Social Services and Healthcare

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

SCQF level: 6
Campus: Arbroath / Gardyne
Starts: May 2017
Ends: April 2019
Year 1
Gardyne: Monday and Wednesday, 2pm – 5pm / Arbroath: to be confirmed
Year 2 Two days in placement (days to be confirmed)

Entry requirements: Minimum of 4 National 5 passes, one of which must be English and successful interview. Must demonstrate a genuine interest in this vocational area.

Course content:

Year 1:
NPA in Social Services and Healthcare

In S5, you will attend college one day per week to develop your understanding of the values and principles that underpin Social Services and Healthcare before applying to practice whilst on work placement. The course structure will develop your skills of investigating, analysing, evaluating and presenting information, as well as developing knowledge and understanding.

Year 2: SVQ Level 2 in Social Services and Healthcare (part of)

In S6, you will undertake a work placement in a relevant health or social care setting with the local authority, or private sector employer. In addition to the completion of (part of) the SVQ, you will gain employability skills of timekeeping, attendance, team working, communication and demonstrating value based practice.

Vocational skills will be developed, demonstrated and competence will be assessed whilst on work placement through the achievement of the SVQ units. You will develop further care and employability skills whilst on work placement to enable you to generate the necessary evidence required for the SVQ 2 Social Services (Health and Social Care, part of) at SCQF Level 6. You will also have the opportunity to relate all of your theoretical knowledge gained in S5 to practice undertaken whilst in S6 and develop reflective practice skills as part of this process.

Progression opportunities:

  • Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services and Health at SCQF Level 7
  • Employment: Health Care Assistant; Support Worker in a Care Setting
  • Further Study: Advanced Certificate in Health and Social Care or Access to Nursing

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting Kathryn Simpson at or 01382 834897
You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).