Social Services (Children and Young People)

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

SCQF level: 6
Starts: May 2018
Ends: April 2020
Gardyne Campus
Year 1: Mon & Wed 2-5pm. Year 2: 2 days in placement (TBC)
Arbroath Campus
Year 1: Wed 2-4pm , Fri 9-1pm. Year 2: 2 days in placement (TBC)

Entry requirements:
Minimum of 5 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 (S5) – NPA in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6
  • Year 2 (S6) – SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6 (part of)

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

Vocational skills will be developed, demonstrated and competence will be assessed whilst on work placement through the achievement of the SVQ units within the framework. Pupils will develop further care and employability skills whilst on work placement to enable them to generate the necessary evidence required for the SVQ 2 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6 (part of). The pupils will gain an understanding of the National Care Standards which underpin childcare practice. They will have the opportunity to relate all of their theoretical knowledge gained in S5 to practice undertaken whilst in S6. The pupils will develop reflective practice skills as part of this process.

In S6, pupils will undertake a work experience placement in a relevant play work and childcare setting with the local authority, or private sector employer. In addition to the completion of the mandatory units SVQ the pupil will gain employability skills of timekeeping, attendance, team working, communication and demonstrating value based practice.

Progression opportunities:

  • Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 7
  • Employment: Support Work in a Childcare setting; - Out of School Care Assistant
  • Further Study: National Certificate (NC) in Early Education and Childcare

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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).