About us

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

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. They include a 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.

Find a campus

Our campuses offer a great student experience. You'll meet others who share your interests and people from all over the world, discover new sports and activities, and make lifelong friends. And we'll support you all the way, through a range of services and facilities that will help you make the best of your time as a student.

What you'll find

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.

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.


Borders Further Education Trust

Borders Further Education Trust (BFET) is an independent charity set up to enhance the education experience for further education students in the Scottish Borders.  

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Our Strategic Ambition

"Borders College will continue to be the learning and training provider of choice for employers, students and our staff.

We will provide innovative, life-changing learning opportunities that prepare our students for global citizenship"

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

Each year, around 5,220 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.

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 Regional Board. The College is funded primarily by the Scottish Funding Council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

During adverse weather, Borders College will remain open whenever possible to do so. Borders College will only close when:

  • We tell you we are closed, and this will be done through Radio Borders and on the College facebook, twitter and website.


Travel to College during adverse weather conditions

The decision to travel to College is ultimately the individual student’s responsibility. If you deem it safe to travel, then College will be open unless we have told you otherwise.

The majority of students travel to College on public service bus routes and each of the bus companies will make the decision on whether or not they can run their services safely or not. The bus companies will normally communicate any cancellation of service via Radio Borders or their own websites.

If the bus service is running and you deem it safe to travel, then College will be open unless we have told you otherwise.


Deteriorating conditions during the College day

Should conditions begin to deteriorate during the College day, a decision to send students home will be taken in conjunction with the Council’s Winter Control team, which includes the police and the various bus companies.

Remember, it’s simple: Borders College will remain open unless we tell you otherwise via Radio Borders and our College facebook, twitter and website.

News from around Borders College

We’re really proud of the achievements of our students and staff at Borders College, and we’re delighted to share their successes with you.

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