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What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity for senior-phase secondary school pupils. Typically lasting two years, pupils begin their Foundation Apprenticeship in S5, however, there are some options to complete over 1 year starting in S6. Young people spend time out of school at college or with a local employer, and complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects like National 5s and Highers. It’s a chance to get valuable work experience and gain an industry recognised qualification. It also lets you try out a career you are interested in while you’re still at school.

Who is it for?

Foundation Apprenticeships are for students entering 5th year and 6th year. You must have the ability to study at SCQF level 6 (Higher equivalent) in a vocational setting, and meet the entry requirements of the course. Attainment is measured by ongoing assessment in college and in the workplace.

What qualifications will I gain?

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the Foundation Apprenticeship in your chosen subject. This is a group Award at SCQF level 6, which comprises a National Progression Award (NPA) or National Certificate (NC) and a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ). Glasgow’s three colleges, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College and City of Glasgow College have formed a partnership to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships to students across Greater Glasgow.

Where can it take me?

You can use your Foundation Apprenticeship to get in to a Modern Apprenticeship, Graduate Apprenticeship, or straight to work. It also counts as one of your entry qualifications in to all colleges and universities across Scotland.
• A MODERN APPRENTICESHIP (MA) In the same subject: You could complete your MA quicker because you’ll have completed some elements of the MA qualification during your Foundation Apprenticeship. In another subject: You’ll already have experience of learning in the work place. This will help you to stand out to employers who are recruiting Modern Apprentices.
• COLLEGE On successful completion of your Foundation Apprenticeship, you can progress onto a number of HNC/D courses at each of Glasgow’s three colleges. You may be required to have additional school qualifications upon entry.
• UNIVERSITY All Scottish Universities and colleges recognise the FA within eligibility criteria, for respective undergraduate and HNC/D provisions. Your FA means you already have quality experience within industry – this helps your UCAS application stand out.
• STRAIGHT TO WORK A Foundation Apprenticeship gives you skills employers want, such as timekeeping, problem solving, communication and teamwork. On completion of your FA you’ll have connections with employers, work experience and industry recognised qualifications. This will look great on your CV.
• GRADUATE APPRENTICESHIPS Graduate Apprenticeships are a new way to study up to Master’s Degree level while in a job. The majority of learning happens in your employers workplace, and this is enhanced by time spent at university or college during the work week. A Foundation Apprenticeship is a good way to see if this style of learning works for you. It also offers a pathway onto a Graduate Apprenticeship.