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At Borders College we are delighted to offer Community classes at our main campuses and outreach centres throughout the Scottish Borders. You can study at a venue close to you, find more detail in our newsletter.
• Click on the eBook below to view the Community Class Newsletter and List of Courses. For a pdf version please click on this link.
• Click on the eBook below to view the Community Class Information Booklet which has information about each of our courses on offer. For a pdf version please click on this link.
We look forward to hearing from you!
If you would like to email any of our Community and Evening Learning Team please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Whether you are a school leaver, returning to learning or striving to improve your skills and knowledge in the workplace, Borders College, one of Scotland’s most successful colleges, can help you to achieve your goals. We offer a wide range of courses from an introductory level through to advanced courses at Higher National and degree level. Courses are available to study full time or part time, during the day or in the evenings.
With our modern Scottish Borders Campus, based at Netherdale in Galashiels, the home to the majority of our wide range of full-time and part-time courses, our Learning Campus in Hawick, and the recently enhanced Newtown St Boswells Campus, we ensure that students choosing to study at Borders College will benefit from first-class learning and teaching resources.
The result of a multi-million pound, groundbreaking project, the Scottish Borders Campus provides a unique learning and teaching environment featuring bespoke practical training areas, a modern, well stocked library and learning resource centre, enhanced IT facilities and bright, spacious student social areas.
The Scottish Borders Campus also hosts Heriot-Watt University’s world renowned School of Textiles and Design and the Borders Business Programme, the result of a unique partnership between the College and the University in creating a centre for educational excellence within the Scottish Borders region which enables both College and University students to each benefit from a range of shared facilities whilst still retaining their own distinct identities.
Our Newtown St Boswells Campus is a well recognised centre of excellence for Landbased studies, where students on the various Landbased courses have access to industry specialist practical areas and a dedicated learning resource centre, which are constantly being developed to offer students and industry partners unique high quality training facilities helping to meet the needs of an ever changing rural and landbased 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 which offers specific courses designed to meet the needs of local businesses, their workforce development and to provide educational opportunities to individuals within our local communities through a wide range of part-time day and evening courses.
You can apply online, on our main website, once you have selected the course of your choice.
When to Apply
We welcome applications from mid-November 2013.
If you are a student at the college currently and wish to apply for the next level of course you should submit your application before the deadline of 31st January 2014. Your application will be considered by the Faculty Progression Board in February. There is no requirement to be interviewed.
If you are a new applicant, for example currently at school, you should ensure that your application is in by the later deadline of 14th March 2014. You will be invited for interview between February and April 2014.
Late applications received after the deadlines will only be considered where places remain available.
Offer of place letters are issued in the week commencing 5th May 2014
Student Admission and Interview Policy and Procedures
To view our Student Admission and Interview Policy and Procedures please click on this link to visit the main college website
If you’ve already made up your mind and know which course you’d like to do then don’t delay, apply online - you will need a current email address and to have your personal statement prepared.
The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about your suitability for the course that you hope to study. You need to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment.
Explain why you want to study the course. Mention your hobbies and other special interests, any interests related to your chosen course, your skills, aptitudes and personal qualities, your future career aims, previous employment and relevant experience. Try to link them to the skills and experience required for the course.
If you feel that you have had little formal work experience, try to think of things you have done in your personal life that you could use for example.
Put these down in your statement and try to think what relevant skills you needed to do these things.
Personal statements are used to select candidates for interview for some courses and are discussed with you at interview, so be prepared to answer questions on it.
This may be your only written work that the course tutor sees before making a decision - make sure it is organised and well worded. Get the grammar, spelling and punctuation right. A statement filled with errors will give a negative impression of your skills and the effort you have put in to being accepted.
Your statement must be written in English, even if English is not your first language.
The personal statement is important in the selection process and should be carefully considered before submission. It should be between 250 and 300 words in length.
For Further Help and Guidance or Paper Applications
Please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01896 662516 or email: email@example.com
The Business Development Unit (formerly BC Consultants) is a single point of contact providing practical help and advice for employers to enable them to develop the skills of their employees.
The major strength of the Unit is in the team of industry specialists who work with organisations to identify the most appropriate learning route for employees and offer a full range of interventions from short courses to certificated work based learning.
We develop bespoke training solutions with our customers to ensure we deliver the training required to assist in business growth and product development.
The BDU also has its own website: bdu.borderscollege.ac.uk
08700 50 51 52
Student Advice Centre
01896 662 643
Full course information can be found on our main college website.
We believe that the important building blocks for a successful college and successful students are mutual respect, commitment, and a strong sense of community where all individuals, no matter what their background, have an opportunity to develop and improve. We welcomed the duties placed upon us by the Equality Act to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who are more likely to experience discrimination and those who are not as a positive step forward.
We consulted our staff, students and our local community on what is important in meeting our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and as a consequence and as a consequence will plan and work to achieve the following equality outcomes:
We recognise the benefits that we get from having a diverse community of staff and learners in the College and oppose all unfair forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or social background.
We provide a supportive environment with many specialist services to meet learners’ needs.
For full details of how we meet Equality, diversity and inclusion please visit the main college website by clicking this link.
Borders College, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE
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To use the App look for the AR logo within the NEW Prospectus for 2013 / 2014 (available from mid November) and scan the images that display the AR+ symbol.
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What is the Students Association?
BCSA is run for students by students. Its executive team leads in the organisation of a variety of activities and events to encourage students to try new experiences and meet new people, giving them the wider experience of College life while increasing their learning.
Class Representatives provide the main link for information from classes, through Faculty Council meetings to the Student Representative Council and on to several College committees.
Our mascot, Tartan Monkey, will be present at various events and his image appears on various items such as pens, key rings and car window stickers.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved in developing various events around social, welfare and wellbeing activities.
Alternatively, we would be delighted to support anyone who would like to set up a new club or group.
How to contact BCSA
You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone on 01896 662680 or call into the office in Room 0.062 in the stairwell of the Tower at Scottish Borders Campus. We will also make visits to Hawick and Newtown Campuses.
Tartan Monkey website: www.tartanmonkey.co.uk
At Borders College we are always delighted to read what our students have to say about their experiences with us.
We have a number of profiles on our main college website, in our Prospectus, on our YouTube channel and in Hard copy. Please click on the links to find out what our students have to say about Borders College.
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To order a hard copy of our Student profiles Booklet please email: email@example.com.
The College recognises that sometimes people have particular issues that make it harder for them to learn or develop new skills. These may be due to particular health problems, a sensory impairment, a mobility issue or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, for example. We welcome applications from all people regardless of circumstances and would wish for you tell us as early as possible if you think there is something that may create an extra barrier to you achieving your learning goals. We will discuss these issues with you and will make any reasonable adjustment or provide specific support services that will support you in being successful in your application and future studies. We are proud of the achievements of our students and are aware that the support that we provide to you if you face additional challenges in studying at college will help you to have an equal chance of success.
If you wish to contact about a specific issue for which you may need advice or support please contact the Student Advice Centre. Telephone: 01896 662506 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of our Campuses have modern facilities that are easily accessible. However, we are always happy to receive feedback on how access can be improved. We are also interested in ideas as to how we could improve the quality of our support services. If you have an idea on how our services can be improved please contact David Killean email: email@example.com who is the Vice Principal responsible.
Preparing for your college Interview
When you’re offered an interview at College, you may feel nervous before the interview. Doing some preparation beforehand will help you increase your confidence. Always remember the purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to learn about you, and for you to find out about the College
Get yourself organised
On the day
Be on time. Set off in plenty of time, to arrive at least 10 minutes before the interview time. This gives you time before the interview to gather your thoughts and freshen up and gives you a little extra time for any unforeseen minor delays on the way.
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!
At the Interview
Sell yourself at the interview
Finally, don’t worry about being nervous. It’s only natural, and the interviewer will expect it.
Further Help and Guidance
For further help and guidance, please contact: Student Advice Centre on 01896 662516 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.