Foundation Apprenticeships

A Foundation Apprenticeship can be one of your subject choices in S4 and S5. They are accepted as an equivalent to an SQA Higher by most colleges and universities in Scotland.

Get experience in the world of work

The main benefits of a Foundation Apprenticeship are:

  • you'll gain valuable work experience
  • you'll have access to practical learning while still studying at school
  • you'll learn and develop skills that employers want

Watch Aimee talk about her Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills. Douglas Andrew, Learning and Development Manager at NHS Grampian, also explains the benefits of apprenticeships to the health service in Scotland.


What to expect

In the NHS, Foundation Apprenticeships are delivered by your local college, in partnership with an NHSScotland employer.

A Foundation Apprenticeship takes up to 2 years to complete. You'll spend time out of school attending college and your NHS work placement.

Foundation Apprenticeships appropriate to NHSScotland are:

  • Business Skills
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Drink Technologies
  • Hardware and System Support
  • Scientific Technologies
  • Social Services and Healthcare
  • Software Development

Completing any of these could lead to further or higher education, as well as other apprenticeship opportunities, including:

Visit these websites to learn more about apprenticeships: