Borders College

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At Borders College you will be studying at one of Scotland’s most successful colleges. Each year, around 90% of our students experience a positive destination, including significant numbers progressing their studies to the next level at college or university, and many others using newly acquired skills and knowledge to move straight into employment.

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.

We offer a wide range of courses from an introductory level through to advanced courses at Higher National and degree level. Courses are available to study full time or part time, during the day or in the evenings.  You can browse all the subjects on offer by visiting the Courses pages of Borders College website or by picking up a prospectus from one of our campuses.

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 new Campus in Hawick, and the recently refurbished landbased campus at Newtown St Boswells, 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.

The Scottish Borders Campus also hosts Heriot-Watt University’s world renowned School of Textiles and Design. The College and University have created a centre of educational excellence within the Scottish Borders which enables both College and University students to each benefit from excellent shared facilities whilst still retaining their own distinct identities.

Our Newtown St Boswells Campus is a well-recognised centre of excellence for Landbased 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 landbased 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, their workforce development and to 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 Board of Management. 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 3 main sites (Galashiels, Hawick and St. Boswells) and is the regional college for the Scottish Borders.

Each year, around 5500 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.

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Nether Road
Galashiels
TD1 3HE

Website: http://www.borderscollege.ac.uk
Email: enquiries@borderscollege.ac.uk
Phone: 0870 050 5152

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    Internally the kitchen on the ground floor retains its vaulted roof, but from the first floor hall upwards the tower is open to the skies. The spiral stair can be followed up to a platform at the upper floor level in the stair wing.

    Greenknowe Tower was built in 1581 by a minor landowner, James Seton, and he lived here with his wife Janet Edmonstone. The lintel above the main entrance carries the date of construction, the shields of the Seton and Edmonstone families, and the initials IS and IE: the "I"s should be read for "J"s. The Seton family had owned land in the Parish of Gordon since marrying into the Gordon family: who in turn had been granted the estate by Malcolm II in 1018.

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Five miles north east of Earlston and just to the west of the village of Gordon, the surprisingly complete remains of Greenknowe Tower, also sometimes known as Greenknowe Castle, stand a hundred yards to the north of the A6105. 

From the gate the access path leads up a gentle slope and around to the entrance, as usual for a tower house this is placed in the easily defended angle between the main body of the tower and the wing containing the spiral staircase.

Externally, Greenknowe Tower is in good condition, largely complete up to the original roof level, though part of one corner turret has collapsed at some point. The appearance of the tower is made all the more interesting by the use of red stone in parts of the structure, brightening up what would otherwise be a uniform grey. The tower would originally have been surrounded by a walled courtyard, and part of the courtyard surface can still be seen to its east.

Internally the kitchen on the ground floor retains its vaulted roof, but from the first floor hall upwards the tower is open to the skies. The spiral stair can be followed up to a platform at the upper floor level in the stair wing.

Greenknowe Tower was built in 1581 by a minor landowner, James Seton, and he lived here with his wife Janet Edmonstone. The lintel above the main entrance carries the date of construction, the shields of the Seton and Edmonstone families, and the initials IS and IE: the Is should be read for Js. The Seton family had owned land in the Parish of Gordon since marrying into the Gordon family: who in turn had been granted the estate by Malcolm II in 1018.

In the 1600s the tower was purchased by the Pringle family of Stichel, one resident being the noted Covenanter, William Pringle. By 1850 it was no longer lived in, and in 1937 it was placed in state care by the Dalrymple family, who also contributed towards its consolidation. Today Greenknowe Tower is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland #LoveBorders

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