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Vocational

At East Durham College, we offer a huge range of vocational course options available at our Peterlee, Houghall (Durham) and Technical Academy campuses.

Are you interested in studying a vocational programme at EDC?

Vocational programmes are all about you studying a particular subject and focusing your skills in that area. For example, you might study hairdressing, training to become a hairdresser, or study equine, with the aim of becoming a horse trainer.

At East Durham College, we offer vocational courses at all three of our campuses.

You'll find the following courses at each campus:

Peterlee

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Accountancy
  • Art & Design
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Bricklaying
  • Business Studies (Peter Jones Enterprise Academy)
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Childcare & Adult Care
  • Computing & ICT
  • Counselling
  • Creative Media Production
  • Foundation Studies
  • Hairdressing & Barbering
  • Music and Music Technology
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Uniformed Public Services

Technical Academy

  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Plumbing & Heating Engineering
  • Welding

Houghall Campus (Durham)

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Care
  • Arboriculture & Forestry (Tree Surgery)
  • Dog Grooming
  • Equine and Horse Care
  • Floristry
  • Foundation Studies
  • Horticulture
  • Land & Wildlife Management
  • Veterinary Nursing
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You may be interested in…

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Powered Pole Pruner Maintenance and Operation

This course is for individuals who operate and carry out powered pole pruner tasks as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry, or other industries. It will provide the individual with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out this work.
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    2022-2023
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    Part Time
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    Vocational

Working with People with Mental Health Needs (Level 2 Certificate)

On this course you will explore the legal framework and guidance which applies to those with mental health issues, and look at the concept of risk assessment within mental health as well as the implications of duty of care and the dilemmas that can arise when risks have to be balanced.
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    2022-2023
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    Distance Learning
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    Vocational

Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology Studies (Sept 2023)

You will learn how to sculpt nails and create artistic designs using airbrush. You will cover how to safely use e-file to cut down on your treatment time.
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    2023-2024
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    Adult Learner
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    Part Time
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    Vocational

Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing

This qualification is for those interested in a career in hairdressing. It cover: Shampooing, Cutting, Styling, Colouring, Perming, Client consultation and Reception duties.
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    2023-2024
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    16 to 18
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    Adult Learner
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    Full Time
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    Vocational
For general full time or part time course enquiries, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.