At North East Scotland College we combine top of the range teaching and training facilities with extensive expertise and resources in a way that best serves our students. This allows us to offer more courses, more choice and more opportunities for all.
At any of our main campuses you'll find excellent facilities in place for both study and leisure, including:
For more information on North East Scotland College, please visit: www.nescol.ac.uk.
Sport and Fitness
Sports and exercise play an important role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in encouraging the health and well–being of our students.
Our Aberdeen City Campus, Aberdeen Altens Campus and Fraserburgh Campuses all have fitness suites that you can enjoy at selected times, free of charge. They are fully equipped with cardio vascular and resistance machines, along with free–weights areas. And, even if you're new to using a fitness suite, inductions can be arranged and trained supervisors are on hand for any advice or assistance you might need.
At the Aberdeen City and Fraserburgh Campuses you will also find large Games Halls, which allow our students to take part in various activities and fitness classes. Each sport and fitness area has changing facilities too, meaning you can squeeze in a bit of exercise before, after or in between classes. What is on will change periodically — so keep an eye for any changes to the timetable!
Student Advice Centres
Our Student Advice Centres are where to go for any kind of information regarding courses and applying to the courses. They also deal with pre–entry guidance, open and distance learning, fees and funding, employer bookings and much, much more.
If you need any advice or assistance regarding course applications, don't hesitate to get in touch with them.
The IT Centre in our Aberdeen City Campus is one of the largest in Scotland, and consists of an open plan teaching area boasting over 200 PCs. In the first 7 weeks of term, the IT Centre has been averaging almost 1,000 students a day — that means a new student comes in every 30 seconds!
Although the Aberdeen City Campus is the only college site to operate a stand–alone IT Centre, a wide range of high quality IT facilities can be accessed at the Altens and Fraserburgh Campuses and in each Library+.
At Fraserburgh there are also desktop PCs located throughout the atrium space which students are free to use at any time. Basic support with IT use can be accessed at these locations too and each site has a technical self–help pod where IT technical assistance can be accessed.
There are Library+ sites at each of North East Scotland College's main campuses – Aberdeen City Campus, Aberdeen Altens Campus and Fraserburgh Campus.
You'll find that each site offers different resources depending on the courses studied at that particular campus. For example Altens Library+ will focus more on subjects like Engineering, Construction and Maths, whereas our Aberdeen City Library+ will put more of an emphasis on Social Sciences, Business and Media.
What will I find in Library+?
To put it simply, probably more than you think! Our library+ sites are not just lending libraries with thousands of books on offer. Amongst our resources you'll find:
- PC's and Macs
- Laptop friendly work areas
- Core skills materials
- Books (including thousands of e–books) and Journals
- Newspapers and Magazines
- DVDs and Audio CDs
- E–resources and general reference
- Private study and research booths
- Printers, Scanners and Photocopiers
- Self–help IT technical support pod and direct phone line to Student IT HelpZone (Craibstone, Altens & Fraserburgh only)
You can access these resources in person and via the Library course area on the College's virtual learning environment, Blackboard. In addition, Library+ staff are in place to help, and will happily assist you in making the most of your study time by offering support with information skills such as referencing, searching for and appraising information and research skills.
Virtual Learning Environment/Blackboard
The College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is called Blackboard — an American system now used in educational environments all over the world. It is an easy to use, highly flexible electronic tool to support teaching and learning. Through VLE students can:
- Access materials covering basic contents of their course (via internet or College's intranet)
- Take part in interactive quizzes/tests to check their learning progression
- Access links to websites providing valuable extension material
- Exchange ideas with other students on their course and contact lecturers
- Submit work to be marked and receive receipt of submission
- Receive their assignment or assessment grades along with comments from lecturers
- Obtain important calendar, timetable and deadline information
StudentNet is a key component of Blackboard and hosts important information for students and allows access to class timetables and email accounts. You'll find information and links regarding important College and course announcements and events.
Wi–Fi is available to use at all of our campuses, meaning you can access your emails, coursework or browse the web at your leisure.