Foundation Apprenticeship: Social Services: Children and Young People SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This is a career with many job opportunities available for young people who enjoy working with children of a variety of ages and are aware of the benefits of good care. With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you will be prepared for a wide range of different childcare roles. These may include looking after young children as a nursery worker or childminder or training as a teacher. 

Entry requirements

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

Shetland UHI will organise for pupils to have a PVG check undertaken before being permitted to work with vulnerable groups. 

Year 1: Starting in S5, you will gain a National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services (Children & Young People) whilst making links with a work placement provider.  There may be the opportunity for a short work placement in Year 1, this will be confirmed with your course leader.

Units covered in the National Progression Award in Social Services (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

Year 2: In S6,  you will put your industry-based knowledge into practice in a work placement enabling you to continue some of your learning out of the classroom. During this time, you will work towards 4 units of your SVQ level 2 in Social Services (Children and Young People). 

Units covered in the SVQ Level 2: Social Services (Children and Young People):

  • Support Effective Communication
  • Develop Your Own Knowledge and Practice
  • Support the Safeguarding of Children
  • Support Health and Safety of Yourself and Individuals



How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Along with SIC Schools Service we work in partnership to deliver courses providing the opportunity to gain experience working alongside professionals in social care. You will be able continue your valuable secondary school education, while gaining professionally recognised qualifications and experience. The course is available as a subject choice, replacing two school subjects. Therefore, if you enrol, you will study 3 school subjects in S5 and in S6, as well as coming to college. You will spend two afternoons a week in college as well as having some time set aside for independent study. You will be matched to an employer appropriate to your course and a work place mentor will be available to you.

How long will my course last?

2 Years
  • Part time (structured): 2 years @ approximately 10 hours per week

How will I be assessed?

    Unit assessments and reflection of practice

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

In Scotland, over 203,000 people work in social services. The number of jobs is still growing and there are great opportunities for progression too.

Opportunities for progression to further study:

  • Modern Apprenticeship Social Services: Children and Young People 
  • NC Early Education and Childcare
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • Graduate Apprenticeship in Early Learning and Childcare
  • BA (Hons) in Child and Youth Studies 

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