foundation apprenticeship student

The Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils a broad base of knowledge and enables them to experience a range of Engineering disciplines including Mechanical Principles, Electrical Principles and CAD. This can inform the two-week placement which takes place in the second year, and can help you progress to a modern apprenticeship, university or college.

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About this course

About this course

Foundation Apprenticeships are a new opportunity being offered to pupils in the senior phase of secondary school.

Pupils are given the opportunity to complete the first stages of a Modern Apprenticeship along with traditional subjects such as Maths, English and a technical subject such as Physics and/or Engineering Science.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering provides candidates with the opportunity to achieve component parts of Engineering Modern Apprenticeships.

Starting in S5, pupils will also complete a placement or industry challenge with a local employer while working towards the qualification through school and college. Supported by school, learners will attend a minimum of one day in college for two years. This FA will introduce the skills necessary for the modern professional Engineering Technician and provide an insight to the many career options available.

This course is made up of two components:

1 - National Certificate (NC) in Engineering Systems at SCQF Level 6. Twelve units must be achieved in order to gain the full NC award, these units may include:

Communications F3GB 12
Mathematics for Technicians F3HX 12
Engineering: Applying IT F5D4 12
Engineering Materials F5KD 12
Engineering Systems F5FN 12
Mechanical Principles F6X7 12
Electrical Principles F5HL 12
Single Phase and Three Phase principals F5JV 12
CAD for Engineers F5H5 12
Health and Safety: Engineering F5DG 11
Engineering Dynamics: An Introduction F5K6 12 
Engineering Project F5D5 122


2 - Minimum of five SVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations units, three mandatory and two optional units:

• Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
• Working Efficiently and Effectively in Engineering
• Using and Communicating Technical Information
• Electrical Wiring and Testing
• Welding

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Course Progression

Course Progression

• Modern Apprenticeship
• HNC/D Engineering Systems
• BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering or BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering. In conjunction with other relevant Highers at specified grades as per prospectus.
• Work

Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised by most Universities across Scotland. Skills Development Scotland have developed information to illustrate the value of a Foundation Apprenticeship for those considering application to College or University after school. 


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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry subject to satisfactory interview

The fundamental entry condition for the framework is the employer’s and training provider’s confidence in the candidate’s ability to thrive and achieve their potential within the Apprenticeship.

Candidates without prior qualifications may be able to demonstrate their prior skills and knowledge they have developed as a result of relevant employment or voluntary activities. However there is no specific qualifying period set as an entry condition.

Pupils need to be ready to work at SCQF Level 6 (the same level as Higher). They need to have a good level of written and spoken English. Communication and team working in the workplace is a key competence.

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Start Date and Duration

Start Date and Duration

Start Date: August 2020

Duration: One day per week over two academic years.

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Feedback and Employer Information

Employer Information

Employers who have supported Engineering Foundation Apprentices on work placement include: 

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Ross said: “I was keen to work in engineering when I left school and I thought that the Foundation Apprenticeship would be a good thing to do. I saw the course in the school option choice form and enquired via the Guidance staff. At College, I have learned many new mixed skills, more focused on engineering than school could have been.”