Borders College

Care Aware – Support for Care-Experienced

  • Are you considering college as a future option?
  • Are you thinking about making an application?
  • Are you studying with us just now?

At Borders College we are committed to promoting, supporting and safeguarding the wellbeing of students who are care-experienced. We work closely with you and the people who support you to offer impartial advice and guidance to enable you to attend a college course and achieve your goals.

It is important to tell us if you are Care-Experienced.  Our commitment through our Care Aware service is to support you in every way we can; to listen to what matters to you; to assist in removing barriers and to help to ensure you have the best possible experience with us.  You will have a named contact who will be your dedicated contact throughout your chosen programme of study.

You can tell us any time, but sooner is always better. Even if you are just thinking about college as a possibility, your named contact will help you explore your interests, find the best course, talk through your options, funding and support. If you do decide to study, they’ll even help you to fill out your application forms.

What support am I entitled to?

Your named contact will support you to overcome any additional barriers created by any life circumstances which may affect your attendance, progression and achievement on your chosen programme of study. 

If you tell us that you are Care-Experienced we will:

  • be there to provide you with help and advice about courses, funding, and support services;
  • help make the transition to college as smooth as possible (this might be as simple as showing you around the campus before you become a student);
  • guide you on your funding entitlement
  • guide and support you during your studies, in a way that is seamless and invisible to others;
  • listen and be responsive to your needs and what matters to you;
  • help you to overcome any obstacles that arise or could become a barrier to success;
  • be there when you need us and as a friendly face just to ask how you are doing;
  • work in partnership with other staff e.g. Course Tutors, the Students’ Association, fellow Corporate Parents including the Local Authority to help ensure you are listened to, supported, included, respected, achieving, nurtured, healthy, active, responsible and able to access the fullest range of services and opportunities;
  • help you move on when it’s time – whether to another course with us; moving on to university; employment; or taking on something new.

Our Duty as Corporate Parents

We are incredibly proud to be a Corporate Parent and are committed to fulfilling and exceeding our statuary duties under Part 9 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Read our Corporate Parenting Plan

Get in touch!

Jen MacKenzie, Student Services Team Leader

Further Information

Scottish Care Leavers’ CovenantScottish Care Leavers’ Covenant

We are proud to work with the Scottish Care Leavers' Covenant to help improve outcomes for care-experienced young people.

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is a bold step to make the changes needed to give care leavers the bright and better future they deserve.



Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland

Borders College is working in partnership with Who Cares? Scotland, who work with care-experienced young people throughout Scotland.

Their mission is to see a Scotland where care-experienced people are equal members of society. They want those with experience of care to know that they are not alone.


Looking to access Education? – Propel can help!!

Propel aims to help more care-experienced young people enter further or higher education and complete their course. Propel have collated information from institutions containing an overview of the support it offers to care leavers.