Entering further education can have a considerable effect on people’s lives. You may have lots of questions that you want to ask before you apply for a place on a course, and there may be a time during your study when you will seek information and advice from a confidential and reliable source.

Our Information & Advice teams deal with all enquiries for student support, including:

  • Eligibility for funding and how to apply
  • Budgeting your money
  • Additional learning support
  • Practical advice on transition to College
  • Tier 4 and international admissions
  • Study options and career choices
  • Applying to University and HE funding
  • Careers and Employability
  • Enterprise and business start-ups
  • Pastoral Care

You will find a Student Advice Centre located at Aberdeen City, Altens and Fraserburgh Campuses in the following areas:

  • Aberdeen City Campus — Lower ground floor of the tower block next to Dino's Cafe.
  • Altens Campus — M Block reception.
  • Fraserburgh Campus — Opposite the student refectory in the main atrium.

If you require support with any of these issues, you can speak to your Academic Tutor in the first instance, but you are welcome to speak to anyone in the Student Advice Centre at any time.

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At North East Scotland College we understand that being able to fund your education is important. It is a key consideration when coming to College, and can be a big concern for many students. 

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Corporate Parenting

Corporate parenting is defined by the Scottish Government as:

"An organisation's performance of actions necessary to uphold the rights and safeguard the wellbeing of a looked after child or care leaver, and through which physical, emotional, spiritual, social and educational development is promoted"   (Scottish Government, August 2015)

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 19 February 2014, and received Royal Assent on 27 March 2014. The Act introduces a number of important changes for Looked After Children and care leavers in Scotland.

The College is required, under Section 59(3), to publish a plan and update this every three years. This plan must be made available to the general public with ownership remaining with the organisation.

Corporate Parenting Plan PDF, 116.93 KB Corporate Parenting Plan: Student Version PDF, 72.43 KB

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Young Carers & Care Experienced Students

If you are under 26 years of age and identify as being care experienced, then we can provide you with extra support.

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British Sign Language

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Act was passed in October 2015 in order to promote the use and understanding of British Sign Language (BSL). The National BSL Plan sets out the ambition for Scotland to be the best place in the world for BSL users to live, work and visit. The Government required each college to produce their own Local Plan to reflect the aspirations of the National Plan. The College's BSL Plan highlights actions and aspirations that we have set out to make studying at North East Scotland College an inclusive and supportive experience.

BSL Action Plan 2018 – 2024 Written

The College BSL Action Plan is produced here in PDF format.

British Sign Language (BSL) College Action Plan PDF, 201.37 KB


BSL Action Plan 2018 – 2024 Video

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

The College is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of all students who experience mental ill health in an environment free of stigma and discrimination. 

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Safeguarding is the protection of people from neglect and abuse, and the promotion of health and wellbeing. We have a number of approaches in place to ensure that we offer effective safeguarding, including a team of trained and dedicated staff who will handle any concerns or referrals in a sensible and professional manner.

If you would like to find out more about what safeguarding means and how it applies to you whilst attending College, please read our Safeguarding Guide for Students.

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You can contact the team directly by dropping into your local Student Advice Centre, by emailing studentadvice@nescol.ac.uk, or by phoning them on:

Aberdeen Altens

01224 612704

Aberdeen City

01224 612284


01346 586129

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