What is special about this course?
SIC Schools Service, NAFC Marine Centre UHI and Shetland College UHI work in partnership to deliver exciting and worthwhile opportunities for Secondary 5 and 6 pupils to take their first steps into a career in health and social care.
The Foundation Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care provides the opportunity to gain experience working alongside healthcare professionals and gain a professionally recognised qualification while continuing your valuable secondary school education. The course is made up of four units from the Scottish Vocational Qualification in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6, plus a National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services and Healthcare.
You should be studying (and expected to achieve) English at National 5 and Maths at National 4 (or equivalent).
- Support effective communication
- Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
- Develop your own knowledge and practice
- Support the safeguarding of individuals
- Care Higher (optional)
- Protection Procedures
- Prevention of Infection
- Moving and Handling
- Safe Practice and Wellbeing in a Care Setting
- Safeguarding People
View the modules handout.
How will I study my course?
- Part Time
- Work based
You will study part-time, which involves attendance at college as well as work experience. You will also study three school subjects in S5 and in S6. As you will be working in the summer you should have some free periods incorporated into your school timetable.
When will I be at college?
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1.30pm - 4.30pm.
Your school will timetable your subjects to make sure you don’t miss school classes.
How do I get to college?
Transport arrangements from school will be made for you, using public transport where possible to return home or to the hostel as applicable. There will be no charge to you for this.
As part of this free programme you will also be linked to a workplace mentor, who will support you as you develop your skills and plan for your future career. You will get work experience, and may be offered paid employment during the holidays. This will be discussed on an individual basis.
How long will my course last?
Part-time study over two years.
Where can I study my course?
- Employers Premises
For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The Foundation Apprenticeship programme provides an opportunity to get a head start on your career by experiencing the working world, gain an industry-recognised qualification, and work on real projects to broaden your career options when you leave school.
Is there more information available online?
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