Young people can get ahead of the game with a School Partnership course

Forth Valley College is offering pupils the chance to study with them while still at school, and is hoping teachers and parents will encourage them to apply.

These courses are for school pupils moving into S4, S5 and S6 in August 2024, who are looking to choose a vocational course as one of their subject options, alongside their school-based national and higher qualifications.

Perfect for those interested in something different from their traditional school curriculum, these courses can enhance and develop on what senior school pupils are learning at secondary.

It is a real win-win situation as it gives pupils a taste of what to expect in further or higher education, and takes the anxiety away from them when they eventually leave school and make their next step in education.

It also encourages more independence, responsibility and maturity and allows them to experience a whole range of leisure activities and social networks.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Pupils entering S5 can choose from a range of Foundation Apprenticeship courses, developed by Skills Development Scotland, in conjunction with industry bodies.

Foundation Apprenticeships are at the same level as a Higher, are studied over two years and involve learning in the workplace with a local employer, as well as studying at college. Successful completion of most Foundation Apprenticeships gives a guaranteed place on a Higher National Certificate course at college, or a head start with a Modern Apprenticeship.

The qualifications are also accepted by most Scottish universities as equivalent to a Higher. Foundation Apprenticeships are available in Construction, Creative Industries and Engineering.

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A wide range of courses

Pupils entering S5 in August and planning to continue in school in S6 can sign up to study a Higher National Certificate (HNC) over the two years.

HNCs are currently available in Applied Science and Sports Coaching & Development. They are at the same level as an Advanced Higher and on completion can lead on to some Higher National Diploma courses, or even directly into year two of some degree courses at University.

National Progression Awards (NPA) are also available for school pupils in Business Skills with Information Technology, Construction, Events, Film & Media, Professional Cookery, Social Services and Healthcare, Social Services, Children and Young People and Sound Production.

Skills for Work (SFW) is another option for school pupils to consider at FVC and subjects include Care, Childcare, Creative Industries, Hospitality and Uniformed & Emergency Services, all of which might spark an interest in senior phase pupils.

Other subjects include: Mental Health, Computing, English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL), Skills for Airport & Airline Operations, Hair & Beauty, Forensic Science and a Supported Transition Programme.

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It's a great opportunity to get ahead of the game before leaving school – so go on and help them make their next move!

Pupils interested in these courses should talk to their support teacher. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 April 2024 but early applications are encouraged. For more information, visit

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