help in your future career. It will support your progress whether you plan to study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice or enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work.  Some universities accept the Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their entry criteria to a number of courses.

You will have attained a firm foundation for moving onto a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People). This will qualify you as a support worker and practitioner in a range of services across the sector, such as day care services or out of school care as a nursery assistant, play leader or nursery officer.

Career Prospects

A variety of careers in the field of social services include: Social Worker, Supported Programme and Living Worker, Residential Childcare and Children’s Centre Worker, Youth Work.

A variety of careers in the fields of childhood practice and education including: Support Worker in children’s day care services, Out of School Care, Nursery Assistant, Play Leader or Nursery officer.  Progression pathways can lead to management roles in nurseries and day care centres.

Additional funding information


Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email

Selling Points

  • A Foundation Apprenticeship can help you fast-track into a Modern Apprenticeship
  • This qualification takes you out of the classroom and gets your foot in the door with an employer.
  • You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 or S6 and it’s the same level as a higher
  • Can help you get into the college course you want
  • Can help to strengthen your university application.