Foundation Apprenticeship
Accountancy SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in accountancy.


Why take this course?

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy is a great way to get hands–on experience in this fast paced, constantly changing industry. You will have the unique chance to develop skills and knowledge across a range of accountancy topics in a classroom, alongside a valuable work placement with an employer. This one 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.

This course will provide you with certificated evidence of your knowledge and the skills you have developed to prepare you for future work in a business setting. You will be well–equipped for progression to a Modern Apprenticeship or starting an HND course in Accounting at College, or progressing to university level studies.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

You will study a National Progression Award (NPA) in Accountancy at SCQF Level 6 and 3 units of the SVQ AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting at SCQF Level 6.  Completion of these 3 units will enable you to be awarded the AAT Level 3/SCQF Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

This programme is only open to pupils going into S6 who expect to achieve success in Higher Accounts studied in S5.

What you need to know

Anything else?

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

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

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

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can apply to progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

This course will prepare you to access a range of university degrees programmes. Foundation Apprenticeships are accepted by all Scottish Universities as equivalent to at least one Higher. For further information you should consult the entry criteria for individual courses at the institution of your choice.


Upon successful completion of this course, you may choose to progress to work in an accounting environment, or gain advanced entry to the associated Modern Apprenticeship framework.

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


This course involves a work placement — the work placement day will be flexible according to your S6 timetable.

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.