East Durham – Equine – Land Based Careers


Start your career outside with an equine course from East Durham College. We currently offer the following equine courses at our Houghall campus in Durham.

Equine Courses at East Durham College

City and Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Horse Care)


City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Equine


City and Guilds Entry 3 Diploma in Skills for Working Life (Equine)


City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Equine Management


Equine Apprenticeship

Upcoming Events

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 October Come to College Open Evening

10/10/2018 5-7PM
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Houghall October 31st Come to College Open Evening

31/10/2018 5-7PM
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Houghall November Come to College Open Evening

28/11/2018 5-7PM
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Amazing Equine Facilities

The stunning new Houghall Equine Centre boasts a 28-stable block accommodation, training workshops, tack room, automatic horse-walker and an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena to complement an existing 60m x 40m all-weather menage, cross-country trail, schooling field and 20-acre paddock. We really can offer all you would need to help you pursue a career in the equine industry.

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Future Employment


Average Salary (Riding Instructor)


Skill Shortage Vacancies

77% Female

23% Male

Student Testimonials

I’ve always loved horses, so the chance to make a career caring for them was something I jumped at the chance for. I’ve loved my time at Houghall.

- Lara Englesworth

You have to really see the facilities to believe how good they really are. My favourite parts are the indoor arena and the menage for show jumping.

- Christopher Nell

Campus Information

Our Houghall Campus, in Durham, is a leading provider of land-based training and education in the North and has recently undergone an exciting £13.25 million redevelopment. As part of the redevelopment, a brand new equine centre was opened and includes:

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Brand new, multi-million pound equine centre
60 x 40m all-weather manage with show-jumping equipment
International standard 40 x 40m indoor equine arena
60 x 40m all-weather manage with show-jumping equipment
Tack room with saddle storage, harnesses and other tack
Social space for equine students
International standard 40 x 40m indoor equine arena
Electronic horse walker
Brand new, multi-million pound equine centre
28 stable block accomodation housing horses for members of the public
Cross country trail and schooling field
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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 Equine Veterinary Nurse

This video clearly shows what an average day would be like for an equine veterinary nurse apprentice.


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