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Borders College Application Form (Main)

Course NameStart DateEnd DateSite
HNC Cyber Security - FT21/08/202314/06/2024Scottish Borders Campus

Before you begin...


You must use a personal email address when applying online. Borders College will send you important information about your application by email, so use an email address that you check regularly. On submission of your application you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt email within 5 working days. If you do not receive this please, first of all, check your SPAM filter/folder before contacting

Personal Statement

If you are applying for a course, you will need to complete a personal statement. We recommend that you prepare this in advance then simply paste it into the Personal Statement form. This will allow you to use a spell-checker

New Applicants

If you are a new applicant, for example currently at school, you should make an application as soon as possible. Some of our courses experience high demand.

What to expect next:

Once the teaching team have reviewed your application, your application will be moved to the next stage in the process. Depending on which course you have applied for, this will be one of the following options:

  • Invited to attend an interview session OR
  • Issued with a full offer of place OR
  • Issued with a conditional offer of place OR
  • Referred to another course, or to Skills Development Scotland.

Please note, completion of our application form will take a minimum of 20 minutes. It is advised to have all the information you require e.g. your personal statement, qualifications and referee details ready prior to commencing and that you have set enough time aside to complete the application. Please ensure that you check your information following completion of the form and click on the "SUBMIT" button before closing the window.

Privacy and Consent

Click here to see the complete Borders College Data Protection and Privacy Policy.

At Borders College we take your privacy seriously and look after your personal information responsibly. Further information about what data we collect, who we share it with (for example the Scottish Funding Council) and your rights under privacy law (e.g. the right to be informed, the right of access etc) can be found in the College website here: Privacy Notices are part of your rights under data protection law (right to be informed) and the College wants to assure you that we take these rights seriously. If you have any questions regarding your rights, you can contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO) at


Under data protection law, you have the right to be informed (amongst other rights), this means that the College must communicate to you how we process your data, who we share your data with, what your rights are and how long we keep your information for. We collect your personal data as detailed on this form. We share your information with the statutory bodies we are required to report to, e.g. Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) etc. We are required to collect this information under the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act 2013 and the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005. We only hold your data for the period of time that you study at the College and 5 further years. Following this your information will be destroyed securely, in line with College procedures. The full enrolment privacy notice is available on the College's website here: This notice includes further detail as to how data is processed, who it is shared with, the legal basis for processing and details of all your rights under data protection law and how you can exercise these rights. If you have any queries, our Data Protection Officer (DPO) can be contacted by emailing

Personal Details

Email Address
Email (Please enter again)
First Forename
Surname (Family Name)

Have you ever been known under a different name?

Previous Surname

Date of Birth

Contact Details

Please enter your Home Address:

Please enter your postcode or partial address below:


Please select your address from the list below:

Search Results

Town / City

Do you have a different term-time address:

Term Time Address

If you are living away from home during your studies, please provide the details of your Term Time address below


Please select your address from the list below:

Search Results

Property / Street

Contact Number (Home Telephone)
Scottish Candidate Number

Emergency Contact information

Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Relationship
Emergency Contact Phone number
Emergency Contact Email Address

Further Details

Please note that the college does not automatically provide students with laptops and you are required to provide your own laptop/device during your studies.

However, in certain circumstances we may be able to provide some students with a laptop.

Do you wish to be considered for a loan laptop?

Please view and read the laptop loan terms and conditions...

Residency & Funding


Reason for coming to the UK?
Are you on a student travel or study visa?

Have you lived in Scotland since birth?

Do you currently live in Scotland?

When have you lived in Scotland since?

Do you currently live in the UK?

When have you lived in the UK since?

Do you live in the EU?

Please email the Borders College Finance Department at

Current Employment/Education status

Employment Status
Please tell us the most recent school you've attended
Are you still at your last School?
What is your highest Qualification held?
Number of Highers at A-C
Number of A-levels at A-E
Number of other Nationals, Standard Grade, SCE, GCSE at 1-3 or A-C
Number of other Nationals Standard Grade, SCE, GCSE at 4-5 or D-E
Number of National Units


Please enter any other qualifications you've gained, Use 'Add Row' to add multiple

Enter either your actual known grade or the grade that you expect to achieve.

If your qualification is not in the list select other and use the subject box to enter your qualification

You do not need to list individual units, only full awards such as National Qualifications, Highers, HNC/D’s etc

QualificationGradeDateLevelPredicted Grade

Equality Data Monitoring

We believe that providing equality of opportunity to anyone applying to college is of the greatest importance.

Unfortunately, there have been times when people have been deprived of opportunities because of the colour of their skin, their gender, their sexual orientation, their religion or because of a disability. We want to make sure that this doesn’t happen at Borders College. For this reason, we are asking sensitive personal questions about you in this section so that we can make sure you are getting a fair chance. It will also help us to offer you services to make the most of your time at College if you need and want them.

The data you provide will be kept securely, is confidential and protected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EU 2016/679 and the new Data Protection Act 2018. We will use the data to ensure our services are being fair to everyone. We will share the data with the Scottish Funding Council who will treat it confidentially and will use it only for statistical purposes.

We would like you to complete all the questions in this section to help us make sure our services are fair but there are always the options to tell us you would prefer not to say.

Do you have any disabilities or learning difficulties?

Primary Disability/Learning Difficulty

Secondary Disability/Learning Difficulty

If you have more - please tell us in the box below:


Would you need any additional support?

What kind of support?

Please tell us more about the kind of support you might need

Do you have unpaid caring responsibilities for a family member or a friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental health or addiction problems?

Have you been in, are currently in care, or from a looked-after background at any stage in your life?

Type of care setting?*

Are you a care leaver (someone who has left care i.e. kinship, Foster/Supported Carers, Residential or Looked After at home in the last 5 years?)

Which of the following best describes your Caring Responsibilties?


Which of the following best describes your accomodation during term-time?
Home circumstance (when attending college)
Are you estranged from your Family?

An estranged person is someone who no longer has the support of their family due to a breakdown in their relationship which has led to ceased contact. This might mean your biological or adoptive parents or wider family members who have been responsible for supporting you in the past. Estranged students have no experience of being in care and do not have a corporate parent responsible for them


Please indicate your Ethnic Group

This information is required for statistical purposes and to meet the College's obligation under the Race Relations (Amended) Act 2000

Special Interest Groups:

Please select one of the values below if you are being supported into education

Equality & Diversity

For the following questions - if you'd prefer not to answer, please select 'Prefer not to say'

Please indicate your religion
Sexual Orientation: Which of the following options best describes how you think of yourself?


What are your preferred pronouns?
Is your current gender (or sex) the same as the gender you were born with?
Have you ever identified as a Trans person?
Are you pregnant, or have you given birth in the past year?
What is your first Language?
Do you have any unspent Criminal Convictions?

You must disclose any unspent conviction you may have. Disclosure will not automatically discount you from interview. The College will accept applications from individuals with a criminal record on their merits, only taking into account convictions considered to be relevant to the course applied for. You will be required to supply details in a letter marked 'Private and Confidential' detailing the conviction(s). The content of the letter should outline the incidents(s), when it was, how it was dealt with (i.e. sentence received), explanation of circumstances at the time and what are your current circumstances. You can find out how long it takes for a conviction to become spent by visiting the Liberty website at:

Personal Statement

The application personal statement section does not spell check your statement. It is advisable to prepare in advance and paste into the box below.

The personal statement is important in the selection process and should be carefully considered before submission. No more than 300 words in length.

Please provide a personal statement providing details of:

  • • your skills, aptitudes and personal qualities.
  • • any interests related to your chosen course.
  • • your future career aims.
  • • previous employment.
  • • relevant experience.
  • • hobbies and other special interests.

Personal Statement


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Check and Complete

Please check your information is correct before submitting this form.

Please note that you must complete this form and click the "Next" button at the bottom of the screen to complete your application. Wait for the Thankyou message to appear
Your application will NOT be processed if you just close the browser at this point.


Borders College has the right to amend the content and/or the requirements of the courses without any form of compensation becoming payable to students. In the event of a course being cancelled, the College’s liability will be limited to a refund of fees already paid.


The College is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. The information provided in the form and results achieved, may be shared with the relevant organisations and partners, including Awarding bodies, Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland. The methods of storing and using your information are subject to other Acts of Parliament. Sensitive data will only be shared with the Scottish Funding Council for statistical purposes.


For some courses where the students may have a work experience placement working with children or vulnerable adults the College requires the successful applicants to undergo enhanced disclosure checks. For these courses you are also required to disclose all convictions both spent and unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exception) (Scotland) Order 2003. The Act states that any person who comes into contact with young people under the age of 18 during their course must declare all previous convictions – spent or not. Therefore failure to do so may result in dismissal from your course. This applies only to all care courses and some sports courses.


On submitting you are consenting to the college approaching your referee(s) to take up references.

Summary Of Application