Full Time Further Education In this section Studying further education Vocational areas Choices Plus ESOL GCSE numerical grading Getting ready for your college interview How to apply Access to Higher Education Vocational areas A vocational course is practical and is related to a specific career, rather than an academic subject. It will give you the skills and knowledge you need for employment. You will gain hands-on experience through our industry standard facilities, and work placement opportunities. Many Level 3 vocational courses are equivalent to 3 A-Levels so can lead to university, as well as apprenticeships, employment or a higher education programme at New College Durham. Art & Design Unleash your creative juices with one of our Art and Design courses. Beauty A career in the beauty industry can take you anywhere in the world! If you like being your own boss you could also have your own business or go freelance. Brickwork Build a career in this practical industry. Building Maintenance If you like creating and repairing things and working with wood, bricks, painting and all general areas of construction, this could be the career for you. Business & Retail Study on one of our Business courses and get yourself hired in this dynamic industry. Carpentry & Joinery Assemble a great career in construction. Computing & IT Get a head start in this constantly evolving industry by studying on one of our Computing & IT courses. Construction & Civil Engineering We can help you engineer a career in this vibrant industry. Early Years & Education This popular sector can offer you a rewarding career working with children. Electrical Installation Prospects for qualified electricians are excellent. It is a technical and highly skilled job. Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic & Welding) Join this expanding industry and engineer your way to an exciting career. Foundation Studies If you are unsure about what you want to do, or need further support or qualifications before taking the next step, we can offer you a range of courses with various levels to suit your requirements. Graphic Design If you have the creative flair then we can help you make your mark in this dynamic industry. Hair Can you cut it as a hairdresser and keep up with this fast-paced, fashion-led industry? Health & Social Care Join one of our Health & Social Care courses to nurture a fulfilling career in this sector. Music Have you got what it takes for a career in music? Our full-time music courses will help you to succeed in this highly competitive sector. Media Do you picture yourself working in the media industry? Bring your fresh thinking and originality and we will provide the creative buzz. Motor Vehicle Rev up your skills and knowledge in motor mechanics with one of our motor vehicle courses. Painting & Decorating Paint yourself a new career in painting and decorating. Performing Arts (Dance & Drama) Have you got what it takes for a career in performing arts? Our specialist teaching staff will help you to develop confidence, creativity and finely tune your performance skills. Plumbing Prospects for plumbers have never been better! You will need to be able to follow technical drawings and plans, have good customer care skills, good at solving problems and excellent practical skills. Professional Cookery & Hospitality Do you love catering to people’s needs? Are you able to dish it out? Feast your eyes on our hospitality and professional cookery courses and indulge yourself. Public Services Our mix of theory and practical activities can help you to prepare for a career in this adrenaline fueled industry. Sport Are you good with people and can you motivate and inspire others? If you have these personal qualities we can help you work out a career in sport. Travel & Tourism Are you a high flyer? We can offer you an exciting range of travel & tourism courses.