University Links

North East Scotland College has a number of associate universities

Going to University

North East Scotland College has a number of associate universities, and you will find that every HND course offers formal articulation arrangements. Our associate universities are as follows:



Degree link courses


associate universities

Degree Link

North East Scotland College has joined forces with Robert Gordon University, working together to make your transition from college to university as easy as possible. The main advantage of this partnership is that it allows students to take their first step into further education amidst a reassuring college setting, with a view to progressing to university later on. So, if you have been thinking about eventually studying at university then our Degree Link programme can help you to do just that!


Applying to University

If your plan is to progress to university after successfully completing your course, there are a few important points to consider. Here we will guide you through the different steps necessary in applying and securing your place at university.

While many of our advanced courses have direct articulation links in place with selected universities, most universities will consider applications from NESCol Routes to Higher/HNC/HND students – even if formal articulation agreements aren’t in place. Please note that university applications are administered by UCAS. The closing date for most applications is 15th January of the year you intend to start.

Visit the UCAS website to find out about exceptions

Choosing a University

Before making decisions, about courses or institutions, it is vital to do your research to ensure that you are making informed choices.

Firstly, we would strongly recommend that you visit the university you are applying for. Open Days are an invaluable opportunity to do this. This way you can get a feel for life on campus and decide if it’s the right place for you! There will be lots of opportunity to visit during open days and campus tours, so it’s worth checking the website of the university you are interested in for upcoming dates and times.

The Open Days website provides valuable information on upcoming open days across the country, and other useful information on Higher Education is often available on the Student Support section on Blackboard.

UCAS Applications

UCAS are the organisation responsible for all university applications across the UK. Your Application to university must go through them. During your studies our Information & Advice team will offer the opportunity to attend UCAS Workshops and offer advice, guidance and feedback on UCAS Personal Statements.

Find out more about completing your UCAS application

Personal Statement Advice

A personal statement is a piece of writing which is normally submitted when applying for Further or Higher Education. It may sometimes be requested when applying for employment, too.

The idea of a personal statement is that it supports your application for entry to College or university, or supports your application for a job. It is a vital component of many application processes, so it’s essential that you spend a lot of time working on it to ensure you get it right.

  • Be succinct
  • Be clear and support your statements
  • Be specific
  • Adhere to any word limits
  • Avoid any negative language or remarks
  • Carefully check over your spelling and grammar
  • Find out more about the application process and writing your personal statement.