Get ready for work or university with a choice of qualifications

Choosing what college or sixth form to go to after school is probably one of the most difficult, and life changing decisions you'll make, but it is also the start of an exciting new journey! 

Why choose New College Durham?

  • We are a top performing general further education college in the North East and nationally.
  • A huge range of courses.
  • 95% of our further education students successfully passed their qualifications (NCD Achievement Rates data 2019/20)
  • 92% of our further education students progressed to positive destinations including employment, higher education and further study (NCD destination data 2019/20)
  • A welcoming environment and fantastic support to ensure every student achieves their full potential.
  • Extensive state-of-the-art facilities for both real-life vocational education and academic study.
  • A travel scheme for 16-18 year old full-time students and a wide range of student benefits, plus financial assistance for those who need it (reviewed annually).
  • Life changing experiences and opportunities.

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Get the skills and qualifications you need for work or university, get on the job training, nationally recognised qualifications and earn money all at the same time, or get your essential GCSE and A-Level qualifications at our Sixth Form Centre.