No formal qualifications required.
SCQF Level 4
This course is the perfect course to support your transition into College – ideal for anyone not sure about what they want to study. It is an opportunity to experience College studies, sampling a number of subject areas to help you plan your future studies in an area that genuinely interests you.
You will be well supported throughout this course to help you become accustomed to learning at College by getting a sample of different subjects in different learning contexts.
This course will give learners an insight into Care, Sport, Social Studies, Enterprise, Wellbeing and Personal Development.
Your learning will take place in College classrooms but also on other College sites, with some focus on outside learning at appropriate College facilities.
You will experience a course with variety, and a hands-on-learning approach, supported by dedicated lecturers who will help you to make informed choices about progression to more specific courses, or to potential employment.
No formal qualifications required.
If you are studying a full-time non-advanced course (below HNC level), you may be entitled to funding.
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
This course could lead to a number of SCQF Level 4/5 courses in Social & Health Care, Early Education & Childcare, Sport, Business Professions, and Social Sciences.
“To advance my career I had the choice of a PDA or to go down the degree route and I knew from the outset that my learning style was better suited to the PDA option.”
“I think College is an excellent next step as although you have moved on from school and enjoy learning in an adult environment, the class sizes are still small so you really get to know your fellow students. I just felt so much better prepared for Uni having been at College. I don’t know if I would have stuck it out if I’d gone there straight from school to be honest as it is quite a big jump. My NESCol experience undoubtedly gave me the confidence to manage the demands of the degree.”
“I’ve gained invaluable on-the-job experience and it’s helped me boost my confidence in my day to day job”
“An apprenticeship gave me the chance to prove to myself that I can do better.”
“I started out as the lunch lady at one nursery and now I am the Manager of Peek-a-Boo nursery. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship – I would do it again.”
“I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship to others as it’s helped me gain a lot of knowledge across the warehouse and company as a whole.”
“If you are thinking about becoming an apprentice at an older age, allow yourself to achieve it.”
“The course, students and staff combined made for such a brilliant experience. The facilities at NESCol are excellent and being able to develop your skills in a real life salon environment with clients is invaluable. I can’t recommend College enough – regardless of the industry you want to go into it is a positive, inspiring environment to study in and can open the door to so many career opportunities.“
“I’m a huge champion of the College and the value of practical courses they offer. My time there undoubtedly contributed to the career I have today and there is a large alumni of talented creatives working in agencies and freelance both locally, nationally and indeed globally who started out from NESCol.”
“I found studying at Fraserburgh campus very enjoyable, the staff motivated me to work hard and there were always plenty of opportunities to expand my learning and knowledge. When I first left school I had no confidence and doubted my abilities, NESCol changed that. “
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