Foundation Apprenticeships

West College Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland to deliver 10 exciting Foundation Apprenticeships for S5 & S6 pupils in our local schools.

A Foundation Apprenticeship will take an S5 pupil two years to complete, and is the same level of learning as a Higher (SCQF level 6). As pupils are working towards their qualification they will spend time out of school at college and with a local employer. We also offer shorter duration delivery models for S6 pupils.

Look and see the progression opportunities available to College or University. 

Click here to see the alignment between the Foundation and related Modern Apprenticeship frameworks. This shows how much of the MA is covered on completion of the FA in the same subject. Completing the FA increases a young person's employability across 80+ MA frameworks.

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West College Scotland is offering the following Foundation Apprenticeships across our local authority areas for August 2019:

Entry Requirements

To undertake an FA pupils must be working at National 5 level - Download the frameworks specific requirements.



S5 Options



Civil Engineering


Creative & Digital Media


Business Skills


Social Services Children & Young People


Food Technology



S6 Options


Creative & Digital Media


IT Software Development


IT Hardware & System Support




Social Services & Healthcare


Social Services Children & Young People




Why should you consider a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider taking a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subject choices:

  • Get the hands-on experience and skills that employers want
  • Gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • Work on real projects with employers
  • Broaden your options and get a head start in your career
  • Get a taste of your chosen career before you leave school while also getting your National 5s and Highers
  • Get an option to apply accelerated entry to a Modern Apprenticeship after successfully completing your Foundation Apprenticeship
  • Help your application and personal statement for college or university stand out from the crowd
  • Try out a different way to learn out of the classroom and into a real workplace
  • Develop self-confidence, problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Meet people from other schools, college and the workplace