A group of four female students walking outside the main building at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

LEAP 16+ (Learn, Explore, Achieve, Progress)

Are you aged between 16 and 18? Are you currently out of education? Unsure what to do next?

If so, it may be time to ‘LEAP’ back into education again and get the skills and training you need to gain employment or to progress into further vocational training.

LEAP (Learn, Explore, Achieve, Progress) has been specially designed to help you get the skills you need to progress into further education, employment or an Apprenticeship.

On LEAP you will attend a personalised study programme and gain the necessary qualifications and work skills to enable you to move towards your chosen future career path.

You will gain valuable employability skills, essential Maths and English skills and be able to develop personally and socially.

So, if you want to enhance your future prospects for employment or further study, then LEAP is the pathway for you.

Where is it run?

LEAP is available at out Peterlee Campus and also our Houghall Campus in Durham.

What is the length of the programme

Up to 30 weeks.

When will it start?

Various start dates throughout the year.

Will I get financial support?

Click here for details on our Student Benefits package.

How will the course be delivered?

Students will attend the College for two and a half days per week and there will be opportunities to attend a work placement.

What qualifications will I achieve?

You will gain a recognised Employability qualification (at an appropriate level), a qualification in Maths and English, plus personal and social development skills.

Employment Option

Plan for your progression by developing effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work through a varied programme of study.


To apply for the LEAP, please go to the LEAP section of the website and scroll down to select a course.

Need Help?

For further information, please contact the LEAP Team on 0191 5188382.