• Health and Social Care

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Social Services and Health Care

  • Local Authority

    Delivered by North Ayrshire Social Services staff.  Open to pupils across Ayrshire schools

  • Location/Day/Time

    Classroom based, in a North Ayrshire school

    Tuesday and Thursday , 1.30pm - 3.30pm

    One day work placement to be negotiated

  • Start Date

    Aug 2021

What is the Course About?

This course is suitable for anyone who is planning to work in any aspect of social services/care or healthcare. Most of the placements will be in social care settings but the components of the course are an excellent introduction to the wide range of careers in these sectors.  So it is relevant to you if you are interested in working in social care, nursing, social work, medicine and all the related professions.  

In this course you will achieve a National Progression Award (NPA) by working on the following units; Social Services in Scotland, Safeguarding People, Communication in Care Relationships, Safe Practice and Wellbeing and Human Development and Social Influences.

During your work placement you will also be working toward achieving SVQ units in

- Supporting Effective Communication

- Supporting Health and Safety of You and Individual

- Developing Your Own Knowledge and Practice

- Supporting the Safeguarding of Individuals

What Do I Need?

You will need to have a good level of literacy so you should have a Nat 5 English. You will need to demonstrate from your school record that you have the ability to study at SCQF Level 6. It is essential that you have an interest in working in the relevant sectors. We will ask for your school to make a recommendation and we will interview applicants. 

Next Steps

On successful completion of this course you may progress to:

  • A Modern Apprenticeship in Social Care
  • Relevant college courses in Social Services and Healthcare sectors
  • The course is recognised by most universities as equivalent to a Higher for a whole range of courses in Social Service and Healthcare sectors (you should check with individual requirements of Universities. Your school’s SDS Careers Adviser will be able to answer any queries you may have)

These are sectors that have well publicised staff shortages. Prospects are very good for anyone who successfully achieves their Foundation Apprenticeship.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2021

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