Rural Skills

The Rural Skills department is located at the Newtown St Boswells campus.

This site is ideally situated for access to the countryside, with approximately ten acres of farmland for college use within a short walk of the campus.

Newtown campus

The site has excellent links with the land-based sector and uses this special relationship to allow students access to the relevant local business, charities, large estates and farms in the Borders Region, Northumberland and nationally.

The Land and Animal Management department is sited at the Newtown St Boswells campus, which is ideally situated for access to the countryside.  The department has excellent links with the land-based sector and uses this special relationship to allow students access to the many large estates and farms in the Borders Region, Northumberland and nationally. This gives a realistic working environment which supports student practical learning.

We enjoy the benefits of being well-equipped with tractors, ATVs, machinery, small plant, workshops, a large modern glasshouse, access to  Riddell Estate, and animal care centre. There is a large portfolio of short courses available which can be delivered from the Newtown St Boswells Campus and on location.

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  • Address: Borders College, Newtown St Boswells, Scottish Borders, TD6 0PL
     

Course Areas

  •   Agriculture
  •   All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)
  •   Animal Care
  •   Brush Cutting, Strimmer Clearance Saw Operation and Maintenance
  •   Chainsaw Maintenance Cross-cut and fell
  •   Deer Management
  •   Forestry NPA
  •   Fox and Rabbit control by Snaring
  •   Gamekeeping
  •   Horse Care
  •   Horticulture
  •   Land-based Apprenticeships
  •   Land-based Service Engineering
  •   Landscaping
  •   Local Food production NPA
  •   Mixed Farming Modern Apprenticeship
  •   Mole Control
  •   Nature Skills Training
  •   Poultry Keeping, Introduction to
  •   Scottish Racing Academy
  •   Stihl Saw Operation and Maintenance
  •   Tractor driving for Beginners
  •   Welding

Rural Skills – Community Renewal Fund – Video Overview

Let's 'grow together' and #prosper

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. 

For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-commjnity-renewal-fund-prospectus

UK Government and Scottish Borders Council Logos

Agriculture – not just for boys!

Borders College addressing gender imbalance – one student at a time!

Working towards the Scottish Government’s ambition to ensure equitable admissions by gender.

Newtown St Boswells Campus from the air

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Please get in touch for an informal chat about how we can support your business to develop, grow and #prosper.
Andrew Johnson – Rural Skills and Development Manager

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Rural Skills Commercial Courses Logo

The Rural Skills Commercial Courses logo was designed by Graphic Design student Signe Goss-Hansen as part of a project run for the students. Each year, the design students undertake the 'Client-Initiated Project' where they find a real design job that will be printed/applied to a business or organisation. 

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