Social Services and Healthcare

Duration Attendance Pattern Location SCQF Level Year Group
Two years Friday full day, SVQ units will be completed through student placement during the second semester. UHI Perth 6 S5/S6
One Year (Subject to Approval) Friday full day, additional days for the completion of SVQ units through student placement. UHI Perth 6 S5/S6
About this course content

About this course

About this course

Foundation Apprenticeships are a new and 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.

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services and Healthcare is for pupils in S5 and S6. Pupils will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF Level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare.

You will complete Mandatory Units of the SVQ2 Social Services and Healthcare. The NPA provides knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help you to apply this knowledge and complete the SVQ units.

In year 2, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement to get real hands-on experience. Placements can include: Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy; Nursing and Radiography; and Social Care.

The NPA has 24 SCQF credit points at SCQF Level 6 and the SVQ 2 mandatory units have a total of 37 credit points at SCQF Level 6. These two parts along with the associated work placement(s), form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare.

This course is made up of 2 components

  • National Progression Award in Social Services and Healthcare.
  • The mandatory units from the Scottish Vocational Qualification 2 in Social Services and Health.

There are 9 units to be covered in this course. From the NPA Social Services and Healthcare:

  • Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services.
  • Human Development and Social Influences.
  • Social Services in Scotland.
  • Safeguarding People.
  • Communication in Care Relationships.

From the SVQ Level 2: Social Servicesand Healthcare:

  • Support Effective Communication.
  • Support Health and Safety of Yourself and Individuals.
  • Develop Your Own Knowledge and Practice.
  • Support the Safeguarding of others
  • Maintain a safe and clean environment
  • Provide food and drink to promote individuals' health and wellbeing
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Course Progression

Course Progression

  • HNC Care and Administrative Practice and on completion with routes into employment or degree programmes including Nursing, Social Care and Allied Health Professional Degree programmes.
  • HNC Social Services with completion routes into employment or degree programmes.
  • BA (Hons) Health Studies with Health and Welfare or Rural Health (with complete Foundation Apprenticeship and 1 Higher).
  • SVQ 3 Modern Apprenticeship (job role permitting)

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.

Pupils will be expected to have a good range of National 4 qualifications, working towards National 5 English is essential.

Pupils will need to have a PVG check undertaken before being permitted to work with vulnerable groups.