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Automotive Course

Automotive Course

During my automotive course this year I have been working on building my own racing car. This has been really enjoyable, and I have developed a lot of good skills such as teamwork and learning about car mechanics.

In one of the pictures you can see me and my classmates racing around the racetrack at the transport museum.  By Cody (S4)

RGU Virtual Parents Information Evening

RGU Virtual Parents Information Evening

Virtual Parents Night

RGU are offering an opportunity for prospective students to engage with the University, in the format of a ‘Virtual Parents Evening’. This will take place on the 17th of May 2023, where late applicants and offer holders can join a ‘Zoom’ event with their parent or guardian to hear about all things RGU. There will be scheduled presentations throughout the session on Student Life, Accommodation, Study Skills, Student Finance, Support and Wellbeing, Placements and a chance to hear direct from RGU students themselves on their experience of University.


Date: 17th of May 2023

Time: 1800 – 1930

Platform: Zoom (online)


Register HERE

Students applying to study at RGU.

Students applying to study at RGU.

On Wednesday 22nd March Kirsty Mackay, our RGU Hub officer will be in Alford Academy.

All pupils who have applied to RGU will have received an email with a QR code to scan and book an appointment with Kirsty to discuss their application and any queries they have regarding Uni – funding, accommodation etc.

You can simply book an appointment at a time that suits best during the hub day.  The appointments are not mandatory and are available to students if they wish to attend. It is a casual chat but will hopefully answer any queries they do have.

Please check your emails if you have applied to RGU and would welcome this input and help.

NESCol additional help for Higher pupils

NESCol additional help for Higher pupils

We are pleased to make you aware of short courses which are on offer at NESCOL to assist candidates in preparing for end of year exams in Higher Sciences and Maths. All sessions are at Aberdeen City Campus, but physics is also available at Fraserburgh Campus.

 Over seven evening sessions in the weeks leading up to the final exam, learners will work in small groups with other candidates to practice exam-style questions. Coaching during the class will help them improve the way they approach a range of questions. We will also cover aspects of the curriculum that have been identified as poorly answered in previous exams.

 In previous years these sessions have been oversubscribed, so we would encourage early booking from any interested individuals.

 Further details of all courses may be found on the links below.


Preparation for Higher Biology – commencing 27th February (Aberdeen City Campus)

Biology – North East Scotland College (


Preparation for Higher Chemistry – commencing 15th  March (Aberdeen City Campus)

Chemistry – North East Scotland College (


Preparation for Higher Maths –  commencing 1st or 7th March (Aberdeen City Campus)

Maths – North East Scotland College (


Preparation for Higher Physics – commencing 16th March (Aberdeen City and Fraserburgh Campus)

Physics – North East Scotland College (


Preparation for Higher Computing Science – commencing 29th March (Aberdeen City Campus)

Computing Science – North East Scotland College (


For further information on Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology please contact Douglas Fraser or for Computing Science please contact Ben Thorn

NESCol Open Day – 3 December 2022

NESCol Open Day – 3 December 2022


Saturday 3 December, 10AM-2PM


We are opening the doors of our Aberdeen Altens, Aberdeen City, and Fraserburgh Campuses (where there will also be representatives from our Scottish Maritime Academy). Visitors will be able to explore our campuses, see our facilities, speak to curriculum teams and student support staff, and find out all they need to know about studying at NESCol.


We’ll also have representatives from our Part Time Learning team and our Schools team, and ambassadors from the University of Aberdeen and RGU on hand to discuss university progression pathways.


Registration for the event opens on Friday 11 November. Pupils can register on our website.

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

Senior Horizons- CV and Cover letter Session

On Tuesday 1st March our senior pupils in S5 and S6 who will be leaving Alford Academy in summer 2022, were invited to take part in a practical session lead by our career advisor, to help write a CV in preparation for their future pathway.

The turn out was very good and pupils followed a step by step process to create their personal CV’s and covering letters.

The session was lead by Jemma Kinnaird, our Skills Development Scotland Career advisor and Aimee Maitland, our Developing the Young Workforce school coordinator.

After the session, pupils were equipped with an up to date CV ready for distributing to potential employers.

Pupils said:

“This was extremely helpful and informative and now I have a CV that I can use straight away and update regularly when I need to”.

“Very helpful and now I can write a CV. This helped me develop my personal CV and made me think of aspects to add to my CV that I wouldn’t have considered”.


UK University & Apprenticeship Search Live Webinar Wednesdays

UK University & Apprenticeship Search Live Webinar Wednesdays

UK University Search are hosting free, live webinars with experts from across the country. They will be there to give you advice, to talk you through how to make decisions in the next few months, and to answer your questions.

3 June – Applying for University: UCAS Personal Statement

10 June – Studying around the UK

17 June – UK University Search Virtual Fair

24 June – Clearing and 2020 Admissions

1 July – Student Life: 2020 Freshers

8 July – Studying Art & Design: Portfolio Advice

For more information and to register please click here.


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