Borders College

Rural Skills

The Land and Animal Management section is sited at the Newtown St Boswells campus, which is ideally situated for access to the countryside. The section 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 is conducive to learning.The section is well-equipped with tractors, ATVs, machinery, small plant, workshops, a large modern glasshouse, access to two local riding schools, Riddell Estate, an animal care centre and access to two large local fields. In addition there are five up-to-date classrooms equipped with computers that have access to the internet.There is a large portfolio of short courses available within the land-based sector, which are delivered from the Newtown St Boswells Campus.


Rural Skills

  • Agriculture
  • All Terrain Vehicles (ATV)
  • Animal Care
  • British Horse Society Riding and Road Safety
  • Brush Cutting, Strimmer Clearance Saw  Operation and Maintenance
  • Certificate of Competence in the Transport of Animals by Road (Short Journeys)
  • Chainsaw Maintenance Cross-cut and fell
  • Deer Management
  • Forestry NPA
  • Fox and Rabbit control by Snaring
  • Gamekeeping
  • Horse Care
  • Horticulture
  • Land-based Service Engineering
  • Landscaping
  • Mixed Farming Modern Apprenticeship
  • Mole Control
  • Stihl Saw Operation and Maintenance
  • Tractor driving for Beginners
  • Welding

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.

Borders College, Newtown St Boswells, Scottish Borders, TD6 0PL