Important information for starting your studies at North East Scotland College.

Welcome to North East Scotland College

We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students this September. Things will work a little differently this semester, so we wanted to let you know about some of the changes that have been put in place to make sure your NESCol experience is as safe, as streamlined, and as enjoyable as possible.

On this page you’ll find information on how blended learning will work, and the safety procedures in place in all of our Campuses and Centres.

You’ll also find lots of useful resources to help you when it comes to starting your course in

First day on campus?

Starting your studies: what to expect

Blended Learning

This semester we are following Scottish Government guidelines and will be operating a blended learning approach for our students.

What this means is that many classes will be delivered online. For those students whose courses require practical, hands-on learning, or students with specific support needs, access to Campus will be timetabled.

You will be informed directly about arrangements for your course and timetables will be available from 31 August on our student Intranet, My NESCol.

Whether you are studying from home, on-site, or are timetabled for a mixture of both, please be assured that NESCol has plans in place to ensure all students will have a rewarding learning experience.


This year our inductions for full time students will take place online with a series of short videos and presentations to give you all the information you need to get started at NESCol.

Induction Booklet

The induction booklet outlines things you need to know before you start studying. If there’s anything you want to know that you can’t find in this booklet, you’ll find out about it at your induction session.

IT & Digital Technology Support

We have an excellent suite of digital learning resources, and we are here to support any students who need assistance with this, or who need access to technology that will help them learn online.

On-Campus Safety

The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is the priority for NESCol.

We have put important measures in place across our campuses and centres to ensure the College is a safe space, including:

  • One way routes, or two-lane systems in corridors, which will be clearly marked for you to follow. You can also view our campus maps to see the new route layout.
  • Social distancing arrangements throughout the College
  • Encouraging the wearing of masks in communal areas.
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout our Campuses and Centres
  • Increased cleaning, particularly in public areas and toilets.

You can find out more about all these measures, plus everything else in place to ensure the safety and comfort of students, staff and visitors, in our Return to Campus document.


You can help us to protect fellow students as well as staff, visitors and the wider community by following the national FACTS guidance:

  • Face coverings
    • Please wear face coverings in public areas
  • Avoid crowded places
    • Follow the one-way systems and don’t gather in groups
  • Clean your hands regularly
    • Facilities are provided throughout the College
  • Two metre distance
    • Markings are in place to help maintain distancing
  • Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms
    • If this applies to you, please do not enter College facilities.

View our FACTS info sheet

Campus Maps

Aberdeen Altens Campus

Fraserburgh Campus

Student Support

This semester the Student Advice & Support Team are also offering virtual drop in sessions and a virtual cafe, for students who need support, advice or just a chat. More information is available on My NESCol.

The Student Advice and Support Team are available to help prospective students, applicants and enrolled students with a variety of different topics, including:

  • Alternative assessment arrangements
  • In-class support
  • Support needs assessments
  • Pre-entry and pre-exit guidance
  • Resilience and wellbeing
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
  • Money management
  • UCAS and university progression

You will find out more about all the services offered to students at your online induction. If you are an applicant or are considering applying for a course at NESCol, you can find out more on our Student Support page.

You can also find resources to help you get started with your studies on our Ready Steady Study page.

Book a Student Advice & Support Appointment

At Aberdeen Altens Campus

At Aberdeen City Campus

At Fraserburgh Campus