Land Based Short Courses

Whether it’s specialist training to develop your professional skills and enhance your career prospectus, or just as a hobby, East Durham College’s Houghall Campus is sure to have a short course to suit.

Our courses range from the practical hobby-based, with the likes of amateur gardening, floral design and horticulture masterclasses, to business-based training aimed specifically at keeping you up-to-date with the knowledge and qualifications your industry sector demands - such as chainsaw maintenance and the safe use of pesticides.

Many of our courses require no previous experience or qualifications so are ideal if you’d like to try something new. And who knows, what started out as a new pastime could lead to a new career and change of direction in your life.

Short Courses Brochure

Please check out our short courses brochure to see everything on offer and costs.

The Houghall Campus

Based in the spacious and tranquil setting of Houghall, only two miles from Durham city centre, we offer informal novice classes through to formal industry required qualifications. And, if you don’t see what you’re looking for in this leaflet, tell us - we’ll do all we can to give you what you need.

The College recently underwent a stunning £13.25 million redevelopment so you can be sure Houghall is an excellent place to study.

Courses Throughout The Year

Our short courses run throughout the year and include evening and weekend times - so there’ll always be something to fit in when it suits you. With courses suitable for both work and leisure or perhaps as a gift, our highly experienced specialist instructors are here ready to inspire you.

Contact The Short Courses Team

For more details or to book a place please, call the Short Course Team on 0191 518 8291 or contact the switchboard on 0191 375 4700 or email

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Make the great outdoors your classroom! Start your agricultural career right here in the North East at East Durham College’s Houghall campus! At East Durham College, we’ve been teaching agriculture for over 80 years. If you’re wanting to get into the farming industry, there’s no better place than right here at EDC.
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<span>Animal Care, Science & Management</span>

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Animal Care, Science & Management

With lizards, rabbits, snakes and even our very own resident goats, our fantastic animal care centre has everything you need to start your career in animal care.
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<span>Dog Grooming</span>

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Dog Grooming

Dog Grooming is a highly popular career choice. With dog ownership always on the rise and growing opportunities in this sector, training as a dog groomer with a dog grooming course at East Durham College can help you to start your own business or work as a professional dog groomer in a grooming parlour.
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<span>Floristry & Floral Design</span>

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Floristry & Floral Design

Learn to create stunning floral designs with our range of part-time and full-time floristry courses, available at our Houghall campus in Durham.
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We offer a range of part-time horticulture course programmes at our Houghall campus in Durham – ideal for those already working in the horticulture industry wanting to further expand their skills or gain official qualifications.
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<span>Tree Surgery & Management (Arboriculture)</span>

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Tree Surgery & Management (Arboriculture)

It's time to climb high with a tree surgery course at East Durham College's Houghall campus in Durham!