East Durham College – Land Based Careers

Find a career doing what you love outside

Not interested in being stuck inside behind a desk? Find a career doing what you love outside instead! This site will help you to discover different land-based career options and how to get into them. Whether you dream of helping poorly pets as a veterinary nurse (or even looking after big pets as a zookeeper!), aspire to get green fingers as a gardener, want to get off the ground as a tree surgeon or even start a budding career as a florist, there’s a career waiting for you. When thinking about your future, it’s time to start thinking outside.


Expanding your horizons

Never thought about a land-based career outdoors before? With our range of courses and potential career routes, there's sure to be something you'll be interested in. Let EDC help you grow your career.

Supporting you through every step

With amazing facilities and expert tuition, you'll gain the skills you need to progress into employment in your chosen career, start an apprenticeship or to move on to higher education at university.

Choose Your Career Route

You ready to start thinking outside? Pick a potential career route below for more information on the range of courses on offer!


We have a range of events including open days and taster sessions that allow students to experience life at college. Here are three of our upcoming events.

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Houghall Come to College Open Evening - 01/05/19

01/05/2019 5PM-7PM
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Houghall Come to College Open Evening 22/05/19

22/05/2019 5-7PM
Houghall Come to College Open Evening 22/05/19

Houghall Spring Show & Open Day 2019 - Sun 19th May, 10am - 4pm

19/05/2019 5PM-7PM
Houghall Spring Show & Open Day 2019 - Sun 19th May, 10am - 4pm
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East Durham College Videos

East Durham College Houghall Campus in Durham

Take a tour of the amazing facilities available at East Durham College's Houghall Campus.

Where Will a Land-Based Course Take You?

Houghall gives you all of the tuition and facilities you need to pursue your dream career outside.

A Day in the Life of an Agricultural Technician

This video clearly shows what an average day is like for an agricultural technician apprentice.


If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone about your future, please get in touch.