If your child is looking to gain experience in a further education setting and keen to add qualifications to their CV, you will be delighted to know that there are still places available on a number of School Partnership and Foundation Apprenticeship courses at Forth Valley College.

School Partnership Courses

These courses are for school pupils moving into S4 in August 2022, who can join their vocational courses as one of their subject options, alongside their school-based national and higher qualifications.

FVC’s school partnership courses provide a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for further or higher education or entering employment. By the time the students complete the SCOTS (School-College Opportunities to Succeed) programme, they will have a better idea of what career path they would like to take. Students can look forward to lots of hands-on learning and get their first taste of life after school.

Another advantage is that the award-winning Forth Valley College is one of Scotland’s best, leading the way in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject areas and boasting industry experts across all teaching departments.

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

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HNC fast-track

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 Biological Sciences, Police Studies and Sports Coaching and Developing. They are the same level as an Advanced Higher and on completion can lead to a HND course, or even directly into year two at University.

Foundation Apprenticeships

There are still places available on a number of our Foundation Apprenticeship courses, aimed at pupils entering S5 and S6 in August 2022.

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

FA’s are also accepted by most Scottish universities as equivalent to a Higher. Foundation Apprenticeships are available in Business Skills, Hospitality, Media, Social Services: Children and Young People, Social Services and Healthcare, Software Development.

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A wide range of courses

National Progression Awards (NPA) are also available for school pupils in Cyber Security, Events, Exercise and Fitness Leadership, Sport and Fitness: Team Sports: Football, and Travel and Tourism.

Skills for Work (SFW) is another option for school pupils to consider at FVC and subjects include Creative Industries and Early Education and Childcare. A school link in Professional Cookery or the Scottish Baccalaureate in Science might also spark an interest in senior phase pupils.

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 can apply directly via the FVC website at www.forthvalley.ac.uk/schools.