English & Languages

Your future starts here.


The English for Speakers of Other Languages courses offered at NESCol have been specifically designed by professionals to help you meet your full potential by building the confidence needed for using the English language in everyday life in Scotland. Studying ESOL can help with progression to further study or employment.

View all full-time English & other language courses


As well as a host of full-time courses, we also offer part-time courses in English & other languages where you can study at a location near you with daytime, evening and weekend options.

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Of people living in Aberdeen speak a language other than English at home¹

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ESOL gave me self-confidence because I could express my thoughts more clearly. It was a great start and gave me a push to go on and study further and go on to university and follow my passion for law, which I hadn’t planned when I started at College.”

Jekaterina Rucina

Jekaterina studied English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), before progressing into NCGA Business followed by HND Legal Services at NESCol. Jekaterina then studied a Law and Management degree at RGU and now has a career in legal services.

Where you can study

Dedicated, enthusiastic and industry experienced teaching staff guide students through their chosen course. Comprehensive online resources, engaging classroom sessions and innovative practical experiences are used to provide a springboard to future careers. Our nurturing learning environment and supportive approach aims to get the best out of every individual and ensure NESCol students fulfil their potential in employment and life.

Study English 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 English 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

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 studentadvice@nescol.ac.uk. Student advisors are also available on LiveChat when the chat icon appears at the bottom of our website.

¹ Source: Scotland’s Census