Sign up for a course at Forth Valley College

Get a head start before leaving school with a Foundation Learning or School Partnership course at Forth Valley College.

Forth Valley College is offering students the opportunity to study with them while still in school and hopes teachers and parents will help enroll them.

These courses are aimed at students entering S4, S5 and S6 in August 2022, who can join their professional courses as one of their subject options, alongside their national and higher school diplomas.

Everyone’s heard the phrase “school isn’t for everyone,” but even if it was, FVC’s school-partnered courses can enhance, enhance, and expand what high school students learn in high school.

Another plus is that the award-winning Forth Valley College is one of the best in Scotland, leading the way in STEM fields and with industry experts in all teaching departments.

It’s a real win-win situation because it gives students a taste of what to expect in higher or higher education, and takes away the anxiety when they finally leave school and do their next step in education.

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

HNC accelerated procedure

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

HNCs are currently available in applied biological sciences, computer science, police studies, and athletic training and development. They are at the same level as an Advanced Higher and upon completion may lead to certain HND courses or even directly to the second year of certain university courses.

Basic learnings

The college can also offer students entering S5 a choice of 12 core apprenticeship courses, developed by Skills Development Scotland in conjunction with industry bodies.

Foundation apprenticeships are at the same level as a higher apprenticeship, are also studied over two years and involve on-the-job learning with a local employer, as well as study at university. Successful completion of most basic apprenticeships gives a guaranteed place on an HNC in college, or a head start with a modern apprenticeship.

The qualifications are also accepted by most Scottish universities as equivalent to a higher. Core learnings are available in Accounting, Business Skills, Civil Engineering, Construction, Engineering, Media, Hardware and System Support, Software Development, IT hotels, social services: children and young people.

A wide range of courses

The National Progression Awards (NPA) are also available to school students in the areas of Cybersecurity, Events, Exercise and Fitness Leadership, Social Services: Children and Youth, and Sport and fitness: team sports: football, sound production and travel and tourism.

Skills for Work (SFW) is another option schoolchildren can consider at FVC and subjects include creative industries, early learning and childcare, and engineering. An introduction to hairdressing and beauty, a school link in artistic make-up and higher psychology could also arouse the interest of students in the senior phase.

It’s a great opportunity to get ahead of the game before they leave school – so keep going and help them take their next step!

Students interested in these courses should speak to their support teacher. For more information visit

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