Rural Skills Pathways

An innovative partnership funded by the Scottish Funding Council showcasing career pathways for the land based sector in the South of Scotland.

A Borders College and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) partnership.

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This publication highlights opportunities in a number of disciplines which include Animal Care, Horticulture and Landscaping, Conservation, Forestry and Gamekeeping and Landscaping from SCQF level 4 up to SCQF level 8 and above. Potential students are able to see the courses on offer from either organisation and at which level they can study, along with the opportunities to further develop within their chosen area.

Rural Skills Pathways Prospectus

Click on the down arrow, above, to download a pdf copy of the Prospectus.

With a strong record of serving the land based sector in the South of Scotland, both Borders College and SRUC aim to improve awareness of the further and higher education courses offered in this key sector by showcasing the range of learning opportunities available. These include flexible short courses and practical-based opportunities on offer at all stages.

Animal Care

  • Animal Care
  • Horse Care
  • Race Horse Care
  • Rural Skills for Work Animal Care

Horticulture and Landscaping

  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Parks, Gardens and Green Space
  • Partnership Borders College & UHI
  • Rural Skills for Work – Land-based

Conservation, Forestry and Gamekeeping

  • Forestry
  • Gamekeeping
  • Rural Skills for Work – Land-based
  • Trees and Timber
  • Wildlife and Conservation Management
  • Wildlife Management & Gamekeeping


  • Agriculture
  • Countryside Skills
  • Investigation of Modern Agriculture
  • Land-based Engineering
  • Local Food Production
  • Mixed Farming
  • Modern Agriculture
  • Rural Skills for Work

To find out more about all of our courses, please follow this link and search for the Learning Opportunity that you are interested in.

To order a printed copy, please email your request to Please include your name and full postal address, including post code.

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