Thomas Alexander Heathcote was born in Inverness while his father was serving in the RAF at Kinloss, and the family have many friends still in the Findhorn area. He won his first cap for Scotland off the bench in the 2012 EMC Test against Tonga at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen.
He was selected in Scotland's 2013 RBS 6 Nations squad and subsequently started at stand-off for Scotland A, kicking eight points in the 13-9 win over England Saxons (the side's first win on English soil on the sixth time of trying. He made two starts for Scotland in the 2013 summer quadrangular tournament against Samoa and Italy.
He attended Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury which has produced three internationalists, in the shape of England’s Richard Hill (both scrum-half and back-row forward) and Dave Egerton. On leaving school he was immediately snapped up by Bath Academy and has played for England at under-16, under-18 and under-20 levels.
He made his first team debut for Bath against Gloucester on 24 September 2011 and scored his first try for the club against Worcester in the LV= Cup. He was recently shortlisted for the 2013 LV= Breakthrough Player Award, after outstanding performances in the early stages of the competition.
He travelled to Argentina and South Africa with Scotland on the 2014 summer tour and was an unused replacement in the match against Argentina. For the 2014-15 season he is joining Edinburgh Rugby.