Male horticulture student sieving soil in a glasshouse at East Durham College's Houghall Campus


The College’s Campus at Houghall, near Durham City, provides everything a budding horticultural student could wish for.

Hortic student at East Durham College Our horticulture courses prepare you for a range of exciting careers in the horticulture industry. All courses offer a clear progression route, enabling you to gain further academic qualifications and ultimately improve your career opportunities.

Preparation for the workplace is an important component of our horticulture courses, so work-related activities and work experience placements play a vital role in your education too.

The Houghall Estate & Facilities

The College recently underwent a stunning £12.75 million redevelopment so you can be sure Houghall is an excellent place to study.

The 476-acre estate with its formal gardens, conservation areas, woodland, nature trails, farmland and sports fields is the ideal location to enrol on a horticulture studies programme. Also boasting its very own extensive arboretum and pinetum (a collection of trees, many of which in Houghall’s case are extremely rare) these offer an extensive range of habitats for study and practical work. There is a commercial garden centre, glasshouses, potting shed and horticulture and science labs.


Houghall is very proud to be a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) qualification approved centre as well as accredited by the City & Guilds National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC).

RHS Qualifications Approved Centre Logo  Chartered Institute of Horticulture Logo

Higher Education & Careers

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity to apply for university entrance to study on higher education courses such as garden design, horticultural engineering, amenity horticulture or crop husbandry.

Our learners progress into employment with grounds departments at local authorities and private estates, working as a sports turf and grounds care technician, supervisors in grounds maintenance, working in commercial retail horticulture businesses or go self-employed.

As a highly respected institution within land based industries, courses at the Houghall Campus really will help your career grow! 

For general full time or part time course enquires please call Student Services on 0191 375 4710.

Short Courses

We also offer a range of arboriculture and chain saw related short courses or please call the Short Courses team on 0191 375 4716 for more details.

Full Time Courses

To see full details on each of our horticulture and gardening courses, run at the Houghall Campus in Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

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

The full time courses listed below are for the academic year 2018/19, starting September 2018. For part-time courses please see the start date within the course page itself.

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

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