Foundation Apprenticeship - Social Services (Children and Young People) One Year
South Ayrshire Schools
This course is for school pupils.
Equivalent of 1.5 days in college.
Equivalent of 1 full day in work placement.
From 10 Jun 2019
You can work with children and young people in a range of careers from Early Years Practitioner to a Social Worker.
Early year's provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early learning and childcare experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement for children.
Social Service workers provide support and help to people who need it, helping them to live full and valued lives in the community. In particular, they help make sure children have the best start in life, so they grow up to be happy, healthy and secure.
This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in early learning and childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children and young people.
This course is aimed at S6 pupils and is studied as one of your school subjects. The course takes 1 year to complete.
You’ll spend part of your week at college and also go out on work experience. And don’t worry about getting to and from college/employer – all your transport will be organised and paid for too.
This course lets you find out what a career in social services would really be like - and if it’s right for you.
Here’s a bit more on what’s involved:
The NPA will give you the knowledge you need for the SVQ, along with the practical skills required for delivering early learning and childcare opportunities for children.
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake 6 units to achieve the full SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People).
You must complete these 4 mandatory Units:
You will be on a work placement one day per week during the year. This placement will be in early learning and childcare and/or early primary school.
For a place on this course, you’ll need:
Working in social services setting means you also need to be able to:
A commitment to appropriate values is very important. If you’re interested in a career in social services you can use the interactive resource a question of care: a career for you. Here, you’ll answer a series of questions and receive a detailed personal profile at the end. A commitment to appropriate values is necessary and you can demonstrate this partly through responses in this resource.
The NPA Units are assessed in college and the SVQ Level 2 units are assessed in the workplace. These assessments are a mixture of written reflective accounts & practical application – you’ll carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can do them to the require occupational standard.
You’ll also keep a reflective log and produce accounts of practice to demonstrate your knowledge of related legislation, policies, theories, professional values and practical skills.
Your SVQ Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure you’re doing well and on track with your vocational qualification.
Successful completion of this Foundation Apprenticeship includes Scottish Social Services Council registration eligibility for support worker in day care of children services. Most jobs in day care of children services are at practitioner level and certification for these roles is at SVQ 3, but some employers use SVQ 2 as entry to SVQ 3.
Once you’ve achieved this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and extensive work experience which will really help in your future career. It will support your progress whether you plan to study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice or enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work.
You’ll have a solid basis for moving onto a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People). This will qualify you as a support worker and practitioner in a range of services across the sector, such as day care services or out of school care as a nursery assistant, play leader or nursery officer.