Applying for a course is a straight-forward process, but if you should need any advice regarding your application we have a dedicated Information & Booking Centre team in place who will be happy to help.
Please see below for the different application options available to you.
Applying for a place on a full-time course at North East Scotland College couldn’t be easier! You can apply online or by submitting a completed Application Form, and can apply for a course with us at the same time as applying to other colleges or universities.
Before you submit your application, it’s important to find out as much as you can about the course that interests you - is it really what you want to do, or might another course be more suitable?
For help and advice, we have a dedicated Student Services team in place to help guide and advise prospective, current and former students on a range of issues. To arrange an appointment or to speak to a Student Adviser, contact:
We want you to be successful in achieving your qualification, so it’s very important to consider which level of study is most applicable to you: Introductory, Non-advanced or Advanced.
When you’ve made your decision you can apply online or by post, using a paper application. For most courses a first come, first served approach is adopted in offering places to those with the necessary entry requirements, so apply for your course early to increase your chances of securing a place! For some courses a formal selection process is used to identify those most suited to the course, and to place them at the right level of study.
We encourage online applications. To start the process, select the Apply Online button against the location that best suits you of your chosen course.
To apply for a course by post, simply complete the application form available in our Full-time Prospectus. You should then send your application to the address noted on the form. Please ensure that you list all of your qualifications and any additional information you feel is relevant to your application.
If you have any questions or queries, or want to discuss your application, please contact the Information & Booking Centre.
Part-time courses can be booked for yourself, or through your employer. You also have the choice of applying online, or using a paper application form.
To book a place on a part-time course for yourself, you can book online or by submitting a completed Booking Form.
To start the process, select the Book Online button against the most appropriate date and time of your chosen course.
To book a course by post, simply complete our paper booking form available in our Part-time Course Guide. You should then send your application to the address noted on the form. Alternatively, call into one our campuses/centres to book:
- Aberdeen City Campus
- Ellon Learning Centre
- Fraserburgh Campus
- Inverurie Learning Centre
- Macduff Learning Centre
Alternatively you can use the Payment Hotline on 01224 612330 (selecting option 3) to make your booking. If using this option, please note that payment is taken by Credit/Debit Card (VISA, MasterCard, Delta or Switch).
For information and guidance about your choice of course, please contact the Information & Booking Centre.
If booking a place on a course for an employee, you can choose to book online or online or by submitting a completed Employer Booking Form (EBF).
To start the process, select the Book Online button against the most appropriate date and time of your chosen course. Then, select to book ‘For your employee(s)’ – this will then take you through to either sign in as an employer, or register for an employer account.
Employers wishing to book employees on to a part-time course by post should print, complete and sign the Employer Booking Form (EBF). You should then send the booking form to the address noted on the form. If speaking with an adviser or contacting the College, please request ‘FORM EBF’.
All employer bookings are subject to a credit check. Course fees will be invoiced in full at the time of booking. If the company fails the credit check, all fees must be paid prior to the booking being processed.
Please Note: The College reserves the right to amend fees/prices chargeable without prior notice. If in doubt, confirm course fees at the time of booking. All courses are offered subject to there being sufficient numbers and resources. The College reserves the right NOT to run courses where numbers are insufficient.
Registering an interest
We want to offer classes at a place and at a time to suit you. If a course is not offered at a location or a time that suits you, then you can register an interest. To register an interest in a particular course, select Register an Interest (within the availability information) on your chosen course. You will then be asked a few questions on your preferences. Please note that only some courses are eligible for registering an interest.
When a class becomes available that matches your preferences, we will let you know so that you can then book a place!
Distance Learning Courses
For detailed information on how to book your Distance Learning course, please go to the ‘Book’ section within the webpage of the course you are interested in.
Please note that for any Distance Learning course we require a hard copy of the application form and an original signature. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept scanned copies.
What happens next?
Waiting to hear whether your application has been successful or not can be a nerve-wracking time for anyone! See below for more information on what to expect after submitting your application.
If you have applied online then you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you haven’t received an email then please ensure to check your junk mail box just in case, or contact Information & Booking Centre.
If we are able to book you on to your course, you will receive a booking confirmation via post. We will contact you directly if we are unable to process your course booking for any reason.
How long does the application process take?
The application process normally takes six to eight weeks (although at peak times it can take longer). After that you will be notified by post as to whether or not your application was successful. If you are offered a place it’s important to accept your offer - your offer letter will tell you how to do this.
Some courses are in very high demand, so you may not be offered a place on your first choice of course. In the unfortunate circumstance that we are unable to offer you a place, you will be put on a waiting list and we’ll keep in touch. There are always people who change their mind and places can become available throughout the summer, even on high demand courses.
What if I change my mind?
Don’t worry! If you change your mind and want to apply for a different course, or withdraw your application altogether, please contact the Information & Booking Centre. If you are changing courses we will transfer the application for you – there is no need to submit another form.
If you have booked online then you will receive an email confirming receipt of your booking. If you haven't received an email then please ensure that you check your junk mail box just in case, or contact the Information & Booking Centre.
If we are able to book you on to your course, you will receive a booking confirmation through the post. We will contact you if we are unable to process your booking for any reason.
Going to College is a big decision, so if you want to talk to someone, the College has a range of teams in place to help. Below are some helpful contacts who will be happy to help you in your transition to becoming a North East Scotland College student. The Information & Booking Centre can help with enquiries about courses, applications and admissions, and the Student Services team offer help and advice on a range of topics - from funding and additional support needs, to careers and employability.
If you'd like to speak to members of staff and lecturers about life at College, and to get more information on courses that you're interested in, come along to one of our Open Days – the perfect way to get a taste of what North East Scotland College has to offer.