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Why Choose NESCol?

Whatever your educational or occupational background, an opportunity
awaits at NESCol!

North East Scotland College (NESCol) is one of the largest providers of vocational education and training in Scotland. We have a course to suit everyone – whether you’re fresh out of school, currently working, returning to education or simply want to try something new.

We cover a wide range of course levels across a range of different subject areas, and aim to deliver inspirational teaching from each of our modern and well-equipped campuses. Coming to College can be a big step, but we have a number of expert teams in place to provide support to help you along the way.

top 10 reasons to choose NESCol

1. Huge range of courses

It doesn’t matter what qualifications you have when you apply! NESCol has a variety of courses in a wide range of subject areas, from introductory to advanced level. This means that everyone can start on a course to suit their ability and experience.

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2. State-of-the-art facilities

Specialist training facilities include engineering labs, TV studios, photography studios, hair & beauty salons, training restaurants and kitchens, a studio theatre, computer hardware labs and more! We also have excellent study and social facilities available including Library+ at all campuses, digital skills spaces, fitness suites, common rooms, refectories and cafés.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR FACILITIES


3. Excellent teaching staff

You’ll find that learning comes to life thanks to the dedicated, industry-experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff in place to guide you through your course.

 


4. Brilliant student support

The College’s Student Advisors offer advice on anything and everything that might affect your time at College or your future education and employment – from additional learning support and funding to international student guidance, personal support and career advice.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR ADVICE CENTRES


5. University articulation

Formal articulation links with RGU, the University of Aberdeen and many universities across Scotland mean that you could progress to university level study on successful completion of your HND (and in some cases HNC) course.

6. Clear pathways to employment

Our qualifications allow you to progress to employment with a recognised qualification and relevant industry skills. NESCol has great relationships with employers, learning geared towards work and knowledgeable Student Advisers to allow for a well-supported transition from College into a career!


7. Great industry links

We have excellent relationships with local businesses and national bodies. This means that your learning will be industry relevant. Your training and development is focused on preparing you for your future employment – including input from guest speakers, class trips, client-initiated projects and more!


8. Enterprise opportunities

The College places a strong emphasis on developing enterprise skills and confidence amongst students at all levels. Close work with organisations such as Bridge 2 Business and Elevator ensures there are many opportunities to get involved.


9. A diverse student body

Students from all walks of life are welcome at North East Scotland College. Our Respect Agenda ensures that we strive to be a constructive and productive community for all students, staff and stakeholders, free from harassment and discrimination. This means that every College Campus is a diverse, interesting, safe and exciting place to be.


10. There’s still time for you

Although our courses are considered full time, most only require you to be in class for 18 hours per week*. This gives you plenty time to study, work, and enjoy your own free time alongside your College timetable!

*Some courses will require more than this.

Find out more about North East Scotland College.

We have 7  campuses and learning centres spread throughout Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

We have a wide range of facilities and the very best of learning environments.

Further information on what happens after successfully completing your College course.

Student Stories

Don’t take our word for it!  Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol.

Guy Ingerson

Guy Ingerson

Business & Management

HND Advertising & PR

“The course provides you the skills to communicate whatever it is that you’re trying to sell. It’s been fantastic. It gives you a really supportive environment – especially if you are coming back into the world of education from work. That’s the route that I took and it’s been really fantastic in that regard. But if you’re a school leaver as well, College gives you practical skills alongside the theory that you’re learning, so even if you decide not to go to uni, you’ve got those skills there and you can utilise them to go into work. It’s really, really valuable in that way.”

Read more about Guy's story
Lisa Shaw

Lisa Shaw

Modern Apprenticeship

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering

“As a mature student and a home owner I have been able to work and learn at the same time – if I had returned to full time education then I would have struggled financially. I came away from school with few qualifications and didn’t think that I would go back into education. I always wanted to, but never really had the confidence. This has shown me that I have a huge potential for learning and it’s given me more interest to pick up learning again in the future.”

Read more about Lisa's story