As one of the largest providers of vocational education and training in Scotland, NESCol is committed to being at the heart of positive change across all of the communities it serves.
The College operates from its main Aberdeen City, Aberdeen Altens and Fraserburgh campuses as well as the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead and learning centres in Ellon and Inverurie.
Through the ASET International Energy Training Academy, a wholly owned subsidiary of NESCol, the college also serves global clients with a comprehensive range of training and development services.
The College invests heavily in ensuring industry standard facilities across its campuses and in staff and the curriculum they deliver.
That curriculum is diverse and constantly evolving. NESCol works closely with industry partners to ensure the skills required in the jobs market are reflected in the courses offered and in the knowledge and experience built by students.
The College is a driving force in the evolution of traditional industries as well as fundamental to supporting new and emerging sectors. This includes NESCol’s role in ensuring a workforce equipped to embrace the opportunities presented by energy transition and other key growth areas for the regional economy.
More than 6,000 full-time students enroll each session. Through part-time, distance learning, school-college partnerships and our role in the apprenticeship family NESCol typically serves around 20,000 students every year.
The College is proud of its links with the city’s two universities, and work particularly closely with Robert Gordon University to ensure articulation pathways in a range of sectors. That partnership is an exemplar in Scotland and continues to grow and develop.
NESCol has a diverse study body as the destination for around a third of all pupils leaving school in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as well as catering for those already in employment and focused on upskilling or retraining as well as many who are returning to education.
About the Area
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are areas of exceptional beauty, culture and heritage. Whether you’re enjoying the unspoilt countryside and dramatic coastlines or busying yourself amidst the various shops, restaurants, museums or galleries in Aberdeen City Centre, there’s something to suit everyone. The region is widely renowned all over the world due in large part to its North Sea Oil and Gas industries alongside its long and successful maritime and agricultural heritage. The College also supports Aberdeen City Council’s commitment to position Aberdeen as a climate positive city helping to lead the world on the rapid shift to a net zero future.
Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland, home to over 250,000 people. You may often hear it referred to as the Granite City because of the ancient and imposing granite architecture which very much defines it, acting as the perfect backdrop to such a strikingly vibrant city with its horticulture and green spaces earning it “Best City” in this year’s Beautiful Scotland Awards. Aberdeen is also globally connected, with excellent air, sea, rail and road links. There is also the beautiful, sandy beach which acts as the city’s coastline and proves very popular with water sports enthusiasts and walkers.
Aberdeenshire is home to a beautiful combination of rugged coastlines, towering mountains and rolling fields and farmland. The towns and villages scattered across the area are quaint and charming, each with their own distinct attraction. For those who want to explore the history and culture of the land, there’s plenty to do. Aberdeenshire is home to over 300 castles – that’s more per acre than anywhere else in the UK! You will also find countless whisky distilleries, farmers markets, parks and gardens, as well as stunning woodland walks. If outdoor pursuits take your fancy, Aberdeenshire boasts fantastic areas for hill walking, skiing and various water sports.
The College’s Strategic Plan 2021-23 and supporting strategies, can be accessed here.
Information about modes of study can be found here.
The full course offering is available here.
More about our campuses can be found here.