Your Future Starts Here

We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of new starts and returning students to our campuses this summer. Whether you’re getting ready to leave school or returning to education to retrain or upskill, Your Future Starts Here at NESCol!


Choose the direction that's right for you

As one of Scotland’s largest providers of vocational education, the College provides every student with the opportunity to start on a course matched to ability and experience.

We know everyone’s circumstances are different and flexibility is more important than ever.

Most full-time courses require you to be in class for 18-hours per week — leaving plenty of scope to study, work, and enjoy your own free time.

View all full-time courses with places still available


As well as a host of full-time courses, we also offer part-time and distance learning options where you can study at a location near you or choose to study online.

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Full-time courses on offer


Exciting subject areas to choose from

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I’m so glad that I came to NESCol because it really has been a life changing experience. I think Social Sciences is a great place to be if you’re curious about the world or if there’s something that really frustrates you about the system and you’d really like to see it change.”

Kirsten Koss

Kirsten worked in hospitality for a number of years before returning to education by studying Highers at NESCol followed by HND Social Sciences. She then progressed into the second year of an  MA in History and Politics at the University of Aberdeen.

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Our campuses

Begin a journey of discovery

Behind the doors at our vibrant campuses there’s a whole new world waiting to be explored.

Inspirational creative spaces sit side by side with the buzz of professional kitchens and hair and beauty salons, the energy of construction and engineering workshops, study and social areas and much more in between.

Study at Altens Campus

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

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Study at City Campus

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

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Study at Fraserburgh Campus

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

More on Fraserburgh Campus

Study at the Scottish Maritime Academy

  • 40 years of maritime training experience
  • 250 metres proximity to port

More on the Scottish Maritime Academy


Follow routes to employment

NESCol provides a gateway to exciting new careers and we are here to support our students every step of the way.

Courses allow progression to employment with a recognised qualification, relevant skills and experience.

Our close relationship with employers in the region ensures our curriculum is developed to provide the knowledge and skills required by industry.

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Of Scottish college students progress to positive destinations¹

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I wanted the opportunity to change direction and that’s why I decided to go back to College. I’m a bit older than most of the other students in the class and I’ve had to balance family life with college work and working part-time but I managed.”

Leam Antonio

Leam worked in the construction industry, then successfully completed Diploma in Automotive Maintenance & Repair Principles (Level 1) at NESCol and is now considering his options in self-employment and further study.

Find out what our students think about studying at NESCol

Join pathways to university

Studying at college can provide a direct route to university and hundreds of our students make the transition to degree courses each year.

Articulation arrangements with RGU, the University of Aberdeen and universities across Scotland mean students can progress to year two or year three of university on successful completion of an HNC or HND.

Pathways to university


Of Scottish college students go on to study at university²

¹ Source: Scottish Funding Council
² Source: Scottish Funding Council