The Rural Skills department is located at the Newtown St Boswells campus. This site is ideally situated for access to the countryside, with approximately ten acres of farmland for college use within a short walk of the campus.
The section has excellent links with the land-based sector and uses this special relationship to allow students access to the relevant local business, charities, large estates and farms in the Borders Region, Northumberland and nationally.
This gives a realistic, practical working environment which is essential for the delivery of rural skills training. The section is well-equipped with an animal care facility, tractors, ATVs plus training track, machinery, small plant, workshops, a large modern glasshouse, access to local riding schools and Riddell Estate. In addition, there are modern classrooms equipped with videoconferencing equipment and up to date laptops for student use. There is an extensive portfolio of short courses available within the rural skills sector. These short courses are delivered from the Newtown St Boswells Campus.