Choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in S5 and S6

Learn about the world of work and gain an industry-recognised qualification – all before you leave school.

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You might have heard about Foundation Apprenticeships, but how much do you know about them?

1. It's a new way of learning

In S5 or S6, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your senior subject choices. You'll get the chance to learn about the world of work and develop the new skills your future employers need, giving you a competitive edge while you're still at school.

2. You'll study along with your other subjects

It’s an integrated part of your school timetable in S5 or S6, and so fits alongside your other subject choices. You'll work towards your qualification supported by a learning provider, and spend time gaining industry knowledge and experience through a series of practical activities such as industry projects or placements undertaken virtually or in person.

3. You'll get a qualification, the same level as a Higher

You'll work towards a qualification which is the same level as a Higher (SCQF level 6) and is part of your pathway to university, college, a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, or straight to work.

4. It's a unique chance to get a taste of the world of work 

When you're at school, it can be hard to imagine what working life is really like. Whether you're sure of what you want to do, or you have no idea, a Foundation Apprenticeship gives you the chance to find out about the world of work and try out an industry. With twelve subjects available, ranging from Creative and Digital Media to Engineering, there's something to suit every interest.

5. You'll get a head start in your career

No matter your destination, a Foundation Apprenticeship will set you apart. You'll leave school with a qualification plus industry knowledge and experience that will enhance your CV, university, college or job application.​​​​​​​ Plus, you can make valuable connections and make a lasting impression which could help you in future.

Whats available in your school?

There are twelve types of Foundation Apprenticeship to choose from. Examples include:

Jack's experience of a Foundation Apprenticeship

Jack's apprenticeship gives him practical experience as well as the theory to back it up.

'I like the interaction with the kids, watching them play and grow up,

'I’ve never learned anything about children before, and what I’ve learned is amazing.

'The Foundation Apprenticeship is really interesting, and totally different to what we do in school.'

How do I apply?

Interested in a Foundation Apprenticeship?

If you're in S4 now, and thinking about your subject choices, you can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your options in S5 and S6.

Visit to find out more, and see what's available at your school.