Foundation Apprenticeship
Creative & Digital Media SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in creative and digital media.


Why take this course?

This 2 year programme incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning to prepare you for entry to the workplace or full-time Further or Higher Education. The course is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

Creative Digital media encompasses the range of creative roles where interactive media storytelling and commerce collide.  The utilisation of creative digital content to enable either a product of another service such as marketing, advertising or information gathering, offers a vast array of job roles ranging from pure creative to more technical and data-driven responsibilities within film, TV, VFX, animation, games, radio, advertising and marketing communications, publishing, print and fashion and textiles.

In addition to all of this - and more importantly - this growing sector needs people! One third of tech companies cite talent shortages as an inhibiter to expansion and there are significant opportunities for young creative people whose interest in digital media extends beyond consuming content and into creating it and getting it out to audiences.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland 

What you will experience

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media is for pupils to start in S5 and continue in S6.

In S5 you will complete a National Progression Award at SCQF Level 6 in Creative and Digital Media: Technologies, Processes and Practices. In S6 you will complete a large part of the Diploma in Creative Digital Media. The National Progression Award in year one will includes units in:

  • Creative Industries: An Introduction — Scotland
  • Storytelling for the Creative Industries
  • Understanding the Creative process
  • Understanding a Creative Brief

You will also participate in a Media Project during which you will showcase your understanding of the creative process by producing a creative and digital item to meet with a given brief. You will also undertake work–based learning, mostly in year 2 (6th year of school) during which you will attend an extended work placement with an industry partner equivalent to a day a week. During that time you will develop essential skills for the workplace and be assessed on your performance against the following units:

  • Present Ideas and Information to Others in the Creative Industries
  • Work Effectively with Others in the Creative Industries
  • Develop Own Professional Practice in the Creative Industries
  • Work with Digital Media
  • Manage and Market Yourself as a Freelancer in the Creative Industries
  • Ensure Your Own Actions Reduce Risks to Health and Safety
female drawing in creative environment

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suited to school pupils who expect to continue at school until the end of S6 and who are on track to achieve passes in related National 5 awards in S4. Related areas would include Computing, Art, Graphic Communication and Design and Technology.

Applicants need to be ready to work at SCQF level 6 and have a good level of written and spoken English.  Pupils would benefit from studying subjects such as Higher Computing, Higher Art, Higher Graphic Communication and NPA Digital Media during S5 and S6.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to: 

  • Be fully prepared for each class and arrive on time; 
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment. 

Eating and drinking is not permitted in the workrooms or classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

This course will prepare you to access a range of university degrees provided you also have the additional required entry criteria.


A Foundation Apprenticeship forms the skills, knowledge and competence which can be built on to progress to employment via a Modern Apprenticeship.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.