Newbattle Abbey College

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Newbattle Abbey College is the only adult education college in Scotland where students have the chance to stay on a residential basis. It runs courses specifically designed for adults looking for a second chance to learn – its motto is ‘Sero Sed Serio’, which means ‘late but in earnest’.

It is located in a stunning 16th Century mansion house, with 125 acres of beautiful parkland and ancient woodland, just a few miles from the city of Edinburgh.

Courses and subjects

Courses available are: Arts and Social Sciences: Access to Higher Education (SWAP); Celtic Studies: Access to Higher Education (SWAP); HNC Horticulture (in conjunction with UHI Argyll); Preparation for Learning and Work; Primary Education: Access to Higher Education (SWAP); NC Rural Skills; NC Social Sciences; and HNC Social Sciences. The HNC Social Science course offers progression to year 2 of some degree courses at Queen Margaret University.

Facilities and services

The residential facilities at the college include a private furnished room and laundry facilities. The majority of rooms are en-suite. All meals are provided but there is a shared kitchen available. WiFi is available throughout the residence. There is a student common room that has a TV, a snooker table, and table tennis facilities. The main building has communal areas that can be used for social activities. Within the grounds is a community garden. Learning facilities include a well stocked library with study areas and two IT suites with internet access. Counselling, learning support and financial advice are available to all students. Each student at Newbattle College has a Personal Guidance Tutor whose responsibility it is to make sure students have academic and pastoral support.


The college provides adults with few or no qualifications the opportunity to learn in a supportive environment. They also run courses on Beekeeping for Beginners, offering practical hands on experience around looking after bees. 


Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals

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Contact Details

Newbattle Road
EH22 3LL

0131 663 1921