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Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services - Children and Young People



A school/college partnership

This Foundation Apprenticeship is available to secondary school pupils in S5 and S6 and is delivered entirely through the medium of Gaelic. You can choose to study the course over a period of two years starting in S5 or in one year during S6.

College classes are scheduled in accordance with the school timetable and you will spend time every week in class with fellow students. You will be taught by a college lecturer from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and you will use a range of online learning materials to support you in your studies.


A solid foundation

This is an inspiring course on which you will study the key values and standards of childhood practice. You will experience what it is like to work with children and young people and learn about the professional standards required. You will look at a range of subject areas including safeguarding, health and safety, communication with children and childhood development.   


Using Gaelic

Work experience is an essential part of this course and you will spend time in a work place where Gaelic is spoken. You can choose to work in a nursery, in a childcare setting or with a community-based youth group. You will use what you have learnt in class and pick up practical skills that will benefit you in life.

The number of hours you spend on work placement each week will depend on whether you choose to study the course over one year or two. Your work placement will be arranged between you, the college, the school and your work place provider.


Ready to enrol….?

Before you begin on the Foundation Apprenticeship, we expect you:

  • To have Nat 5 English and Nat 5 Gaelic
  • To be ready to work at the same level as Higher
  • To be diligent and motivated to work on your own
  • To be willing to speak Gaelic in the work place and out with school
  • To become a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme


Your future

The Foundation Apprenticeship is a stepping stone to future opportunities and upon successful completion of the course you will have a qualification that is recognised by employers and colleges & universities across Scotland.  It also demonstrates to employers and education providers that you are willing to undertake a new challenge whilst still at school.


For further enquiries, please contact or call 01471 888 304