HND Applied Sciences
“The lecturers have been great – they are really approachable if you’re stuck with anything or want to ask questions. They have a wide range of industry experience and are very willing to share this with their students.”
When he left school, Drew Burness (27) successfully applied for a gardening apprenticeship with his local council. After a few years in the role, he decided that he wanted to do something different and looked into returning to full-time education.
Having always been interested in how things work, Drew looked into studying Applied Science at college. Despite living in Montrose, he felt that North East Scotland College in Aberdeen was the best option for him. He said, “I was attracted to NESCol because of its strong links with universities that lead to a wide range of options post-college.”
After spending four years at NESCol working his way up from NC Level 5 to HND level, Drew looks back on his studies as a very positive experience. He said, “I’ve really enjoyed everything about being a student at NESCol. The lecturers have been great – they are really approachable if you’re stuck with anything or want to ask questions. They have a wide range of industry experience and are very willing to share this with their students.”
After successfully completing his HND Drew took on a job as a Lab Analyst with Baird’s Malt in Arbroath. There he, with a team of others, analyses malt samples to ensure they meet European and International standards for being turned into whisky and beer.
He said, “I really enjoy my job. At College, the lecturers have really high standards for the students. They encourage you to think for yourself, which has really helped in my work. At College you learn how to use your own initiative and problem solving skills, and that puts you in a really good mindset for going into employment.”