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Welcome to Borders College

As Principal of Borders College, I am immensely proud of the excellent learning experience that we provide to all our students, irrespective of your chosen area of study and how you choose to learn.

Borders College will provide you with innovative, life-changing learning opportunities that will prepare you for your chosen career, and the skills to be an active global citizen.

Our commitment is that, during your time with us, you will develop the skills and knowledge to be confident to progress in your chosen career, and value the importance of diversity in our communities and the sustainability of our planet. We offer a wide range of study programmes, from HND courses to apprenticeships, at graduate to foundation level. Our curriculum offer reflects current industry practice and is has clear links to job opportunities.

Our teaching staff, many of whom are still industry-based, are experts in their field. The diversity of their experience and knowledge is immeasurable, but comes to the fore through the passionate and professional delivery of our courses. We know that there are many challenges that get in the way of our students succeeding; therefore, we have a wide range of services to guide and support you and to make sure that your time at Borders College is the best it can be, readying you for your next steps – whatever they may be.

Our high-quality learning environment also reflects current and emerging industry practice, in order to prepare you for your future career. We have the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, the Construction Hub at Tweedbank, the Hawick STEM Innovation Hub and Newtown St Boswells, which hosts our Land Based programmes. While we believe in the importance of a physical base to facilitate learning, increasingly we are adopting a digital blended learning approach to provide students with the flexibility to learn as and when they want.

So, whether you are leaving school, returning to learning, or striving to improve your skills and knowledge in the workplace, Borders College can help you to achieve your goals.

Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about your future success.

Pete Smith

  • Robert Campbell Pearson 16/8/1980 to 31/03/1997
  • Dr Robert Boyd Murray 01/04/1997 to 02/08/2006
  • Elizabeth Anne McIntyre 14/08/2006 to 04/12/2016
  • Angela Cox 30/01/2017 to 4/09/2022