Our Mission, Values & Goals

Our Mission

Our Mission is to connect people to opportunities.

The College is home to a genuine and supportive community of students and staff - we believe you won’t find a more supportive and friendlier college.

And that support leads to some great results. A high proportion of our students progress successfully into further or higher education, apprenticeships or employment. Check out our former student profiles page to see a sample of their amazing achievements or our Student Success Stories on our YouTube channel.

Students smile at the camera while sitting on the stairs outside with text connecting people to opportunities

Students at East Durham College also develop their confidence, self-esteem and work-related skills - developing good employability skills and enhance their future opportunities.

We also have a strong focus on helping students to make a positive contribution to their communities through the community project aspect of our exciting tutorial programme. The work of our students and our Students’ Union also helps a wide range of charities and community action projects. In fact, our 14-16 Engage provision was shortlisted for the 2020 Tes FE Awards in the Contribution to the Local Community Award category.

We have a key focus on supporting students in their journey on to employment or further forms of education and training, building upon the positive and life-changing experience of studying at East Durham College.

East Durham College - Creating Outstanding Futures

Our Values

We will always have students at the heart of our decision-making.

Provision of the highest quality over a broad range of inclusive provision which allows our students to thrive.

Promoting a respectful culture, providing a diverse working environment with a focus on honesty, integrity and inclusivity.

Ensuring both economic and environmentally sustainable provision for our present and future community


Student Success Stories

From EDC to Success

Countless students have studied with us at East Durham College and went on to fantastic success afterwards - read some of their stories here!
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Our Objectives & Long Term Goals


  • Design, deliver and recruit with integrity to high quality progression pathways to meet regional economic skills needs
  • Develop and implement our workforce development strategy


  • Achieve and celebrate excellence in all our activities
  • Maintain very high levels of student satisfaction
  • We will continue to grow our income and maintain our financial health


  • Continue to collaborate to support, develop and extend the regional educational skills offer to meet community and employers’ needs. We will proactively work with partners to increase participation of young people in learning, while addressing persistent high rates of NEETs among some cohorts


  • Further develop our position as a brand leader in our key markets
  • Continue to mobilise our student body to take positive action to support their community


  • Provide sustainable, world-class facilities and resources for our students, customers, employer partners and staff to support our growth
  • Review our workflow practices in key support areas to improve our efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint

Our Strategy

Download The EDC Strategy Document

Want to find out more about how we connect people to opportunities? Download a copy of EDC's latest strategy document here!
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