NESCol rolls out the welcome mat for winter open day

November 3, 2023

North East Scotland College is issuing an open invitation as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The Winter Open Day on 2 December at NESCol’s City, Altens and Fraserburgh campuses will double as an opportunity for former students and staff to revisit familiar surroundings.

The main aim of the event is to provide prospective students with the chance to explore facilities, meet with teaching staff and discover the array of subjects on offer for full-time courses starting in summer 2024. Applications will open on 1 December.

A ‘doors open’ element will also offer alumni and community members the chance to sample facilities – with inspirational creative spaces sitting side by side with the buzz of professional kitchens and hair and beauty salons, the energy of construction and engineering workshops, study and social areas and much more in between.

The College marked its special birthday on 1 November, a decade since the College was established through the merger of Aberdeen College and Banff and Buchan College.

Principal and Chief Executive Neil Cowie said: “Open days are always an excellent opportunity to showcase NESCol to a new audience and we’re looking forward to welcoming prospective students as they prepare for exciting next steps. Thousands will join us in the summer and this is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the College experience as well as to find out more about the courses available as well as the support on offer to students.

“The Open Day isn’t only about the next generation of NESCol students. As part of the 10th anniversary, we would love to see former students and staff back on campus to retrace their steps and meet with staff. We have a very loyal staff group and a large number of colleagues who were here for the birth of NESCol remain at the College. It is always very rewarding to meet with former students and to find out what paths they have followed.”

Visitors will be welcomed to the Altens, City and Fraserburgh campuses on Saturday (2 December) from 10am to 2pm.

The open day will provide a chance to view the College’s facilities and speak to subject specialists not only about a range of full-time courses but also part-time and distance learning options.

Prospective students will be able to gain support and advice to help secure their place. For those keen to start their College journey earlier, a range of February start full-time courses are also available.

Neil Cowie added: “NESCol provides a gateway to exciting new careers. Courses allow progression to employment with a recognised qualification, relevant skills and experience.  Our close relationship with employers in the region ensures our curriculum is developed to provide the knowledge and skills required by industry.

“Studying at college can also provide a direct route to university and hundreds of our students make the transition to degree courses each year. Articulation arrangements with RGU, the University of Aberdeen and universities across Scotland mean students can progress to year two or year three of university on successful completion of an HNC or HND.

“Whatever path you intend to follow, our Open Day represents the first step for so many of our students.”

For further information and to register click here.

For those keen on a career at sea, the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead will host an Open Day on 25 November. For further information visit the SMA event page.