Shell Engineering Scheme

A prestigious fast-track course, designed by Shell in conjunction with NESCol to meet the up and coming needs of the energy industry.


Why take this course?

Students who are accepted onto the Shell Engineering Scheme (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); HNC Electrical Engineering, HNC Measurement & Control 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.

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
male and female wearing red overalls in workshop

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
2 Years
Subject area

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

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options.


The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, which started in September 2019. Please see below for your options.

Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
September 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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