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First Aid


  • Start date:   August 2023
  • 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, in order to prepare you for entry to the workplace or fulltime Further or Higher Education.  

Over 400,000 people work in social services and healthcare in Scotland caring for people when they need it most. Whether it’s helping an older person to get ready in the morning to providing nursing and medical care in a hospital setting, a career in the social services and healthcare sector is a as vital as it is rewarding.

Days: Tuesday and Thursday
1 year

  • 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  
      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  


FA Group

Why choose this course

You will get the chance to learn through practical activities, talks, visits and placements.

Entry requirements

  • Must be preparing to start 6th year 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 
  • Capable of working at level 6 (Higher) 
  • Applicants must be eligible for PVG scheme membership 
  • 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 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 workerPlease 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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