Social Services and Healthcare

Foundation Apprenticeship


What's Social Services and Healthcare like?

People are at the heart of healthcare and social services. If you have a passion for improving lives and helping others, a career in this rewarding field could be for you. 

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare helps prepare for a range of care roles. These could include:

  • adult or children's nurse

  • care assistant

  • care home manager

  • residential support worker

  • social worker

Over 160,000 people are currently employed by NHS Scotland* and there are great opportunities for progression, too.


* 2023

Social services healthcare framework 660 x 440

Entry requirements

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

How does it work?

You'll do the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other school subjects. You'll work on projects with an employer and a learning provider, such as a college. It'll give you an industry-recognised qualification that's great for your CV.

Read our brilliant Social Services: Healthcare Foundation Apprenticeship info to see how it all works!

How long will it take?

You'll do your Foundation Apprenticeship over 1 or 2 years starting in S5 or S6. You'll usually do a work placement of about 1 day a week. 

How to apply

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then fill out the form that comes next, to let us know you're interested. We'll get back to you with more information.