College Links

North East Scotland College works closely with other educational institutions - locally, nationally and internationally - as well as a range of partners from across the region, and within industry and education. 

Local Authorities

The College works closely with both regional councils. This ensures that the curriculum offering, progression opportunities and accessibility of learning meets the needs of local employers, schools and individuals.

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeenshire Council

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North East Scotland College has close links with the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire secondary schools, and in some schools provides courses in various subject areas.

Aberdeen Grammar School

Aboyne Academy

Albyn School

Alford Academy

Banchory Academy

Banff Academy

Bridge of Don Academy

Bucksburn Academy

Cults Academy

Dyce Academy

Ellon Academy

Fraserburgh Academy

Gordon Schools, The

Harlaw Academy

Hazlehead Academy

International School, Aberdeen

Inverurie Academy

Kemnay Academy

Lochside Academy

Lathallan School

Mackie Academy

Mearns Academy

Meldrum Academy

Mintlaw Academy

Northfield Academy

Oldmachar Academy

Peterhead Academy

Portlethen Academy

Robert Gordon’s College

St.Machar Academy

St. Margaret's School for Girls

Turriff Academy

Westhill Academy

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North East Scotland College is an Associate College of Robert Gordon University. The agreement is viewed as a good practice model for effective working within Scotland between a Scottish College and a University. An integral part of the agreement is the 2+2 Degree Link Programme, which offers North East Scotland College students the opportunity to gain two awards from four years of higher education – an HND and an Honours degree.

The College also works closely with the University of Aberdeen in developing opportunities for learners across the region.

In addition to close regional links to Higher Education, the College has articulation links with universities across the country, meaning that those who successfully complete their advanced level course can progress to study at degree level.

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The College works with a huge number of organisations that aim to strengthen the College's effectiveness in offering the right education and training in the right place, as well as its ability to offer exceptional support for all prospective and current students. Below are some examples of key partnerships.


The College has partnerships with a wide range of employers in a number of industry sectors. These include one-to-one relationships with individual employers including large multi-nationals such as Shell and BP, and small enterprises, such as privately-owned hairdressers.

As well as local and national employers, the College also liaises with economic forums, such as ACSEF, AGCC, Fraserburgh Development Trust and SCDI, to ensure that their market intelligence and aspirations are included in employer engagement arrangements, and works with Industry Bodies, including OPITO; ECITB; HABIA; SMTA; SNIPEF and Construction Skills, to support the emerging training and skills needs of a wide range of industries. The College offers:

  • an extensive programme of Modern Apprenticeships (ca 650);
  • bespoke commercial training through the College Company ASET and its Business and Community Development Department.

Regional, National and International Bodies and Initiatives

Aberdeen Foyer

Aberdeen Foyer is a successful social enterprise working across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. The Foyer works to bring about lasting change to people who have faced challenges in their lives, helping them move on from homelessness, poor health and wellbeing, offending backgrounds and substance misuse. Much of what the Foyer focusses on is about enabling those who have faced difficulties in their lives to progress into work. The aims, vision and values of Aberdeen Foyer and North East Scotland College are complementary and the organisations have a successful track record of partnership working.

Find out more about Aberdeen Foyer

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) is a business membership organisation which represents more than 1,350 businesses and 130,000 employees across all sectors. The Chamber provides services relating to networking, developing skills, research, political influence, raising profiles and international markets. North East Scotland College is a Premium Partner of the Chamber.

Find out more about AGCC


North East Scotland College works in partnership with ASPIRENorth whose aim is to help increase the number of young people from under-represented groups in the North of Scotland progress onto post-school education by encouraging them to make more positive and better informed decisions about their post-school educational choices.

Find out more about ASPIRENorth

Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs)

Community Planning is a process which helps public agencies to work together with the community to plan and deliver better services which make a real difference to people’s lives. The College is a member of both the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire CPPs, and representatives attend and participate at various CPP meetings and forums throughout the academic year.

The aims of Community Planning in Scotland are making sure people and communities are genuinely engaged in the decisions made on public services which affect them; allied to a commitment from organisations to work together, not apart, in providing better public services. Two further key principles include:

  • Community Planning as the key over-arching partnership framework helping to co-ordinate other initiatives and partnerships and where necessary acting to rationalise and simplify a cluttered landscape;
  • The ability of Community Planning to improve the connection between national priorities and those at regional, local and neighbourhood levels.
Elevator (formerly Enterprise North East Trust)

Elevator works with a number of private and public sector organisations to support entrepreneurs, start up and growing businesses, young people and the business community as a whole.

Find out more about Elevator

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is Scotland's largest direct-member business organisation which exists to protect and promote small businesses.

Find out more about the Federation of Small Businesses


RC-2020 is a not-for-profit membership association of 30 community and technical colleges serving urban community cities. Members of RC-2020 are invited institutions, and there is representation from many of the largest higher education institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Find out more about RC-2020

Scottish Council for Development & Industry

The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with its vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. Its membership is drawn from a wide variety of business sectors, trade unions, public agencies, educational institutions, local authorities and enterprise organisations, professional bodies and trade associations, arts organisations, faith groups, charitable organisations and the third sector.

Find out more about SCDI

Collab Group

The College is a member of The Collab Group which is a forward thinking membership organisation representing leading Colleges and College Groups who collaborate, at a local and national level, with a wide range of stakeholders.

The group is focuses on the development of sustainable professional and technical skills to enable a transformation of the productive capacity of the UK economy. This is achieved through:

  • Partnerships with employers to co-create and deliver high quality and relevant professional and technical skills
  • Thought leadership in the areas of professional and technical skills, policy implementation and sector funding
  • Providing transformative leadership in the education sector
  • Providing learning environments which support enhanced technical, professional and other skills so learners are ready for work
  • Taking a leading role in shaping the future skills needs to ensure the long-term economic capacity of the UK economy

Find out more about The Collab Group

The Skills Network

The Skills Network is a UK provider of distance learning courses. NESCol work in partnership with The Skills Network through a sub–contracting arrangement to provide a range of distance learning qualifications that support professional development.

Find out more about The Skills Network

Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP)

The Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) sets out how Aberdeen City Council will work with their community planning partners to ensure Aberdeen is a place where everyone can prosper.

It has three themes — economy, people & place — and 15 outcomes we they to achieve by 2026.

Find out more about the Local Outcome Improvement Plan

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