15 Awesome Reasons to Study at East Durham College

Of course, we’re a bit biased, but we happen to think East Durham College is one of the very finest places in the area to study.

If you’re debating going off to college after you’ve finished school, fancy a change of career and are looking for a course or are just weighing up your options on what to do next, considering a move to EDC should be top of your list.

Why, you ask? Well, let us tell you!

15 – Fuelled by Starbucks

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We know our students love great coffee (who doesn’t?) – that’s why we’ve partnered up with the coffee-chain Starbucks to make sure we proudly serve a selection of their finest beverages at The Hatch down in the foyer at our Peterlee campus.

So, if you’ve got a bit of downtime between your lessons, pop along with your chums for a cuppa, a grande, a frappucino, a slice of cake, a cookie, a scone or whatever else you fancy (go on, you deserve it!).

14 – Acing A-Levels

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Thinking about studying A-Levels? A fine choice!

What you may not know is that East Durham College’s sixth form, ED6, has for the past two years had a 100% pass rate for A-Levels thanks to our hard-working students and awesome knowledge of our ED6 staff.

We’ve got loads of A-Levels to choose from too – hit the link to have a look!

13 – FREE Bus Travel!

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Worried about getting to college? With EDC, you don’t have to!

We have partnered with Arriva to offer free bus travel to and from college for our students (makes life a bit easier, doesn’t it?).

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that your bus service will fly.

12 – Oh Hey, Houghall!

Did you know East Durham College actually has three campuses? You’ll likely be familiar with our campus in Peterlee, but we also have a campus in the middle of Durham too!

Houghall is the place where you’ll go to study land-based courses – so if you’re thinking of doing things such as animal care, agriculture, horticulture (fancy word for gardening and related things) and other land-related courses, you’ll find all the facilities you need to study these at the Houghall Campus.

It’s also recently undergone a multi-million-pound redevelopment so it’s even better than ever! You’ll now find all of the following at Houghall:

476-acre estate with working farm, purpose-built animal care centre, commercial dog grooming salon, specialist veterinary nursing training facilities, 22-bay dog kennel unit, dog agility and exercise area, agriculture centre with pig and cattle unit with forage store, equine centre with 28 stables, training workshops, tackroom, all-weather ménage and international standard 40 x 40m indoor arena and so much more!

Not too shabby, eh?

11 – The Finest Cuisine

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School dinners are horrible, just like the one above, right?  Wrong – EDC’s are top quality.

Headed up by our master caterers using fresh meat and produce sourced from our Houghall Campus, we offer great meals for equally great costs. If you’re eligible, we also offer free meals for students aged 16-18 too!

As we’re writing this, they’re serving up corned beef pie, spring rolls and even chicken parmos. Hang on – we’ll just have to pop down and grab something…

10 – A Bit of Pampering

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Overseen by our master hairdressers, barberers and beauty professionals, our Salon is open to the public and students for haircuts, manicures, massages and more!

If you’re coming along to study hairdressing or beauty, you’ll work in The Salon and get to try out your new skills on members of the public too.

Perfect for prepping you for working at a salon or starting your own business.

9 – Vocational Courses Galore

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A-Levels not for you? No problem – we’ve got plenty of vocational courses to throw yourself into instead!

Vocational courses are more work-based, practical and centre around a specific subject, and are great for pursuing your future career in an absolutely huge range of industries.

Deep breath – we offer vocational courses in:

Agriculture, Animal Care, Applied Science, Art and Design, Beauty Therapy, Brickwork, Business, Carpentry and Joinery, Catering, Childcare, Computing/ICT, Countryside and Wildlife Management, Electro-Technical Technology, Engineering/Manufacturing, Equine, Floristry, Hairdressing/Barbering, Health and Social Care, Horticulture, Media, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Music, Outdoor Education, Painting and Decorating, Performing Arts, Plastering, Plumbing and Heating, Sport, Travel and Tourism,  Tree Surgery and Management, Uniformed Public Services and Veterinary Nursing.

Phew, that’s a lot. Find out more about them all by clicking here.

8 – Tremendous Tech

Remember before when we mentioned we have three campuses? There’s Peterlee, Houghall and finally there’s also The Technical Academy!

A huge, 37,000 square foot space, the Tech Academy is home to our top-notch engineering, manufacturing and some of our construction-related training.

Inside, you’ll find a motor vehicle workshop (even with hydraulic lifts), an electro-technical workshop, four engineering workshops (including £100k of new equipment!), six welding bays, a CAD suite and design centre and a bespoke plumbing and heating workshop.

There’s also a catering hatch, social space, learning resources area, IT suite, classrooms and even a pool table!

7 – Come to College, Get Cash

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Yep, if you come to East Durham College and you’re aged 16 to 18, you’re eligible for some FREE money!

Here’s the deal:

  • Get £10 per week (works out at £360 per academic year) if your household income is £25,000 or below
  • Get £100 per academic year (paid at £50 in February and £50 in July) if your household income is £25,001 or above

You’ll have to work hard to keep these though – you’ll only get them if you have above 90% attendance, excellent behaviour and complete your assignments and homework!

6 – The Creative Bunch

Our creative studies students get access to some of the finest facilities in the area – including the huge, 220 seat Lubetkin theatre!

We also have a dedicated music production studio, Mac editing suites, radio broadcasting studio, dance studio, TV studio, rehearsal rooms and loads more too.

They’re also well known for producing some of our great video content, including this video here which shows off our freshers’ fayre 2017.

5 – Our Animal Friends

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As part of the Houghall redevelopment we now have a brand spanking, shiny and new Small Animal Care centre where you’ll find a whole host of critters inside.

This centre has temperature-controlled environments for all of our animals, classrooms to study in and is also home to our dog-grooming salon.

Our animal care courses are among the most popular we offer – it’s not hard to see why when you’ve got such amazing creatures here including chinchillas, tortoises, rabbits, guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, barking geckos, hamsters and loads more.

4 – Uni Success

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Right now you’re probably only thinking about college, but you probably should think about uni too.

If you do want to go on to higher education, EDC is the place to be – 95% of our vocational students got into their first-choice university this year!

They’ve gone on to study all kinds of things – criminology, biomedical science, nursing – in fact, over 70 different degrees were taken by our students this year!

3 – Sporting Superstars

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Into sport? East Durham College has some of the best sports facilities and pitches in the North East.

Our sports centre – worth £6 million – has a full-size floodlit 3G synthetic turf pitch, an indoor sports arena, fitness gym and a specialist boxing gym.

We have sports academies in basketball, boxing, dance, football, netball and rugby and offer bronze, silver and gold elite sports scholarship packages too!

Oh, and about the gym…

2 – FREE Gym Membership for Students

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We’re passionate about helping you to keep fit – that’s why our gym is completely free of charge for students.

The Impact Health and Fitness centre at the Peterlee Campus is packed full of everything you need for training, including weight machines, cycles, resistance machines, kettlebell weights and much more.

You also get half-price off any classes at Impact too – bonus!

1 – Our Peterlee Campus

Learn and train in our state-of-the-art facilities with the latest technology, well-equipped learning resources and an excellent library.

Want to know specifics? Our Peterlee campus includes:

Large, fully-equipped construction workshops, our commercial training restaurant – Scene 1 – for our catering students plus 2 industry-standard commercial training kitchens, art studio, science labs, travel agency, dedicated higher education area in association with the University of Sunderland, 500-seat sports hall and so much more!

It’s a great place to study, a great place to meet friends and a great place to spend time in. Even if we do say ourselves.

Ready to come to EDC? Take a look at all of our courses and pick your perfect one!