Foundation Apprenticeships

A Foundation Apprenticeship can be one of your subject choices in S5 and S6. They are accepted as an equivalent to an SQA Higher by most colleges and universities in Scotland.

Get Experience in the World of Work

The main benefits of this type of apprenticeship are:

  • you'll gain valuable work experience
  • you'll have access to practical learning while still studying at school
  • you'll learn and develop skills that employers want

Watch Aimee talk about her Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills. Douglas Andrew, a Learning and Development Manager, explains the benefits of apprenticeships to the health service in Scotland.


What to expect

In the NHS, Foundation Apprenticeships are delivered by your local college, in partnership with an NHSScotland employer.

A Foundation Apprenticeship takes two years to complete. In the first year, you may spend part of your week attending college. In the second year, you'll spend time out of school at your work placement.

You could also attend college and your NHSScotland work placement on a day release basis over two years.

Foundation Apprenticeships appropriate to NHSScotland are:

  • Business Skills
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Drink Technologies
  • Hardware and System Support
  • Scientific Technologies
  • Social Services and Healthcare
  • Software Development

Completing any of these could lead to a Modern Apprenticeship or Graduate Apprenticeship.

Contact your local college or university for further information.

You can also visit these websites to learn more about apprenticeships: