School Links

North East Scotland College can offer a wide range of courses at a variety of levels to pupils in S4 to S6 across Aberdeen City and Shire.

Studying on a School Links course or Foundation Apprenticeship this year?

View our welcome page for everything you need to know before you get started.

School Links Courses at NESCol

North East Scotland College can offer a wide range of courses at a variety of levels to pupils in S4 to S6 across Aberdeen City and Shire. This gives you the opportunity to experience life as a College student whilst staying on at school, and make more informed decisions regarding your future educational and professional paths. Many courses are delivered within College premises, but some will be delivered within a local school.

Why School Links Courses?

The College’s School Links Programme gives you the opportunity to achieve national qualifications that are valued by employers whilst continuing to study school based courses. Through participation in any of the courses offered through this programme you will develop essential skills for employment and be better prepared for the career pathway of your choice. Courses are completed within the Academic Year whilst you are still at school, and are available across a wide range of interesting and exciting subject areas.



If you are still looking to put in a late application for AY20-21, please use the ‘Maritime’ course, and e-mail with your pupils details and the actual course they wish to apply, and we will be in touch.

Information for School Pupils

If you don’t feel ready to leave school yet, don’t worry, you can get the best of both worlds! Did you know that as a school pupil in the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence, you can choose to study part-time School College Links course at College and stay on at school for another year?

North East Scotland College has teamed up with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to ensure that you can access a wide range of part-time College courses as part of your school timetable. These courses include City & Guilds Awards, National Certificates, Skills for Work Awards and Highers.

Options include:

  • Study part-time with us whilst staying on at school through our School College Links Programme;
  • Apply for a full-time course of your choice (or if you are a ‘winter school leaver’ apply for Exceptional Entry to a course of your choice);
  • Come along to a College Experience taster;
  • Enrol on a Foundation Apprenticeship programme.


View our School Links Course Guide for Academic Year 2020-2021

View our latest NE Scene Magazine Issue 9 – 2019 created by some of our talented Foundation Apprenticeship students!

Information for Parents

If your child is applying to take a School Links Programme course whilst continuing at school, it is important that they are supported by you in fully engaging with the course.

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Information for Guidance Teachers

If you are supporting a young person applying for a School College Links course, it is important to ensure they are aware of the commitment they will be expected to make to the course, and that they are fully supported in the application process.

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Designed as a blend of college, school and work–based learning they give young people hands–on learning and practical experience in the world of work.

Learn more about Foundation Apprenticeships