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Peterlee Campus Courses

East Durham College's stunning modern Peterlee site is home to a massive range of course options, giving you a huge amount of choice about what you want to study. Keep scrolling down the page to take a look at all of the courses we have to offer at our Peterlee campus!

A-Levels (ED6 Sixth Form Centre)

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EDC's Peterlee campus is also home to our dedicated sixth form centre, ED6. With 100% pass rate on ALL A Level subjects for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) as well as the highest progression in the entire country from GCSE to A Level for our students, you can truly Stay Local and Go Further with ED6. 

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Access to Higher Education

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Exclusively for adults, Access to Higher Education courses give those without the qualifications needed to go to university a route into Higher Education study. Subjects include Humanities, Science, Midwifery, Education and more.

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Accountancy (Part-Time)

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Those over the age of 19 can apply for these part-time, AAT qualifications in accountancy.If you're looking to get your start in this field, our part-time courses are the ideal solution.

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Art & Design

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Are you creative and have a passion for art? With dedicated art courses incorporating a wide variety of art styles including 3D, mixed media, photography and more, studying art at EDC's Peterlee campus certainly paints a pretty picture!

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Beauty Therapy

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Learn the ins and outs of being a qualified beautician or move into specialist fields such as theatrical makeup and makeup artistry with our range of full and part-time beauty courses. All of these courses are taught at our industry-standard commercial salon which is open to the public, giving you real, hands-on training as part of your course programme.

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Build a name for yourself and study bricklaying right here at EDC! Our brickwork courses are full-time, and train you for work on a construction site in our huge bricklaying workshop, incorporating all of the tools and equipment you'll need during your course.

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Business Studies & Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

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Ever watched Dragon's Den, and thought, 'Wait, I could do that!'? You're right, you can - with EDC's Business Courses, incorporating the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, we'll give you the skills you need to launch your own business and take steps towards becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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Carpentry & Joinery

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If you love working with your hands and have a passion for creating new things, why not consider carpentry and joinery as your potential future career? EDC has a dedicated, huge carpentry workshop where you'll be supplied with all of the wood, tools and equipment you'll need during your course.

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Catering & Hospitality (Professional Cookery)

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You're the next Masterchef - it just all begins here at East Durham College! With two huge, professional kitchens where you'll learn your craft, our own restaurant - Scene 1 - which is open to the public and tuition from experienced chefs, you'll be cooking up a storm at EDC before you know it.

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Childcare & Adult Care

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Working with young children or adults needing care can be an extremely rewarding job, where you'll make a real difference to someone's life. Our childcare and adult care courses prepare you for a career in this sector, with specialist tuition, work experience placements, and also our own nursery on-site, where you can spend time caring for children.

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Computing & ICT

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Whether you'd like to create your own videogames, learn how to code, find out how to make programs, or just learn the basics of ICT, our computing and ICT courses are the route you're looking for! We run dedicated, full-time course programmes in computing and ICT, offer computing/IT as an A Level, and also run basic entry-level ICT courses for those looking to expand their skills.

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Are you a caring, kind person who wants to help others with overcoming their problems and cope with difficult situations? A counselling course with East Durham College could be your first step towards your career as a counsellor.

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Creative Media Production

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Step in front (or behind!) the camera, speak up into the microphone as a radio host, sit down at a computer and learn how to edit videos and much, much more with a creative media course at East Durham College!

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Electrical (The Technical Academy)

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Qualified electricians are always in demand - whether it be in domestic homes, construction sites, retail or anywhere else electricity is needed. With an electrical course at EDC, you can get your start in this highly profitable career path. Electrical courses are taught at our Technical Academy site, on Peterlee's Industrial Estate.

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Engineering (The Technical Academy)

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It's not hard to see why engineering is popular as a course choice - great opportunities, fantastic salaries and the ability to work all over the world can be at your fingertips. If you're keen on science/maths, love making things and are a great problem solver, engineering could be for you. This course is taught at the Technical Academy, on Peterlee's Industrial Estate.

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Foundation Studies

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At East Durham College, we support SEN learners with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties with our foundation programmes. We offer a wide range of subjects and study programmes, all of which are adjusted for the individual learner's needs. Course options can include art, cookery, craft design and technology, IT, independent living skills and more.

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Looking to retake your GCSEs? At East Durham College, we encourage all of our learners to improve their Maths and English skills by offering part-time GCSE courses both during the day, and on an evening. These courses are open for all ages, from school leavers to adults.

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Hairdressing & Barbering

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Learn all the skills you'll need to become a hairdresser or a barber with our courses at our Peterlee campus! You'll learn in our dedicated hair salon from professionals with years of experience of working in the industry - our barbering tutor, Alison, is not only the UK's first Grand Master female barber; she was voted as the Further Education Teacher of the Year (2018) in the entire UK!

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Higher Education

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In partnership with Sunderland University and Teesside University we offer a selection of carefully-chosen higher education courses at EDC. Options include Sports Coaching, Engineering, Education and Care, Counselling and Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)

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LEAP (Learn, Explore, Achieve, Progress)

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The LEAP programme is specifically designed for learners age 16-18 who are out of education, and unsure what to do next. This short programme focuses on building employability skills, helping learners to move towards their chosen career path.

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Motor Vehicle (The Technical Academy)

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Step into our purpose-built motor vehicle workshop at The Technical Academy in Peterlee's Industrial estate, and work your way towards become a qualified mechanic! Our workshop includes real vehicles to test your skills on, plus leading tuition from experienced mechanics.

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Music & Music Technology

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Are you a wizard on the guitar, or have passion for the piano? Can you belt out an aria, or love writing your own songs? Whatever your passion in music is, there's a place for it on EDC's music and music technology courses. These courses both focus on developing your talent, and also instructing you on behind the scenes production of music too.

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Painting & Decorating

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There's more to painting and decorating than just slapping paint on the wall - come and find out for yourself how all of the different techniques behind P&D make fantastic designs in EDC's huge, dedicated painting and decorating workshop.

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Performing Arts

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Grow your talent with a performing arts course at East Durham College. Whether you love to dance, to sing, to act or just want to work behind the scenes, making sure everything runs smoothly, performing arts will give you the opportunity to shine. With regular performance opportunities including our own popular panto every year, this is a great, fun course that any performer will love.

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Do you have a camera, but aren't sure what all those buttons, knobs and controls do? Do you want to learn more about photography, and take fantastic photos? Then you're in the right place - our part-time photography courses are ideal for any budding photographer.

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Plumbing & Gas (The Technical Academy)

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The plumbing industry is a key part of the UK’s construction industry. It is a highly competitive field that employs skilled craftspeople and technicians who work with a wide range of materials and technologies. This course is based at The Technical Academy, on Peterlee's Industrial Estate.

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Our BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science is a multidisciplinary subject covering applied biology, physics and chemistry as well as psychology and law. It is a rigorous subject that makes students highly employable, with many of students progressing on to university placements in biomedical sciences, forensic science, psychology and law degrees.

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East Durham College is a true centre of excellence for sport in Further Education. The College continues to receive loads of attention from those who matter the most; passionate athletes and top quality coaching staff. With the ability to specialise in many different sports, including football, rugby, dance, basketball and more, coming to EDC to study sport is an excellent idea.

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Teacher Training

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Want to train to become a teacher? It all starts here at EDC with Teacher Traning courses at our Peterlee campus. Teacher training courses are part-time, allowing you to work flexibly around your current work/life situations.

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Travel & Tourism

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Dreaming of a career that will really broaden your horizons? You could go far with a East Durham College travel and tourism course. We now offer a specialist travel and tourism course focusing on event management and hospitality too, further expanding your skill set and increasing your employability when you leave college.

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Uniformed Public Services

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This course is designed for those who would like to pursue a career in the public services, including the army, the police, navy, marines, fire service and more. This is both a classroom based and outdoor-based course, where you'll learn to take leadership, work as a team and be skilful and disciplined.

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Welding (The Technical Academy)

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Welding is a skill that is considered essential to the manufacture of countless types of products - if you're looking for a start in the engineering industry, a course in welding from East Durham College gives you the opportunities you've been looking for. This course is taught at the Technical Academy, on Peterlee's Industrial Estate.

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