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SQA News 12 October 2023

Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering

SQA and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can confirm that the Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering Level 6 framework (GR93 46) – initially introduced as a temporary measure in 2020 – will permanently replace the original framework (GL7C 46) during 2023-24.

The following arrangements will be in place, depending on when learners started their Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering:

The newer framework was developed in recognition of the challenges faced by centres and learners in completing the SVQ Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) component of the original framework.

It consists of the National Certificate at SCQF Level 6 and three mandatory PEO SVQ units. Centres do not need to include the optional/additional PEO units but can do so if they wish.

The original framework (GL7C 46) will finish on 31 July 2024.

More information

Full details of this change are available in the updated Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering framework specification on the SDS website.

You can find general information on Foundation Apprenticeships assessment in session 2023-24 on our website.