Big College Open Week

21-28 March

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Big College Open Week



This year colleges across Scotland will come together for the second year for the Big College Open Week.

From Thursday 21 March to Thursday 28 March we will be throwing open college doors to showcase all that the sector has to offer at a national level. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the benefits and pathways offered by colleges – and we hope to demonstrate this through an exciting range of activities in every college through the week.

Big College Open Week is part of the #ChooseCollege collaborative national campaign, organised by the CDN Marketing and Communications Network, highlighting the importance of Scotland’s colleges and encourage potential students to – Choose College.

To support you with the marketing campaign, we’ve created a Marketing Toolkit which includes suggested social media posts and design assets.

It’s your time to Explore Scotland’s Colleges.

Check out what’s on offer…

College Campus Date/Activity For Further Information
Borders College Scottish Borders Campus


Newtown St Boswells Campus

Borders College Open Day 2024

Wednesday 20 March (1.30pm-6.00pm)

Come along to our Open Day and find out about all the great learning opportunities available at Borders College.

There’s lots happening, including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Course Advice and Information
  • Funding and Transport
  • Interactive Demonstrations
  • Refreshments
  • Students’ Association
  • Activities
  • SDS and DYW
  • Support
  • Tours
More info:

Fife College
Dunfermline Campus Dunfermline Campus Open Day

Tuesday 26 March


Each of our open days will feature an Exhibition Area showcasing each of our subject areas, allowing visitors to ask questions and meet the lecturers. There will also be a series of taster sessions where visitors can get hands on and try out some of our subject areas.

The event is open to everyone, whether they are current students, have applied already, are thinking of applying for 2024/25 courses or are just looking to find out more about the College. It is free to attend and there is no need to pre-register, just show up on the day. More information will be posted on their social media pages.
Glenrothes Campus Glenrothes Campus Open Day

Wednesday 27 March


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Kirkcaldy Campus Kirkcaldy Campus Open Day

Thursday 28 March (4pm-7pm)

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Forth Valley College
Falkirk Campus Open Evening Thursday 21 March (4.30pm-7.30pm)

Attendees will have the opportunity to find out about the wide range of courses available at Forth Valley College for 2024 entry.

Find out more:

Falkirk Campus Open Evening March 2024 | Forth Valley College

Newbattle Abbey College Newbattle Abbey College Newbattle Abbey College Open Day

Tuesday 26 March (3.30pm – 6.30pm)

Throughout the open day there will be the opportunity to speak with members of our Learning and Teaching team to find out more about the courses, as well as the opportunity to apply on the day.

Our current students will lead college tours and we will have refreshments available.

More info:

News – Newbattle Abbey College (

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) SRUC Barony Campus Wildlife and Conservation Taster Day

Friday 22 March (10am – 12.30pm)

The Wildlife and Conservation Management team will lead you on a species and habitat exploration of the Barony Campus – we will look at how we can survey for wildlife and to start looking at the conservation methods we can employ. We will demonstrate different techniques and equipment we use in the course as well as letting you have a go. We will also give you a taster of how we might go about identifying species we might be working with.

Rural Business Management Taster Day

Friday 22 March (10am – 12.30pm)

Join us to learn more about the exciting Rural Business Management course and take part in an interactive Rural Business simulation. This will be done indoors.

Animal Care Taster Day

Friday 22 March (10am – 12.30pm)

An information session on the Animal Care courses offered at SRUC and then activities in the animal centre. Taking part in animal husbandry activities with a range of species. Please ensure appropriate clothing is worn and hair tied back.

Veterinary Nursing and Animal Nursing Assistant Taster Day

Friday 22 March (10am – 12.30pm)

Join us for a tour of the farm facilities on campus followed by some exciting agriculture related activities. Please wear outdoor gear and waterproof footwear.


Forestry and Arboriculture Taster Day

Friday 22 March (10am – 12.30pm)

Join us for a hands-on outdoor activity and see what a day looks like in forestry and arboriculture. Please wear outdoor flat shoes, hair tied back and appropriate outdoor clothing.

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SRUC Elmwood Gamekeeping Taster Day

Monday 25 March (2pm – 3.30pm)

Join our Gamekeeping department for an overview of the gamekeeping courses run at SRUC and take a tour of the gamekeeping workshop and facilities.You will also have the opportunity to meet and chat to our gamekeeping student ambassadors about their experience at Elmwood. The afternoon will conclude with a practical activity, so please wear suitable footwear and clothing.

Animal Care Taster Day

Tuesday 26 March (1.30pm – 3pm)

Join our Animal Care department for a taster day at our purpose-built animal care unit. Come along and meet our friendly team and our huge range of residents, including tropical fish, exotic reptiles and small mammals. Hear about the study options available and enjoy a practical session with our specialist lecturers.

Horticulture Taster Day

Tuesday 26 March (2pm – 3.30pm)

Ever wondered what being a horticultural student at Elmwood would be like? Why not join our horticulture department for an afternoon? Meet our lecturers, take a tour of the beautiful grounds and facilities and take part in some practical activities.

Wildlife and Countryside Management Taster Day

Monday 29 March (9.30am – 11am)

Join our Wildlife and Countryside Management lecturer for a taster day at our Elmwood Campus.
Enjoy a morning of species identification, foraging and bird ringing (if weather allows) and gain some valuable insight into what a course in Wildlife and Countryside Management at SRUC is like.

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SRUC Edinburgh Gardener’s Paradise

Thursday 21 March (5pm-6.30pm)

Join us at SRUC Edinburgh for a taster of our Horticulture courses where you will take part in a trio of activities including: Sowing seeds in flower beds; a model making design activity; and creating mocktails using locally grown produce like apples and mint.

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SRUC Aberdeen Rural Business Management Taster Day

Thursday 21 March (2pm – 4.30pm)

A look at food and drink provenance and the importance of cutting food miles. Students will then have the chance to channel their inner entrepreneur and participate in a Dragon’s Den activity to come up with a solution to some key issues.

Animal Care Taster Day

Monday 25 March (2pm – 4.30pm)

An Introduction to Canine First Aid

Animal Care Taster Day

Thursday 28 March (2pm – 4.30pm)

An Introduction to Environmental Enrichment for Small Animals

Make your move for Climate Action

Friday 22 March (2pm – 5pm)

Try out an E-Bike, get a safety check and tips on keeping your bike safe.

Agriculture Taster Day

Thursday 28 March (2pm – 4.30pm)

An introduction to modern Agriculture: sheep practical’s, stock judging, machinery fault finding, crop ID.

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UHI Moray UHI Moray Open Day

Tuesday 26 March (3.30pm – 6pm)

Open the door to your future with our Open Day.
Find out more about our range of full-time, part-time and short courses
Meet our lecturing teams and ask them your questions
Gain advice on student funding, how to apply… and more…

Sports Coaching Open Day

Thursday 21 March (4.30pm – 6.30pm)

Drop into our Sports Coaching Open Day for a chance to meet the lecturers, chat about our courses, ask questions and see our facilities. Join our Sports department as they open the doors to our Fitness Suite and Games Hall for an evening of interactive and informative experiences where you will:
Learn about our HNC Sports Coaching and Development Course
Take part in practical activities led by our current students
Hear from guest speakers and put your questions to the lecturers themselves.
UHI Perth Open Day Event

Thursday 21 March, (2-4pm)

A series of talks on the student experience you can enjoy at UHI Perth.

Ideal for those thinking about coming to study in September, those who have already applied and parents or carers. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the support and facilities available to our students.

Hear from our:
– Careers Adviser
– Student Accommodation officer
– Library
– Funding Adviser
– Student Services including: Additional Support, Mental Health, Student Counsellor, Wellbeing and Support, Student Engagement, Transitions.

A detailed schedule will be available shortly here:

No need to book, just drop into the sessions that interest you.
West College Scotland Clydebank, Paisley & Greenock Open Day/Nights

Tuesday 26 March – Clydebank Campus (10-1pm and 5-7pm)

Wednesday 27 March – Greenock Campus (Finnart Street) (10-1pm and 5-7pm)

Thursday 28 March – Paisley Campus (Renfrew Road) (10-1pm and 5-7pm)

More info:

March Open Days – West College Scotland