Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: CYP National 5

What is special about this course?

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of different childcare roles - look after young children as a nanny, nursery worker or childminder, organise fun activities which help young people build their self-esteem as a playworker or give children and their families vital support as a social worker. In Scotland, over 203,000 people work in social services. The number of jobs in this filed is still growing, and there are great opportunities for progression, too. If you enjoy communicating with others and are good at thinking on your feet this could be the career for you.

Entry requirements

You should be a good communicator and have an interest in a career in social services. You’ll also be a good problem solver and enjoy working with others. You will need to have a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) check undertaken before being permitted to work with children or young people.

You will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6. This consists of the following units:

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  •  Play for Children and Young People
  • Communicating with Children and Young People
  • Development of Children and Young People
  • Promoting Wellbeing of Children and Young People

    You also spend time with an employer, completing the mandatory units from the SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 6:
     
  • Support Effective Communication
  • Develop Your Own Knowledge and Practice
  • Support the Safeguarding of Children
  • Support Health and Safety of Yourself and individuals

    The Social Services Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship can be completed over one or two years depending on when you begin the course. It is delivered as Virtual Classes use online technologies, such as BrightSpace.
    They are studied in timetabled sessions alongside your other subject choices and will have a college lecturer in virtual attendance during the class. You will also work closely with a relevant local business to gain work.

How will I study my course?

  • Skills for Work

The Social Services Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship can be completed over one or two years depending on when you begin the course. It is delivered as Virtual Classes use online technologies, such as BrightSpace.

They are studied in timetabled sessions alongside your other subject choices and will have a college lecturer in virtual attendance during the class. You will also work closely with a relevant local business to gain work

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.

Fees

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship could provide progression to:

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • Advanced entry to a Modern Apprenticeship
  • BA (Hons) in Child and Youth Studies

Is there more information available online?

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.