History of the College

Borders College was formed in 1984 by the amalgamation of Galashiels Technical College, Henderson Technical College (Hawick), Duns Agricultural Centre and the Agricultural Centre, Newtown St. Boswells. On April 1st 1993 under the Further Education (Scotland) Act 1992, the College was transferred from the Borders Regional Council to a Body Corporate.

Main functions of Borders College

Borders College operates from 3 main sites (Galashiels, Hawick and St. Boswells) and is the regional college for the Scottish Borders.

Each year, around 5500 students enrol for a wide range of courses and programmes, both day and evening, to HND level and beyond, particularly in subject areas that will enable them to dovetail into local employment opportunities. Partnerships have been developed with a number of Scottish universities to provide students with a seamless progression to degree level programmes often with advanced standing.

The College has developed its provision in line with local needs and has extensive links with industry and commerce by way of its industrial liaison network. Working closely with its local partners, the College has shaped its curriculum in line the needs of the local labour market.