• Early Years

    Foundation Apprenticeship - Social Services (Children and Young People) Level 6 Kilmarnock Academy

  • Local Authority

    East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire

  • Location / Day / Time

    This course is for school pupils only

    Kilmarnock Academy (1 year)

    Must be over the age of 16 to apply.

    Tuesday – 8:50am –3:35pm Wednesday

    Full day work placement

Who is the course for

You can work with children and young people in a range of careers from Early Years Practitioner to Social services. 

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 and young people. 

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.

What is the course about

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 lets you find out what a career in social services would really be like - and if it’s right for you. It includes:

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services: (Children and Young People)

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 will learn about safeguarding, play, communication, development and wellbeing of children & young people

You’ll spend part of your week at college and have the opportunity to get involved in stay, play and learn sessions with local early learning and childcare service. In year two you will go out on work experience so that your occupational competencies can be assessed. You’ll

achieve the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Social Services (Children and Young People) as you complete your work placement. You’ll learn about effective communication, health & safety of yourself and individuals, support the safeguarding of children, the development of children and young people, and children’s learning through play.

What do I need

For a place on this course, you’ll need to have, or be working towards, at least 4 National 5 qualifications including English or Literacy. Working in social services setting means you also need to be able to interact and communicate respectfully with children and staff, work with others and problem solve.

How will I be assessed

The NPA Units are assessed in College and are testing your knowledge and understanding of the Unit content. The SVQ level 2 mandatory units will be assessed in the workplace. These assessments are practical – you will carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can carry them out correctly. You will also keep a reflective log and produce accounts to demonstrate your knowledge, values and practical skills. Your SVQ Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure that you are doing well and on track with your vocational qualification.  

Next steps

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.

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