North East Scotland College can offer a wide range of courses at a variety of levels to pupils in S4 to S6 across Aberdeen City and Shire. This gives you the opportunity to experience life as a College student whilst staying on at school, and make more informed decisions regarding your future educational and professional paths. Below you will find lots of useful information about the School Links offering, and the different options available to you. Many courses are delivered within College premises, but some will be delivered within a local school.

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The College's School Links Programme gives you the opportunity to achieve national qualifications that are valued by employers whilst continuing to study school based courses. Through participation in any of the courses offered through this programme you will develop essential skills for employment and be better prepared for the career pathway of your choice. Courses are completed within the Academic Year whilst you are still at school, and are available across a wide range of interesting and exciting subject areas.

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The College Experience

The College Experience has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to attend a short course at a nearby campus. The main aim of this taster programme is to help you plan your future educational path, try out a subject area that interests you and to help you consider College courses you might consider applying for after leaving school.

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Foundation Apprenticeships are a new opportunity for Senior Phase pupils developed by Skills Development Scotland, in conjunction with Sector Skills Councils. They are offered by North East Scotland College in partnership with local industry partners. Combining contextualised work-based learning and classroom-based learning, these programmes have been designed to meet the needs of young people whilst being responsive to the needs of the regional labour market. 

Starting in S5, this 2 year programme combines course work and extended work experience to lead to an exciting new industry recognised qualification at SCQF Level 6 (the same level as a Higher).  

This new national qualification will support access to College, University or the workplace, depending on what suits each individual. By taking part in this blended experience, pupils will be well-equipped with industry standard skills and core knowledge, whilst becoming better prepared to make the transition from school into whatever their chosen next step might be. 


Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities in Creative & Digital Media

North East Scotland College are looking for experts to work with our highly committed and motivated Creative & Digital Media Foundation Apprentices (FAs).

Foundation Apprenticeship opportunities in Creative & Digital Media PDF, 72.77 KB

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Our friendly and knowledgeable team is in place to help and advise you on any queries about School Links courses. 


For more information on School Links across Aberdeen City and Shire, please contact:

Schools Liaison Team
Telephone: 01224 612393
Twitter: @NESColLinks

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