Borders College Application Form (Main)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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: http://www.borderscollege.ac.uk/contact-us/data-protection-and-privacy/privacy-notice 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 email@example.com
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: http://www.borderscollege.ac.uk/contact-us/data-protection-and-privacy/privacy-notice/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Contact information
Emergency Contact Relationship
Residency & Funding
What is your Country of Residence?
Will you be living in Scotland on the first day of your course?
Will you have been living in the UK for the 3 last years from your course start date?
Do you have settled status?
Were you born in the UK?
Have you been living in the EU*/EEA/Switzerland/Turkey for the 3 last years from your course start date?
Are you currently in the UK on a student travel or study visa?
What is your first Language?
Current Employment/Education status
Please tell us the most recent school you've attended
What is your highest Qualification held?
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
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?
Which of the following best describes your Caring Responsibilties?
Have you been in, are currently in care, or from a looked-after background at any stage in your life?
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?
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?
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: http://www.yourrights.org.uk
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.
As a student of Borders College, you are entitled to have the opportunity to be part of our College community by becoming a member of the Borders College Alumni Association.
Do you wish to Join the Borders College Alumni?
How did you find out about our courses?