Your future starts here.


People are at the heart of a career in care. You’ll make a difference every day, whether you choose to focus on early years and childcare, social work and social care, or healthcare.

Care is more than just a job – it’s one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles out there. No two days are the same and you’ll have the unique opportunity to directly improve the lives of the individuals and community you support.

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As well as a host of full-time courses, we also offer part-time and distance learning in care where you can study at a location near you or choose to study online.

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1 in 13

jobs in Scotland are in social care, social work and childcare¹

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My time at NESCol was a hugely positive experience — both in terms of my qualification and the knowledge, understanding and perspective I gained and the social connections I have made.”

Callum Gerrie

Callum studied an Access to Social Care course followed by HNC Social Services at NESCol. He then progressed directly into the second year of BA Hons Social Work at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

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Career opportunities

What’s it really like to work in the care sector? The Scottish Social Services Council have put together a careers website, where you’ll find role descriptions and stories from real workers to help you choose which kind of job or course to apply for.


Childminder, Childhood Practitioner/ Early Years Practitioner, Childcare Support Worker, Education Support Assistant, Nursery Manager, Playworker.


Health Care Support Worker, Midwife, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist.

Social Care

Care Home Manager, Housing Support Office (Sheltered Housing), Social Care Assistant/ Support Worker, Social Work Assistant, Social Worker, Youth Justice Worker.


people work in social work, social care and childcare in Scotland²


of care services employers reported a shortage of qualified applicants for vacancies³

Where you can study

Did you know we have a replica of a care ward at our City Campus, complete with hospital beds and specialist mannequins? Fraserburgh Campus also has dedicated health and social care facilities, with childcare areas also featuring materials and learning tools that help students make the transition from classroom to the workplace seamlessly.

Study care in Aberdeen

  • 4,500+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 4 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

Our Aberdeen City Campus is situated in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

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Study care in Fraserburgh

  • 950+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 2 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

The bright and modern Fraserburgh Campus provides a fantastic environment for NESCol students, staff and visitors.

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Study part-time

Part-time courses are offered at locations throughout the region.

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What our students think

In autumn 2023, more than 5,000 full-time students responded to our First Impressions Survey (88% of those eligible) and we are delighted to share some of the feedback we received.

98% Of full-time students believe they are treated fairly
"NESCol is a fair, kind, welcoming environment, with friendly and supportive staff. I love coming here."
97% Of full-time students are satisfied with their course
"NESCol helped me gain my confidence again after a huge gap in my studies."
96% Of full-time students enjoyed attending College

Student stories

Don’t take our word for it!

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Katie McCafferty & Mandy Mackintosh

Celebrating together at the NESCol Aberdeen Graduation Ceremony are Katie McCafferty and Mandy Mackintosh, childhood friends who have now achieved their HNC Childhood Practice at the same time. Katie (41)…

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Morven Cuthill

FA course title: Social Services & Healthcare Secondary school attended: Cults Academy Why did you choose this Foundation Apprenticeship? I thought it would be a good experience for me while…

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Haley Robertson

Haley Robertson wants everyone to know that, no matter what your circumstances, there is always support available at North East Scotland College (NESCol) to help you achieve your goals. Haley,…

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Get in touch

Our student advisers can help with any application enquiries.

Contact the team directly by calling 01224 612330, dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, or by emailing Student advisors are also available on LiveChat when the chat icon appears at the bottom of our website.

¹ Source: Scottish Social Services Council – Report on 2022 Workforce Data
² Source: Scottish Social Services Council – Report on 2022 Workforce Data
³ Source: Scottish Social Services Council – Staff vacancies in care services 2022 report