Virtual Open Day – March 2021

Missed our Virtual Open Day?

Don’t worry – you can still access all of the information that was available during the event on this page.

Are you ready to Start your Story at North East Scotland College?

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What's on this page

Our student advisors are available to answer your questions about college whenever you see the purple chat icon at the bottom of the page.

Watch a recording of our live Question and Answer panel!

Version 2 of our digital 2021/22 prospectus has been launched – with everything you need to know about joining a full-time course at NESCol in summer 2021.

Click or tap on the icon below to view it on your device.

Visit our Focus On Part-time page to see what’s on offer.

Take a look inside our campuses

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How to apply

You can apply for a place through the course pages on our website.

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To apply for a place, find the right course for you and then click on ‘Online Applications’ at the bottom of the page.

Need help?

If you get stuck with the application form, we can help.  Our advisors run weekly workshops.

Funding and support

We have friendly advisors to give you information on funding your studies and support available to students.

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Highers, National Qualifications & Units

Highers, National Qualifications & Units

Social Sciences & Humanities

Social Sciences

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Student Stories

We’re proud of the inspirational stories of our students and their experiences of life at NESCol. Learn more about the way College has helped build confidence, open doors to new opportunities and provide a pathway to exciting futures by watching our video case studies.

From care and computing to social sciences and beauty therapy, we’ve got it covered!

Find out more about the engaging, supportive and friendly atmosphere as well as the wide range of courses, qualifications and progression routes available across our Altens, City and Fraserburgh campuses.

Jo Reynolds

Jo Reynolds

Art, Design & Photography

HND Photography

“The lecturers have got such diverse photography experience and they love sharing their own experience and work they’ve done… We really get a chance to sample all aspects of photography at NESCol. I also really like the facilities. The college has got their own studios, they’ve got so much different equipment, and they’ve got a dark room. So I get to experience all those things without buying the equipment.”

Read more about Jo's story
Lyn Taylor

Lyn Taylor

Sport, Fitness & Uniformed Services

Level 3 Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

NC Applied Science

“College has given me confidence to try challenging things out of my comfort zone. It’s better to try something and reach your full potential. I wouldn’t have considered working with children before or had the confidence to look at university degrees to consider applying for in the future. College has made me truly happy about my future and optimistic I can succeed and achieve things even at my age.”

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Jekaterina Rucina

Jekaterina Rucina

English & Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

“NESCol is a huge family and everyone is there to help you – there’s a solution to any problem and answers to all of your questions. When I started I thought it would be simple because I knew some English and speak Latvian, Russian as well as German in the past – but it wasn’t easy! ESOL gave me self-confidence because I could express my thoughts more clearly. It was a great start and gave me a push to go on and study further and go on to university and follow my passion for law, which I hadn’t planned when I started at College.”

Read more about Jekaterina's story
Julie Ingram

Julie Ingram

Hair, Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Body & Spa Therapies (VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Body & Spa Techniques)

“I think my story shows the diversity a career in Beauty Therapy can offer. Not only can it allow you to travel, work anywhere in the world, but also give you the choice to work in an established salon or set up your own business and become your own boss. The opportunities are endless. It’s such a fun, rewarding career and the job satisfaction from making your client feel better about themselves is priceless. “

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Diane Shearer

Diane Shearer

Art, Design & Photography

HND Fashion & Textiles

“I was so nervous about starting College and felt uncertain about my abilities but NESCol completely changed that. I loved the course, learned so much from my lecturers and it gave me a new found confidence. It’s not easy at times being a busy Mum and juggling study but I have proven I can do it. When I started at NESCol I would never have believed I’d end up studying at a prestigious art school and firmly believe that my time at College has given me an advantage in coping with the demands of a degree. I’d say to any parents out there who feel they want a second chance at education to go for it and grab the opportunity with both hands, it really can change your life. “


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An engaging and rewarding College experience

What will 2021/22 look like at NESCol, given the challenges Coronavirus has presented to schools, Colleges and universities this year?

We may not know exactly how the next College year will run – but we do know that an engaging, exciting experience awaits for students signing up to start next summer.

At NESCol we follow the latest Scottish Government guidance in relation to Coronavirus, ensuring the College community is protected. The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our number one priority.

This year things have been a little different for students. We operated a blended approach prior to Christmas, with some access to campus for practical sessions alongside online classes, and moved to remote learning between January and March as restrictions were increased across Scotland.

From 15 March 2021 students began to return to our campuses on a managed basis to resume some practical lessons and we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to increase access in the weeks and months ahead as we build towards what promises to be an exciting College year in 2021/22.

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