This course is being delivered by a partnership between:

  • WDC Working4U
  • Theory Delivery Partner
  • Local Employer

The course can be either be delivered over one or two years.

One Year Model

If selecting the "Short Term Delivery Model" which means it can be completed in 1 school year but due to the complexity of this course, it is likely that students will also require to use some of their holiday time in order to complete the required number of hours in the work placement part of the qualification.

Since the course can be completed within 1 school year, it is available to students in S5 or S6.

Two Year Model

The two year delivery model means that the course is delivered over 2 academic years.  The first year will concentrate on the delivery of the National Progression Award, which is classroom based. The second year will be working toward the SVQ modules within workplace placement provider.

As this course is over two years, it is available to only pupils in 5th year.

Course outline

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills requires pupils to complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6 in Business Skills and 4 Units of the SVQ in Business Administration at SCQF Level 6. The NPA provides knowledge and an introduction to the skills that will help pupils to complete the SVQ units. The NPA has 36 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 6 and the SVQ Business Administration at SCQF Level 6 mandatory units have a total of 15 credit points. These two parts, along with the associated work placement, form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills and provide a total of 51 SCQF credit points.

Entry requirements

  • It would be great if you are working or have a National 5 English and be able to work towards Higher qualifications. However we are also happy to consider your application dependant on individual circumstances.

Please note: some candidates may be required to be vetted by Disclosure Scotland as part of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme), due to placement location.

Course content

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • Web Apps: Word Processing
  • Web Apps: Spreadsheets
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Work Placement
  • Plan how to manage and improve own performance in a business environment
  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Support other people to work in a business environment
  • Design and produce documents in a business environment


  • Modern Apprenticeship
  • HNC or HND in a variety of creative disciplines
  • University

Days & Times

Day time timeline


This time is split between study with a training provider and a work placement with an employer,

The work placement element will be negotiated on a one-to-one basis with each student and, where it suits the student's timetable, a whole day placement may be organised rather than two afternoons.