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First Aid


  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   Schools - SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Schools Course


This programme is delivered over one year and incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning, to prepare you for entry to the workplace or fulltime Further or Higher Education.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date – Jun 2025

SCQF Level - 6

Mode – Schools course

Days: Tuesday and Thursday, placement Friday PM

Times: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Duration: 1 year

Currently 7.2% of the Scottish workforce work in Social Care and 9.8% of the workforce within Health Care, with one of the largest employers being the NHS with around 26,000 being employed within NHS Lothian.

There is currently a shortage of health and social care professionals across the country.

By undertaking this course, you will be prepared for entry to the workplace or full-time further education. You will be prepared to support people living independently in the community, residential setting or within nursing and a health care environment.

  • What the course includes

    The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare includes: 

    • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6 
    • Four units of an SCQF level 6 in Social Services and Healthcare 
    • A substantial work placement 

    Learning and teaching is a mix between NPA classroom-based teaching integrated with vocational SVQ learning which is contextualised to placement.

    National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services and Healthcare  

    • Social Services in Scotland 
    • Safeguarding People  
    • Communication in Care Relationships  
    • Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services  
    • Human Development and Social Influences  

    Units from SVQ in Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF level 6 

    • Support effective communication  
    • Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals  
    • Develop your own knowledge and practice 
    • Support the safeguarding of individuals  

Why choose this course

You will get the chance to learn through practical activities, talks and placements on a Friday afternoon.

Entry requirements

  • Capable of working at Higher Level (SCQF L6) with a good level of written and spoken English 
  • Four National 5s (including English and biology if they want to progress to Nursing) 
  • Interest in learning about the sector 
  • Applicants must be eligible for PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme membership and must not be barred or under consideration for listing (criminal record check)
  • Excellent school attendance record
  • It is essential you are able to support others
  • Where this course leads


    • Modern Apprenticeship in social services
    • As the FA (Foundation Apprenticeships) is the equivalent of a Higher if accompanied by an additional Higher progression to HNC Healthcare Practice (as long as you also have National 5 Biology or equivalent) or HNC Social Services would be supported
    • Appropriate University courses as part of additional entry criteria 


    • Employment within care services as a support worker/care assistant/health care support worker. Please note this course is to prepare you for a career in health and social care

Interview arrangements

We will invite you to an interview which involves:

  • Information session
  • Group discussion
  • One-to-one discussion
  • Written personal statement

As part of the interview process you will take part in a group task based on the health and social care standards Health and social care standards: my support, my life easy read version - (

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