Borders College

Jen MacKenzie

Jen MacKenzie

Student Services Team Leader
01896 662594 / 07788 320294

The information on this page was last updated on 23 August 2019.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

Borders College welcomes applications from young people in care and care leavers. The college has signed the Who Cares? Scotland Pledge, and also the Care Leavers' Covenant.

It is important to tell us if you are care-experienced. Our commitment and promise is to support you in every way we can; to listen to what matters to you, to assist in removing barriers, and to help ensure you have the best possible experience with us.

You will have a single point of contact, who will be your dedicated support worker throughout your chosen programme of study. You can tell us any time, but sooner is always better. Even if you are just thinking about college as a possibility, your single point of contact will help you explore your interests, find the best course, and talk through your options, funding and support. If you do decide to study, they’ll even help you to fill out your application forms.

What support am I entitled to?

Your dedicated support worker will support you to overcome any additional barriers created by any life circumstances that may affect your attendance, progression and achievement on your chosen programme of study. If you tell us that you are care-experienced, we will:

  • be there to provide you with help and advice about courses, funding and support services#
  • help make the transition to college as smooth as possible (this might be as simple as showing you around the campus before you become a student)
  • help you, if needed, to fill in forms and gather paperwork
  • guide you on your funding entitlement
  • guide and support you during your studies, in a way that is seamless and invisible to others
  • listen and be responsive to your needs and what matters to you
  • help you to overcome any obstacles that arise or could become a barrier to success
  • be there when you need us, and as a friendly face just to ask how you are doing
  • help you move on when it’s time – whether to another course with us, moving on to university, employment, or taking on something new.

All information will be treated as confidential.

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

The college will guarantee prioritising the processing of bursary applications for young people in care and care leavers, whenever the application is made.