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.

Choose your Course

Hortic student at East Durham College East Durham College's Houghall campus is one of the best centres in the North East for studying horticulture. As a renowned provider of land-based horticulture courses, we are able to offer a wide range of part time courses, as well as horticulture apprenticeships.

Our horticulture courses are open to learners of all ages, and are ideal for those looking to expand their skills, as well as training for horticulture businesses looking to train new employees.

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).

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 4715.


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 part time course(s) for 2020/2021 are listed below:

The course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the 2020/2021 academic year. For the course start date, please check within the individual course page itself.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2021/2022 are listed below:

The full time and/or part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the 2021/2022 academic year. All full time courses will start September 2021. For any part time courses, please check in the individual course page for their start date during 2021/22.

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