East Durham College Houghall Campus front entrance with EDC Houghall logo

East Durham College Houghall Campus

Our Houghall Campus, in Durham, is a leading provider of land-based training and education in the North and has recently undergone an exciting £13.25 million redevelopment.

Houghall now has some of the best land-based facilities available in the North thanks to our extensive redevelopment.

Want to see it for yourself? Check out our video which showcases the amazing facilities available at our Houghall campus.



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As enrolment for EDC's Houghall campus quickly approaches (enrolment dates: 27th-29th August 2019) let’s look back at our lovely Houghall campus over the years! ⠀ ⠀ The main entrance was freshly built in 1937/38, where 1938 saw the opening of the main Houghall college buildings, though, the Houghall farm has marked the foundations for agricultural education long before the campus itself was built. ⠀ ⠀ Fast forward to 2016, a 28 stable equine centre alongside small animal and agricultural centres were built and opened, as well as new science labs and IT suites, with enhanced access and parking facilities. Houghall operates on a 476-acre estate including a full working farm. It facilitates a 22-bay dog kennel unit, a commercial dog grooming studio, floristry studios, horticulture labs, arboriculture workshops, specialist veterinary and nursing facilities, a well equipped learning resources centre and so so sooo much more! ⠀ ⠀ After many years of teaching and learning, thousands upon thousands of students have passed through the halls on their journeys though land based training/education and gone on to pursue great things! ⠀ ⠀ The college has expanded, changed and developed over the years but its statement still stands strong...Houghall is Where Careers Grow!⠀ ⠀ To read more about the History of the Houghall campus pre 1937-38 click here https://buff.ly/2Mh9yXY ... and to see the wide range of facilities Houghall currently owns and runs click here! https://buff.ly/2H65u8S⠀ ⠀ ...So, have you decided you want to study here yet? find out more about our current Houghall campus courses here! https://buff.ly/2Kx4jQy ⠀ -⠀ -⠀ -⠀ #agriculture #agriculturelife #agricultureworldwide #agricultureworld #agriculturelandscape #agricultureweek #agriculturestudent #agricultureeducation #farming #farminglife #farminguk #education #landbased #training #learning #college

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As well as an extensive and challenging refurbishment of the main entrance front building, which was built in 1937/8, the completion of the project saw a number of stunning new facilities open September 2016; including a brand-new small animal care centre, agricultural centre, equine centre, brand new science labs and IT suites, and new enhanced access and parking facilities.

North East Local Enterprise Partnership logo MAIN.jpgThe development project was made possible following the college receiving £10m capital investment funding from The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which it secured from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.Growth Deal_2935C_40MM_AW.png

The purpose-built Small Animal Care Centre houses a range of small mammals, birds, reptiles and aquatics - as well as a new commercial dog grooming salon and 22-bay dog kennel unit, complete with dog agility and dog walking areas.

The stunning new Houghall Equine Centre boasts a 28-stable block accommodation, training workshops, tack room, automatic horse-walker and an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena to complement an existing 60m x 40m all-weather menage, cross-country trail, schooling field and 20-acre paddock.

The new Agricultural Centre includes a pig unit and cattle unit with forage store to supplement the existing sheep unit down at the farm site.

Each new and refurbished building also boasts additional classroom/workshop space, staff and student changing facilities and welfare support areas.

Land Based Courses

Courses are available in agriculture, animal care, arboriculture & forestry, countryside management, dog grooming, equine studies, floristry, horticulture & gardening and veterinary nursing.

Check out the Houghall courses section of the website for details.

Houghall Facilities

  • Stunning 476-acre estate with working farm
  • New purpose-built small animal care centre is home to a snake house, lizard house, tortoise house, aquatics, small mammals and an aviary.
  • New commercial dog grooming studio
  • New 22-bay dog kennel unit
  • New dog agility and walking area
  • New specialist veterinary nursing training facilities
  • New agricultural centre with pig unit and cattle unit with forage store, plus an existing sheep unit
  • Stunning new equine centre with 28 stables, training workshops, tack room, an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena and a 60m x 40m all-weather menage
  • Brand new science labs
  • Commercial Garden Centre
  • Horticulture lab
  • Horticulture & arboriculture workshops
  • Horticultural glasshouses and potting shed
  • Specialist arboretum & pinetum
  • Floristry studios
  • Well-equipped learning resources centre
  • IT suites
  • Refectory
  • Social & informal break-out learning space

National Land Based College

National Land Based College LogoEast Durham College is a member of the National Land Based College, a UK-wide virtual college championing skills development and providing a digital hub for land based careers, education and training. We encourage students to visit the NLBC website and register with them to receive ongoing skills support throughout your career. https://nlbc.uk