Laurence Mclenan


Applied Science (NC SCQF Level 5)

“One of my highlights so far has been getting the chance to become an Executive Officer with the Students’ Association.”

18-year-old Laurence Mclenan joined us at NESCol before he even left school! Laurence took advantage of the College’s Schools-College courses, securing qualifications in engineering and construction whilst he was still a pupil at Northfield Academy.

Four years later and Laurence is studying Applied Science with the aim of becoming a paramedic.

Reflecting on his college experience, he said: “I enjoy the wide variety of skills the Applied Science course has given me, and the different opportunities NESCol offers, including table tennis and other activities.

“The facilities at NESCol are amazing, especially with the recent addition of the student kitchens. The teaching and support staff are also always willing to help students, regardless of the task!”

Close-up of Laurence Mclenan wearing safety goggles and holding a beaker of red liquid in a science lab

Laurence has made the most of college life, including getting involved with the Students’ Association. He works tirelessly to ensure students have the best experience and education during their time at NESCol.

“Becoming Executive Officer with the Students’ Association is definitely one of my highlights of college so far. Growing up, I was never a Class Representative at academy, but it was always something I wanted to do.

“When I was offered a role within the Students’ Association, I knew I had to take it. I was a Class Representative for 2022/23 and am now Executive Officer for the Aberdeen Altens Campus, where I help run events and projects. I also sit as a Student Representative on the Regional Board.”

The hard work doesn’t stop outside of college, as Laurence is also part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC).

He said: “I joined the RAFAC in 2018 as I wanted to learn a new set of skills, as well as doing something I enjoyed.

“The RAFAC has taught me leadership, first aid, radio and communication skills and time-management. It has also given me a massive boost of confidence which has helped me with my roles in the Students’ Association.”

What does the future hold for Laurence?

He said: “My plan is to continue studying at NESCol and building on my science knowledge and skills. I then hope to study for a degree in Paramedic Practice at RGU, and one day, become a fully qualified paramedic.”