Foundation Apprenticeship : Social Services and Health Care NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

The care sector has one of the fastest growing workforces in Scotland with over 199,600 social service workers in Scotland today working in a range of settings. One in 13 people employed in Scotland work in social services.

There are many different career opportunities and career pathways across this range of settings. Job roles in adult services include personal assistant, care assistant, support worker, supervisor, senior care worker, team leader, care home manager, centre manager and service manager.

Social Services offer a challenging and rewarding career providing support and help to people who need it, helping them to live full and valued lives in the community.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have 3 passes at National 5 level gained in S4/5 at C pass or above. (Ideally one should be a literary subject such as English, geography or psychology).

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the social services and healthcare sector and have an interest in working in this sector; demonstration of experience in this sector will be considered and each application will be considered on a case by case basis and have a satisfactory interview.

You will be required to undergo a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check prior to placement. The college will assist you with this.

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

· Social Services in Scotland

· Safeguarding People

· Communication in Care Relationships

· Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services

· Human Development and Social Influences

You also spend time with an employer, completing 4 units from the SVQ level 2 Social Services and Healthcare:

· Support Effective Communication

· Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals

· Develop your own knowledge and practice

· Support the safeguarding of individuals

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprenticeship can be completed over one or two years depending on when you begin the course. It is delivered as a Networked or ‘Virtual Class’ using online technologies, such as video conference and BrightSpace, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Your classes will be timetabled alongside your other subject choices and will have a college lecturer in virtual attendance during the class. You will also work closely with a local business to gain work experience.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


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:

Advanced entry to a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare

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 UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.