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 Social Services and Healthcare requires  pupils to complete a National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare and 4 Mandatory Units of the SVQ  Social Services and Healthcare 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 24 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 6 and the SVQ Social Services Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 mandatory units have a total of 37 credit points at SCQF level 6. These two parts, along with the associated work placement, form the Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare. The total SCQF credit points is 61.

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: all candidates are required to be vetted by Disclosure Scotland as part of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme).

Course content

  • Social services in Scotland
  • Communication in care relationships
  • Human development and social influences
  • Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
  • Support the safeguarding of individuals
  • Safeguarding people
  • Safe practice and wellbeing in social services
  • Support effective communication
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice


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

Days & Times

Mon - Fri days and times 1:30 - 4:00


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.

What other people say . . .

Kelsie is doing her Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services, Healthcare  with West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U. Kelsie stated “ I have enjoyed the balance between practical learning and theory. I now have a much better understanding of the needs and support required for those with learning disabilities. I have now developed a skillset that I previously didn’t have and now have an interest in working within the Care Sector”

Amy is doing her Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services, Healthcare  with West Dunbartonshire Council Working4U. Amy stated “ I am absolutely  loving my placement. I have established excellent working relationships with my colleagues. The extra training I have been given has been brilliant. The work experience I have gained along with the class based learning has confirmed  that I want to pursue a career in  Occupational Therapy”