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Borders college to host Horse Care Open Day

People will have a chance to speak to students and staff for more info Credit: ITV Border

Borders College is hosting a 'Horse Care Open Day' ahead of the Common Riding and Festival season.

It is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Horse Care course available at the college, including the practical and theoretical sides of the equine industry. The facilities will also be open for people to view.

It is due to take place at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre (ISEC) near Selkirk on Wednesday, 3rd May from 2-7pm.

We are extremely lucky to have the use of the facilities at ISEC and are immensely proud of the success of our students who have achieved not only their national qualifications but also won the Lantra Equine Learner of the year for the last five years as well as been runner up twice.

– Alison Robertson, Course Tutor

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Michael Moore: Borders College 'best in Scotland'

Borders college has been described as 'the best in Scotland' by MP Michael Moore Credit: ITV Border

Local MP Michael Moore has described Borders College as ‘the best in Scotland’ following performance data released by the Scottish Funding Council.

The data showed that for 2013-14, the College had:

  • the highest student success rate of any college in Scotland for further education
  • the second highest rate for higher education students at college
  • the highest rate for learners with disabilities
  • the highest rate for learners in a second or subsequent year of their course.

Mr Moore has congratulated staff and students alike.

“I want to congratulate the students, the teaching staff and the management at Borders College on their exceptional performance in 2013-14.

“This data from the SFC clearly demonstrates that Borders College is the best in Scotland, with fantastic success rates particularly among disabled students and students in further education."

– Michael Moore, MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Students join in debate on Scottish Independence

They're key to the result of the vote on independence, and today 16 to 18-year-olds in the Borders have been exploring the issue of whether Scotland should go it alone.

Students took a break from lessons to attend a debate at Borders College in Galashiels, with local politicians taking questions from the audience.

Our correspondent Hannah McNulty reports:

Majority of students vote 'no' to Scottish Independence

Students at Borders College took part in a debate on Scottish Independence this morning.

They heard from both sides of the campaign before voting, as they will again in September's referendum.

The students were asked to answer the question 'should Scotland be an independent country?'

  • No 61%
  • Yes 26%
  • Undecided 13%

That compared to the vote before the debate began which showed:

  • No 54%
  • Yes 11%
  • Undecided 32%

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Students quizzed politicians about their future

Borders College students took part in a debate on their future Credit: ITV Border

Students from the Borders have been quizzing politicians about whether or not Scotland should go it alone.

The independence debate has been taking place at Borders College in Galashiels this morning.

MIchael Moore MP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP are leading the political panel - chaired by ITV Border's Political, Editor Peter MacMahon.

Around 170 Borders College students are attending the debate in Galashiels.

Students questioned politicians on Scottish Independence Credit: ITV Border

Students have asked questions to the political panel about everything from education, taxes, business, economy, banks and currency. But the biggest laugh was for the question, "would an independent Scotland do better in the Eurovision Song Contest?"

They heard from both campaigns Credit: ITV Border

At the end of the debate the students, who will all be able to vote in September's referendum, were asked ''should Scotland be an independent country?'

61% said 'No', 26% 'Yes' and 12% 'Undecided'.

That compared to the vote before the debate began which showed Yes 11% No 54% and Undecided 32%.

Borders College debates independence

Students at Borders College will take part in a debate on Scottish Independence today. Credit: PA

Students at Borders College will take part in a debate on Scottish Independence today.

The pupils will be given the chance to hear an overview of both campaigns and ask questions.

After the debate they'll be asked to vote on the referendum question - 'should Scotland be an independent country?' All the students attending will be old enough to vote in the real referendum in September.

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