Social Services Children and Young People


foundation apprenticeship student

Duration Attendance Pattern Location SCQF Level Year Group
Two years Friday full day, with a two week work placement in year two UHI Perth         6 Two Years over S5 and S6
One year Friday full day, additional days for work placement. UHI Perth         6 S5 or S6
About this course content

About this course

About this course

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Social Services (Children and Young People) is for pupils in S5 and S6 and takes two years to complete. In S5 pupils complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF Level 6.

This includes knowledge units that support pupils to develop an understanding of how children develop and learn, play and child protection.

In S6 they complete 4 mandatory units as well as 2 optional units of the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) 2 Social Services (Children and Young People).

The NPA provides knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help pupils to complete the SVQ units. The NPA has 24 SCQF credit points at SCQF Level 6 and the SVQ 2 mandatory units has 56 credit points at SCQF Level 6. These two parts form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People).

This course is made up of two components:

1 - National Progression Award in Social Services (Children and Young People).The mandatory units from the Scottish Vocational Qualification 2 in Social Services (Children and Young People).

2 - There are eight units to be covered in this course:

From the NPA Children and Young People
• Safeguarding Children and Young People
• Play for Children and Young People
• Communicating with Children and Young People
• Promoting Wellbeing of Children and Young People

From the SVQ Level 2: Social Services (Children and Young People)

• Support Effective Communication
• Supporting the Safeguarding of Children
• Develop your own knowledge and practice
• Support the Development ofChildren and Young People
• Support Children's Learning through Play
• Support the Health and Safetyof Yourself and Individuals

Course Progression content

Course Progression

Course Progression

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.

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

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Student Feedback

What Fern Thomson says:

I decided to come to UHI Perth because of all the opportunities it presents. The reason for choosing this course was that I wanted to pursue a career in Childcare. What I liked most about the course was the independence it gave me and the trust the lecturers had in me.

What Megan MacKenzie says:

I chose to study this course at UHI Perth because I thought the Foundation Apprenticeship is a great opportunity. I was also interested in learning more about Childcare to further my career.