Financial Services


Our Financial Services Foundation Apprenticeship in partnership with Aviva, prepares young people for direct entry into a career in the financial sector by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively from day one of employment.

Duration Attendance Pattern SCQF Level Year Group

One Year

Friday full day, with additional days for placement (some school holidays and June)


S5 or S6


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Employer Support

Employer Support

Placements for this course will be organised by Aviva in conjunction with other insurance organisations.


“At Aviva we believe in being an inclusive employer and giving people the opportunities to grow an develop to their full capability and supporting Foundation Apprenticeships allows us to showcase Aviva as an employer while giving you life skills and real experience of being in the workplace.

There is a huge range of roles available within Financial Services within Perth and Kinross, if you have an interest in Business or Finance then you will likely find the roles varied, challenging and engaging, plus the skills you will learn are easily transferable to any organisation you will work for in the future.

Your placement with us will provide you an insight to careers within Aviva, the different carer pathways, qualifications you can gain and an understanding of what it is like to work for the company. We will match your skill set with an engaging and meaningful experience, you won’t just be sitting around work shadowing; we will give you responsibility for your own tasks, in order that you put your learning into practice and develop your skills.”

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About this course

About this course

Foundation Apprenticeships are an exciting opportunity being offered to pupils in the senior phase of secondary school. Delivery of the FA involves a blended approach combining knowledge and understanding with the application of skills in the workplace.

This Foundation Apprenticeship provides relevant work-based vocational education and training as part of the senior phase curriculum. This prepares young people for direct entry into a career in the financial sector by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to work effectively from day one of employment. This includes both the development of practical and technical skills alongside the development of learner meta-skills, supported via project-based learning. It also highlights meaningful vocational pathways as challenging and valuable alternatives to existing academic subjects.

The Foundation Apprenticeship will feature a National Progression Award and Work Based Challenge Unit. These will be delivered at UHI Perth attending College all day every Friday, with additional dates required for work placement. This aspect of the course supports competency development and gives valuable exposure to the working world.

Learners must demonstrate commitment and the ability to complete study and work experience in one year. There will be a requirement for pupils to attend work placement during holidays and in June. This qualification is aimed at pupils commencing S6 however applicants from S5 will be considered.

This qualification is aimed at pupils commencing S6 however applicants from S5 are welcomed if they meet the entry requirements.

The Financial Services framework includes three core elements, namely:

1. National Progression Award in Financial Services comprised of the following units:

  • Financial Services: An Introduction
  • Financial Services: The Regulatory Framework
  • Financial Services: Communication
  • Financial Services: Promoting Positive Customer Relationships
  • Financial Services: Personal Finance Awareness

2. Work Based Challenge Unit

3. Work Based Learning units:

Work Based Learning (SVQ) Units:

  • Review and Develop Yourself to Improve and Maintain Workplace Competence in a Financial Services Environment 
  • Develop Productive Working Relationships in a Financial Services Environment 
  • Comply with Regulations in the Financial Services Environment 


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Course Progression

Course Progression

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services aims to give pupils in S5 and S6 the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to work towards a SVQ at SCQF level 6 and so to enter a career in financial services.

The Foundation Apprenticeship is directly aligned to three primary progression pathways. These are:

  • Modern Apprenticeship
  • Further Education
  • Higher Education

It will help pupils to gain the mandatory units of the SVQ in Providing Financial Services at SCQF level 6 (which is a core element of the Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in Providing Financial Services at SCQF level 6), leaving them with fewer units to complete if they start the MA programme.

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.


  • National 5 English or working towards this (other National 5 qualifications such as History, Modern Studies, Geography, RMPS would also be considered)
  • National 4 Maths (Lifeskills Maths acceptable)


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages (including Word Processing, Powerpoint and Spreadsheets)