The Foundation Apprenticeship will give you the ideal foundation to be part of the social services sector for young people.

The social services sector for young people is set to increase dramatically within Scotland and the UK due to changes around legislation and the increase in the number of free child care places offered by the Government. This means there is a growing need for skilled workers within this sector.


  • Problem solving skills
  • Team work skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Play for children and young people
  • Communication with children and young people
  • Development of children and young people
  • Promoting well-being of children and young people
  • Support effective communication
  • Support the Health and safety of yourself and individuals
  • Develop your own knowledge and practice
  • Support the safeguarding of children
  • Support the development of children and young people
  • Support children’s learning through play

You should be working towards or have achieved the following:

  • SCQF Level 5 Maths or Numeracy
  • SCQF Level 5 English or Literacy

FAs are accepted by colleges and universities as part of their entry requirements. For full details, check out

Fife College will accept achievement of the FA in Children and Young People as equivalent to one Higher which, accompanied with Higher English (Grade A or B), will support you to gain entry to:

  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7
  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services SCQF Level 8

To apply for this Foundation Apprenticeship, which is offered by Fife Council, please visit the Opportunities Fife website.