Business Skills
Foundation Apprenticeship

Faculty of Business


Foundation Apprenticeship

Course Code


Course Type

Schools Programme

Course Length

One Year

Course Content


Course Outline:

Modern businesses require leaders, managers and administrators in their management team to provide strategic, tactical and operational services. Budding managers and administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike: from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector.

This foundation apprenticeship programme focuses on Business Administration, whilst giving you the opportunity to appreciate and understand other management and business priorities. Business Administrators will advance key skills and behaviours to support their progression towards management positions.

You’ll have the unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge across a range of business topics in a classroom, alongside a valuable work placement with an employer. The course has been designed to address the skills gaps in business administration and will provide a route into employment and/or progression to further learning. The One Year Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Business Skills is offered in S5 and S6. If you have a strong desire to develop a career in business, you can enhance your school studies with an industry, College and University recognised qualification.

On successful completion of the FA, you will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills. This is a group award at SCQF Level 6, equivalent to a Higher and recognised by Colleges and Universities.

FA in Business Skills includes:

  • National Progression Award in Business Skills at SCQF Level 6
  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • Working with IT Software: PC Passport – Word Processing and Presenting Information
  • Working with IT Software: PC Passport – Spreadsheet and Database
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Units from the SVQ in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 6
  • Plan, manage and improve your own performance in a business environment
  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Support other people to work in a
  • Business environment
  • Design and produce documents in a business environment
  • Work Based Challenge Unit

This course will start August


Course Duration:

1 year

Tuesday and Thursday – 9.30 am – 4 pm

Pupils attend class based delivery at college or in a school hub on both days up until mid September/October, thereafter Tuesday converts to Work placement with an employer.

Entry Requirements

  • Students entering S5 or S6 ready to work at SCQF level 6
  • You need to be working towards at least one Higher and on track to achieve 4 National 5 qualifications (preferably to include a business subject)

Plus have:

  • Communication and team working skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Motivation to succeed
  • Good school attendance report

Job Options

  • Modern Apprenticeship with a creative industry/digital employer

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