Start Your Story!

Turn a new page in 2021 and start your story with NESCol

Whether you are starting a new story, or are starting a new chapter, North East Scotland College is here to help you succeed.

On this page, you can browse our courses, hear the stories of real NESCol students, find out more about our facilities, get guidance on applications, funding and travel, and watch a Q&A session designed to give a flavour of College life.

You can also use our LiveChat feature to get in touch with out student support teams, or use the email form at the bottom of the page to get in touch with our teaching teams.

Whether considering next steps after school, preparing to learn additional skills, embarking on a career change or simply looking to try something different – there has never been a better time to Start Your Story at NESCol.

2021-2022 Prospectus

Our 2021-2022 prospectus is online now

Applications are open

Apply now for a full time course starting in 2021

Need help?

Live chat with our Student Advice Centre team. Click on the LiveChat icon at the bottom right of this page.

Application Workshop

Every Wednesday from 10am-12pm.

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Highers, National Qualifications & Units

Highers, National Qualifications & Units

Social Sciences & Humanities

Social Sciences

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Student Stories

We’re proud of the inspirational stories of our students and their experiences of life at NESCol. Learn more about the way College has helped build confidence, open doors to new opportunities and provide a pathway to exciting futures by watching our video case studies.

From care and computing to social sciences and beauty therapy, we’ve got it covered!

Find out more about the engaging, supportive and friendly atmosphere as well as the wide range of courses, qualifications and progression routes available across our Altens, City and Fraserburgh campuses.

Lyn Taylor

Lyn Taylor

Sport, Fitness & Uniformed Services

Level 3 Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

NC Applied Science

“College has given me confidence to try challenging things out of my comfort zone. It’s better to try something and reach your full potential. I wouldn’t have considered working with children before or had the confidence to look at university degrees to consider applying for in the future. College has made me truly happy about my future and optimistic I can succeed and achieve things even at my age.”

Read more about Lyn's story
Julie Ingram

Julie Ingram

Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Body & Spa Therapies (VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Body & Spa Techniques)

“I think my story shows the diversity a career in Beauty Therapy can offer. Not only can it allow you to travel, work anywhere in the world, but also give you the choice to work in an established salon or set up your own business and become your own boss. The opportunities are endless. It’s such a fun, rewarding career and the job satisfaction from making your client feel better about themselves is priceless. “

Read more about Julie's story
Diane Shearer

Diane Shearer

Art, Design & Photography

HND Fashion & Textiles

“I was so nervous about starting College and felt uncertain about my abilities but NESCol completely changed that. I loved the course, learned so much from my lecturers and it gave me a new found confidence. It’s not easy at times being a busy Mum and juggling study but I have proven I can do it. When I started at NESCol I would never have believed I’d end up studying at a prestigious art school and firmly believe that my time at College has given me an advantage in coping with the demands of a degree. I’d say to any parents out there who feel they want a second chance at education to go for it and grab the opportunity with both hands, it really can change your life. “


Read more about Diane's story

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Student Support

Part Time & Distance Learning

Q&A Session Recording

Watch our Q&A session from our Open Day

Hear from a curriculum, support, and student representative about what it’s like to study at NESCol.

An engaging and rewarding College experience

What will 2021/22 look like at NESCol, given the challenges Coronavirus has presented to schools, Colleges and universities this year?

We may not know exactly how the next College year will run – but we do know that an engaging, exciting experience awaits for students signing up to start next summer.

At NESCol we follow the latest Scottish Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus, ensuring the College community is protected. The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our number one priority.

This year things have been a little different for students – take a look at our video explaining how the College has adapted to the current circumstances.

Find out more about the current College year at:…/getting-started-at…/welcome/


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