Supported Programmes

Your future starts here.


If you need or have needed support for your learning in the past, our range of Supported Programmes at NESCol will get you started at College. Building confidence, consolidating core skills and learning new skills in a nurturing and welcoming environment are all at the heart of these programmes.

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Estimated hospitality vacancies in Scotland¹

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If you feel like your anxiety is really bad or if you have a disability, don’t let that bring you down. If you don’t try, you’ll never know! I might be deaf, but because you’ve got disabilities it doesn’t make you different to anybody else.”

Ross Henderson

Ross left school to take part in our DFN Project Search programme and now has a Modern Apprenticeship with ScotRail.

Career opportunities

Our friendly and supportive staff are experienced in delivering a diverse and relevant curriculum to suit a range of needs. We offer courses at different levels,  including general education and employability courses for school leavers and adult returners to education. We also have vocationally specific courses in key service industries. Sectors include:

  • Food and Drink
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Retail


Of Scotland's workforce is employed in retail²

Where you can study

Dedicated, enthusiastic and industry experienced teaching staff guide students through their chosen course. Comprehensive online resources, engaging classroom sessions and innovative practical experiences are used to provide a springboard to future careers. Our nurturing learning environment and supportive approach aims to get the best out of every individual and ensure NESCol students fulfil their potential in employment and life.

Supported Programmes in Aberdeen

  • 4,500+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 4 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

Our Aberdeen City Campus is situated in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

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Supported Programmes in Fraserburgh

  • 950+ students
  • Fitness Suite
  • 2 Cafés
  • Quiet & social areas

The bright and modern Fraserburgh Campus provides a fantastic environment for NESCol students, staff and visitors.

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What our students think

In autumn 2023, more than 5,000 full-time students responded to our First Impressions Survey (88% of those eligible) and we are delighted to share some of the feedback we received.

98% Of full-time students believe they are treated fairly
"NESCol is a fair, kind, welcoming environment, with friendly and supportive staff. I love coming here."
97% Of full-time students are satisfied with their course
"NESCol helped me gain my confidence again after a huge gap in my studies."
96% Of full-time students enjoyed attending College

Student stories

Don’t take our word for it!

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Get in touch

Our student advisers can help with any application enquiries.

Contact the team directly by calling 01224 612330, dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, or by emailing Student advisors are also available on LiveChat when the chat icon appears at the bottom of our website.

¹ Source: UK Hospitality Scotland
² Source: Scottish Government