Shell Engineering Scheme

Your engineering future starts here!


Why take this course?

The Shell Engineering Scheme (SES) is a prestigious fast-track course, designed by Shell in conjunction with NESCol to meet the up and coming needs of the energy industry.

Students who are accepted onto the SES will study 5 days a week over 2 academic years at Fraserburgh Campus. Courses include: Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 – Electrical (SCQF Level 5); HND Mechanical Engineering plus Employment Integration Skills. You will also work towards an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification.

The content of the course reflects the needs of industry and may be subject to some variation. Students who successfully complete this programme are well placed to enter employment or to progress into university.

Please note that the SES has a unique application process. Applicants must complete the SES application form and send this with a covering letter to Heather Sim, Fraserburgh Campus, Henderson Road, Fraserburgh AB43 9GA.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th April 2018. Applications received after this date will not be processed.

What you will experience

There are a number of reasons this course might be the best choice for you:

  • The course is designed by industry for industry and has just 14 places available
  • There are 4 work placements at St Fergus gas terminal during the 2 year programme
  • You will attend College 5 days a week over 2 academic years
  • Full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided
  • You will receive a training and attendance allowance
  • Successful completion can contribute significantly towards a Modern Apprenticeship qualification
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Key facts

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Entry requirements

Applicants should possess the following: Higher Maths (Grade B or above) and one other Higher in English or a related Technology/Science subject (Grade B or above) OR NC Mechanical Engineering at SCQF Level 6 which must include Technician 2 Maths. Applicants should also have good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic.

Please note that students will be required to organise their own transport to the work placements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At University

NESCol has excellent formal articulation links with Robert Gordon University (RGU), the University of Aberdeen and many universities around Scotland, as well as the Open University. The College has a unique partnership agreement with RGU called Degree Link which allows students who complete their HN level qualifications on the Shell Engineering Scheme to go straight into year 3 of selected engineering degrees routes.


For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact Heather Sim for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.