Schools-College Courses

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.

Schools-College Courses at NESCol

North East Scotland College offers a wide range of courses at a variety of levels to pupils in S4 to S6 across Aberdeen City and Shire. These courses give you the opportunity to experience life as a College student whilst staying on at school, and can help you make more informed decisions regarding your future pathways into education or employment. Many courses are delivered on one of our College campuses, but some will be delivered within a local school.

Why Choose a Schools-College Course?

The Schools-College course offer gives you the opportunity to achieve national qualifications that are valued by employers whilst continuing to study school based learning. 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.

They offer an opportunity to develop transferable skills for employment and further study, learning in an environment different to school.  Even if you decide not to follow the career path related to the Schools-College course you chose, you will have a qualification and transferable skills valued by employers. If you do decide to follow that career path, you will be a step ahead with industry relevant knowledge and you’ll be ready to progress to further studies having become familiar with College life and study styles.


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, you can choose to study part-time Schools-College 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, National 5s,  Foundation Apprenticeships, and more.

Options include:

  • Study part-time with us whilst staying on at school through our Schools-College 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.



Information for Parents

If your child is applying to take a Schools-College 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 Schools-College 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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For more information on Schools-College activity across Aberdeen City and Shire, please contact:

Telephone 01224 612393

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