School Links: Welcome

Welcome to the School Links College Programme. This page will tell you all you need to know before you get started.

Getting started

Welcome to the School Links College Programme. By now, you should have received your offer letter from your school.


The letter has your Student ID number (8 digit number) on it. Your student number is used to complete enrolment onto your chosen School Links course. If you haven’t already done so please complete this enrolment form.

Once you have enrolled on a School Links course you will gain access to online College systems such as Blackboard and Office 365. Please visit our Easy Guides to NESCol IT & Systems for more information.

Accessing Blackboard

Blackboard is the Virtual Learning Environment system used in the College, where you can find useful information and access your courses online.

Blackboard will be the main platform your lecturers will use to make resources available to you for coursework, assessments and feedback.

Please see our Blackboard guide for help logging on to Blackboard.

Code of Commitment

Included in your offer letter was the link to the ‘Code of Commitment’ form to be completed by all pupils joining us on the School Links Programme. If you have not already done so, please complete the Code of Commitment form.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Do you have PPE for your course? Find out which courses require PPE.

School Links Guide

Our School Links Guide is packed full of useful information about student life at NESCol.


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