Borders College

About Our College

Whether you are a school leaver, returning to learning or striving to improve your skills and knowledge in the workplace, Borders College can help you achieve your goals and realise your potential.

Borders College is located in the Scottish Borders and offers a wide range of courses, from an introductory level through to advanced courses at Higher National level, including the full range of apprenticeships courses, from modern apprenticeships to foundation apprenticeships. We also provide a large number of industry-based training courses for businesses throughout Scotland.

Courses are available to study full-time or part-time, during the day or in the evenings and at a variety of locations, depending on the needs of our students.

With our modern Scottish Borders Campus at Netherdale in Galashiels, home to the majority of our wide range of full-time and part-time courses, our campus in Hawick, which is home to our Business Development Unit, and our Land-based campus at Newtown St Boswells, along with our Construction Hub at Tweedbank, we ensure that students choosing to study at Borders College will benefit from a first-class learning environment.

The result of a multi-million pound groundbreaking project, the Scottish Borders Campus provides a unique learning and teaching environment featuring bespoke practical training areas, a modern, well-stocked library and learning resource centre, enhanced IT facilities and bright, spacious student social areas.

Our Newtown St Boswells Campus is a well-recognised centre of excellence for Land-based studies, where students on the various courses have access to industry specialists, practical areas and a dedicated learning resource centre. This high quality training facility is helping to meet the needs of an ever-changing rural and land-based sector.

In addition, the main College campuses are supported by a number of community-based learning facilities throughout the Borders, including our campus in Hawick. They offer specific courses designed to meet the needs of local businesses and their workforce development, and they also provide educational opportunities to individuals through a wide range of part-time day and evening courses.

History of the College

Borders College was formed in 1984 by the amalgamation of Galashiels Technical College, Henderson Technical College (Hawick), Duns Agricultural Centre and the Agricultural Centre, Newtown St. Boswells. On April 1st 1993 under the Further Education (Scotland) Act 1992, the College was transferred from the Borders Regional Council to a Body Corporate.

Statutory background

The College is one several regional colleges in Scotland and is governed by a Regional Board. The College is funded primarily by the Scottish Funding Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Main functions of Borders College

Borders College operates from three main sites (Galashiels, Hawick and St. Boswells) and is the regional college for the Scottish Borders.

Each year, around 4,600 students enrol for a wide range of courses and programmes, both day and evening, to HND level and beyond, particularly in subject areas that will enable them to dovetail into local employment opportunities. Partnerships have been developed with a number of Scottish universities to provide students with a seamless progression to degree level programmes, often with advanced standing.

The College has developed its provision in line with local needs and has extensive links with industry and commerce by way of its industrial liaison network. Working closely with its local partners, the College has shaped its curriculum in line the needs of the local labour market.

Head Office

Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE.
Tel: 08700 50 51 52 • Fax: 01896 758179

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