Two female child care students with a group of six young children outside East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Child & Adult Care

Our child care and health & social care courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the care industry. All courses offer a clear progression route, enabling you to gain further academic qualifications and ultimately improve your career opportunities.

As a care student you benefit from state-of-the-art facilities in a purpose-built environment, which prepares you well for your work placements. We promote evidence based practice, giving our students the most up-to-date knowledge, skills and evidence to deliver care. 

Child or Adult Care - We have it covered

We offer courses that enable you to work with children from 0-5 in a nursery or day care setting or support children 5-16 in a school environment. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in the care sector to work with adult clients in hospitals or care homes to name but a few. 

For us, the key is working directly with service users and carers to develop and deliver courses which meet today’s care needs. Hence preparation for the workplace is an important component of our care courses, so work-related activities and work experience placements play a vital route in your education here at EDC.

Progression & Careers

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity to apply for university entrance to study on a range of higher education courses such as early childhood studies, adult social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and social work.

The care sector is vast, with hundreds of job roles locally and indeed oversees if you want to travel. Our learners progress on to employment in a range of areas such as nursery nursing, teaching, nursing and midwifery, social work and physiotherapy. 

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our child care and adult care courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

These are the remaining courses available for applications that run in this academic year 2017/18. Please check the start dates within the specific course page itself. The courses for the next academic year, 2018/19 are listed in the next section below.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in care, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website