School Plus

School / College Partnership Programme

The School Plus Programme gives learners the chance to attend Borders College to study a subject not available to them in school. Pupils attend College for a day, or other agreed amount of time, per week, and will learn skills that could help in their future career. They also experience a more adult place to learn.

School Plus Prospectus 2014

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Taking part in a School Plus course will give pupils the opportunity to widen their experience of education and to be taught by specialist staff using specialist equipment and materials.


The School Plus Course could help pupils choose their future career or subject to study after school.

 



What is School Plus?
The School Plus Programme gives learners the chance to attend Borders College to study a subject not available to them in school. Pupils attend College for a day, or other agreed amount of time, per week, and will learn skills that could help in their future career. They also experience a more adult place to learn. Taking part in a School Plus course will give pupils the opportunity to widen their experience of education and to be taught by specialist staff using specialist equipment and materials. The School Plus Course could help pupils choose their future career or subject to study after school.

What courses are available?
At present the School Plus courses include:-

• Childcare
• Rural Skills
• Horticulture
• Personal Presentation
• Fashion & Clothing
• Construction
• Motor Vehicle Maintenance
• Higher Psychology
• Science Baccalaureate

Where are the courses taught?
Most of the courses take place in College either at Borders College’s Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, the Hawick Learning Campus or the Newtown St Boswells Campus. Some courses can be taught by college lecturers in your school or in the case of the Landbased courses on local estates and golf courses.

What can I expect from the College?
Pupils will be taught by professional, specialist lecturers that will have undergone Enhanced Checks with Disclosure Scotland. Pupils and their school will receive progress reports and the school will receive a daily attendance report. The College will, through its Safeguarding Policy, aim to make sure that you are safe and well whilst in College and will provide a safe place in which to learn. Bullying of any kind is not tolerated at Borders College.

What will the College expect of me?
Pupils will be expected to attend College regularly and to be on time for their classes. They will be required to follow safety instructions at all times and must adhere to College Student Regulations which will be explained at the start of the course. All pupils must have a positive attitude to studying and will be required to participate fully in class. The College will expect all pupils to be considerate and respectful at all times.

How will School Plus affect my School timetable?
Pupils should discuss their individual arrangements with School Guidance staff and parents / carer in order to agree a suitable and appropriate timetable.

What qualifications will I get?
Most of the College courses are based on Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) national qualifications. Successful completion of Unit Assessments will appear on your Standard Grade exam certificate.

Practical matters
The school is responsible for organising transport to and from College. Please ask your Guidance teacher for more details. If you have any special health or medical needs your school will, with your permission, send the information to the College before the course starts.

There is no uniform as Borders College is an adult-education setting. Some courses do however require learners to wear protective clothing and boots which are supplied by the College. This is essential for Health and Safety reasons and pupils will not be permitted to work in practical areas or workshops unless the protective clothing is worn.

Pupils will receive specific information on the courses that they are interested in applying for from the School Guidance staff. They will be given a School Plus Prospectus and will be required to complete an Application Form which they will be given by the school.

Each course will have a representative on the College Department Council which will allow learners to have their views heard and taken into account in meetings with staff and students.

Location of Classes
Most of the courses take place at the Galashiels, Hawick or Newtown St Boswells College campuses with the Rural Skills pupils working on various estates in the Borders.

For further information on School Plus please contact Lesley Mitchell on 01896 662617 or email lmitc@borderscollege.ac.uk