Foundation Apprenticeships

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What is a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Still at school but want to gain real-life work experience? You can get a head start in your future career now with a Foundation Apprenticeship. An FA will give you real-world experience while you’re in fifth or sixth year. It counts as one of your subject choices, is the same level as a Higher and gives you valuable work experience.

With this work-based learning opportunity you’ll spend time between school, college and with an employer. You’ll contribute to real-life projects in the work place which will complement what you’ll be learning in the classroom and at college. And it all adds up to an industry-recognised qualification equivalent to 1-2 Highers.

Whether you want to go to college or university, do a further apprenticeship or go straight into work, a Foundation Apprenticeship can help. This is a work-based learning opportunity for secondary school pupils in S5 and S6. You spend time out of school at college or with a local employer, and complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other subjects like National 5s and Highers.

The qualification takes two years to complete and is linked to one of six key sectors of the Scottish economy, so you are getting industry experience which will help kick-start a successful career in your chosen field.

We currently offer FAs in:

Civil Engineering
Creative and Digital Media
Early Learning and Child Care
Food and Drink
Health and Social Care
Networking and Cyber Security
Science and Technology
Software & Applications Development

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Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships team on 01382 834847 or

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).

Two of our Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprentices have shared their story:

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at