Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are aimed at S5 and S6 pupils. They are recognised as a subject choice and are accepted as an equivalent to a Scottish Higher by most colleges and universities. The main benefits of this type of apprenticeship are:

  • young people gain valuable work experience
  • pupils have access to practical learning while still studying at school

Get Experience in the World of Work

The Foundation Apprenticeship is carried out in collaboration with your local college and NHS employer. All Foundation Apprenticeships take two years to complete and the mode of study and practical work experience is determined by the college.

In the first year, you may spend part of your week attending college over the full school year, then spend time out of school in the second year at your work placement. Some Foundation Apprentices attend college and their NHSScotland work placement on a day release basis over two years. Foundation Apprenticeships are completed alongside other subjects, such as National 5s and Highers.

Examples of some of the Foundation Apprenticeships appropriate to NHSScotland and types of jobs they can lead to are:

Social Services and Healthcare

Social Services and Young People

Business Skills

Creative and Digital Media


Software Development

  • Database Administrator
  • Software or Web Developer

Scientific Technologies

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)

All of the above Foundation Apprenticeships can lead to a Modern Apprenticeship and most can lead to a Graduate Apprenticeship. Contact your local college for more information or visit the Skills Development Scotland and websites for more information about Foundation Apprenticeships.