Foundation apprenticeships

Kick Start Your Career

A Foundation Apprenticeship offers you the chance to get a head start on your chosen career by gaining an industry-recognised qualification.

Foundation Apprenticeships are available to pupils in S5-S6 and they typically take two years to complete.

You will spend time out of school, at college and with a local employer, and you will undertake the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other subjects like National 5s and Highers.

Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to go on a work placement where you will learn valuable new skills and find out what the world of work is really like.

Why choose a Foundation Apprenticeship at West Highland College UHI?

A Foundation Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work on real projects and to develop the skills, experience and knowledge that you will need when you leave school. You will:

  • achieve the Foundation Apprenticeship while still at school
  • gain a qualification recognised by employers
  • gain valuable work experience with local employers
  • boost your CV or application for college, university or work
  • broaden your career options
  • step into a growing industry that needs skilled people
  • a Foundation Apprenticeship is also a great stepping stone on to a Modern Apprenticeship

Further study

The Foundation Apprenticeships at West Highland College UHI offer a possible entry route into the HNC Childhood Practice, HNC Health & Social Care and other higher education courses.

Foundation Apprenticeship recognition for university admission

A number of universities across Scotland now recognise the FA as part of their entry criteria.  This will vary between institutions, so it is advisable to check with the individual universities.

The Scottish universities currently recognising Foundation Apprenticeships as part of their entrance criteria include:

  1. Abertay University
  2. Robert Gordon University
  3. Heriot Watt University
  4. University of Aberdeen
  5. University of Edinburgh
  6. University of Glasgow
  7. University of Strathclyde
  8. University of the Highlands & Islands
  9. University of West of Scotland
  10. The Open University
  11. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  12. Edinburgh Napier
  13. Glasgow Caledonian University
  14. University of Stirling
  15. Glasgow School of Art
  16. Scotland’s Rural College

Where specified subjects are required for entry to a degree programme (for example Maths and Physics for entry to Engineering), the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering will not replace that requirement but will count as one of the additional subjects making up the total complement of qualifications (and in the case quoted for Engineering, an Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship would positively enhance that application).

There are a few exceptions noted by institutions (e.g. the FA will not be accepted at the University of Glasgow or Edinburgh for Law, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at this point, but will be reviewed). However, it is recommended prior to any application being made to check with individual institutions regarding their entry requirements.

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