College update: Extension of online learning 

Following the announcement by the Scottish Government of increased measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the decision has been taken to extend the period of online learning at NESCol until 8 February.

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College update: Extension of online learning 

Following the announcement by the Scottish Government of increased measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the decision has been taken to extend the period of online learning at NESCol until 8 February.

The college has been working remotely since the session restarted yesterday (6 January).

Face to face teaching will be paused during this time. Students timetabled to attend College campuses in the weeks ahead should remain at home and follow the guidance of course leaders.

Remote learning will be delivered via the College’s well-established Virtual Learning Environment. Significant investment has been made to ensure equal digital access for all students, with additional devices and 4G internet connections made available.

Principal Neil Cowie said: “The fundamental consideration has been ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and the communities we serve in light of the increased transmissibility of the new variant of the virus. Once again the important message to stress is that we must all stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

“The move from blended learning to fully online delivery for this period will of course bring challenges for staff and students, particularly in practical subject areas, but we have demonstrated previously our ability to be agile and resilient. Those qualities will once again come to the fore.”

Although campuses will be closed for general access, managed provision will be made for students who require study facilities or support services.  Students should contact their academic tutor or to discuss any issues arising from the move to remote delivery. The online support tools and community at are also available to all NESCol students.

Since the beginning of the 2020/21 College session, NESCol has been operating a blended model for full-time students. Courses have been delivered using a mix of practical on-site classes and live online sessions as well as structured remote learning activities which give students flexibility in their schedule. Those limited on-site classes have now been suspended until 8 February with the move to fully remote delivery.

Remote learning in place as NESCol prepares for 2021 restart

NESCol will be operating on a remote basis when the College session restarts on Wednesday (6 January).

Students timetabled to attend campus from Wednesday to Friday (6-8 January) are asked to remain at home. Online teaching will continue through the College’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Staff will also work remotely, with only essential personnel present on Campus. Only staff authorised by their line manager to attend should do so.

These measures, which were communicated prior to the festive break, are designed to provide an opportunity to assess the latest Scottish Government guidance.

Following the announcement on Monday of tighter Coronavirus restrictions nationally, consideration is being given to any further steps the College may need to take to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community.

Members of the Leadership Team are meeting regularly to consider the evolving national guidance.

Additional information will be shared at the earliest opportunity by email, on the NESCol website and social media channels.

2020/21 Session

North East Scotland College is ready to welcome new and returning students as campuses reopen for the start of the 2020/21 year.

Full-time courses begin from 7 September at the Altens Campus, City Campus, Fraserburgh Campus and online.

Courses are being delivered using a blend of practical on-site classes, live online sessions as well as structured learning activities which give students flexibility in their schedule.

Measures in place for the new College year include:

  • Timetabled access to facilities to ensure numbers are limited. Around one third of the usual numbers of students and staff will be on campus at any one time;
  • One-way systems, distancing measures and clear reminders of the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance – including the use of face coverings in public areas;
  • The introduction of smoke free campuses, to discourage groups from congregating;
  • Additional provision of hand sanitising stations and increased cleaning of College facilities.

Student support services, including live chat, are provided through the College’s specialist teams and online provision has been expanded with the introduction of free access to .

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year remain open across NESCol’s full course offering. Further information on course options and online applications can be found at

Guidance for students and applicants is available by email at

Risk assessments

The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is NESCol’s priority. Important measures are in place across our campuses to protect against Coronavirus and a comprehensive suite of risk assessments has been completed for all areas of our operations for the 2020/21 College year, taking into account the latest guidance.

Risk assessments in relation to specific college settings and tasks are displayed in learning areas and can be provided by email on request. Please contact the relevant lecturer if you would like to receive a copy of a risk assessment.