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.
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.