NESCol offers a wide range of opportunities to Senior Phase pupils to support continued success and engagement with learning in preparation for the world of work.
- Pupils can study part-time at College whilst staying on at school through our School College Links Programme;
- Pupils can apply for a full-time course of their choice (or if they are a 'winter school leaver' apply for Exceptional Entry to a course of their choice);
- Pupils can come along to a College Experience taster;
- Pupils can enrol on a Foundation Apprenticeship programme.
School College Links Programme
If you are supporting a young person applying for a School College Links course, it is important to ensure they are aware of the commitment they will be expected to make to the course, and that they are fully supported in the application process.
School College Links courses continue throughout the Academic Year, and are therefore not suitable for young people planning to leave school at Christmas time.
Pupils applying for these courses should be aware that there may be a requirement for them to travel to another venue, the course timetable may extend beyond the school day and there will be an expectation for some self-directed study out with lessons, either for the College course, or for lessons missed at school whilst attending College.
How to Apply
All relevant school staff will be pre-registered and provided with information on how to gain access to the School Links Portal, where the online application process takes place.
To start an online application, use the Apply Online button within the availability section on the webpage of the course your pupil is interested in. This will start the process. The User Guide will take you through each stage of the online application process from start to finish.
- Complete an application
- View all completed applications
- Retrieve an incomplete application
- Cancel an application or log a query
- Add an existing pupil to a second application
What happens next?
After the application is submitted, school staff will be sent an automated email to confirm the application. School staff will be able to follow the progress of applications by logging in to their School Links Portal user account. There is also the option to withdraw an application or log a query if necessary.
Exceptional Entry is for young people whose date of birth requires them to remain in school until the winter break and is a fantastic option for those who are ready to leave school, and take the next step in their education. If a pupils 16th birthday falls between 1st October and 28th/29th February, they would be eligible to start certain full-time, non-advanced courses at North East Scotland College from August, even though they are still officially a school pupil.
Despite being a student at North East Scotland College, under these circumstances those aged under 16 are still the responsibility of their school and the local authority. They will continue to have a named guidance teacher at school, and will continue on the school roll until their legal school leaving date before the Christmas holidays.
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 SCQFLevel 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.
If you are having any issues when it comes to submitting an online application or using the School Links Portal, or if you have another query relating to School Links courses, please contact: