Foundation Apprenticeships update

Foundation Apprenticeships Update  

As you will be aware, Covid-19 restrictions to work-placements have impacted learners’ ability to complete elements of the SVQ units and learning providers’ capacity to complete assessments.  The following the measures are being implemented by SQA and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to support learners ensure that young people across Scotland get the results they deserve;

  • Learners who have completed all group awards and units of their Foundation Apprenticeship and have been resulted on SQA systems will, as normal, receive the Foundation Apprenticeship certification along with the Scottish Qualification Certificate that records all their achievement.
  • Where achievement of the full Foundation Apprenticeship was not possible due to the impact of the coronavirus, we will issue learners a letter of recognition. These learners will also receive a Scottish Qualification Certificate listing their achievements.   The letter will formally recognise the achievements of learners who have completed the National Certificate Award or National Progression Award part of their Foundation Apprenticeship and have no unit ‘Fails’ resulted on SQA systems.
  • All other learners who have completed and passed other units of their Foundation Apprenticeship will be certified via existing SQA processes but will not receive the letter of recognition.
  • SDS and SQA are working with colleges and universities to discuss their acceptance of the letter of recognition for course admissions and progression to Further Education and Higher Education in 2020. Further updates will be provided when the discussions with colleges and universities have concluded.