Vocational areas

A vocational course is practical and is related to a specific career, rather than an academic subject. 

Our wide range of vocational courses provide school leavers with 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 three A-Levels so can lead to university, as well as apprenticeships, employment or a university level programme at New College Durham.


FE Art & Design 2020

Art & Design

Unleash your creative juices with one of our Art and Design courses.

Beauty 2021


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 2021


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 2021


Study on one of our Business courses and get yourself hired in this dynamic industry.

Carpentry 2021

Carpentry & Joinery

Assemble a great career in construction.

FE Computing & IT

Computing & IT

Computing & IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time, it has an ever increasing role to play. 

Construction & Civil Engineering 2021

Construction & Civil Engineering

We can help you engineer a career in this vibrant industry.

Early Years 2021

Early Years & Education

This popular sector can offer you a rewarding career working with children.

FE Electrical Installation

Electrical Installation

Prospects for qualified electricians are excellent. It is a technical and highly skilled job.

Mechanical Engineering 2021


Join this expanding industry and engineer your way to an exciting career.

Foundation Studies 2021

Foundation Studies

For those who are unsure about what you want to do, or need further support or qualifications before taking the next step.

FE Graphic Design 4

Graphic Design & Digital Arts

Graphic Design & Digital Arts will prepare you to work in logo design and organisation branding to visual communications, illustration, web design, animation and interior design.

Hairdressing 2021


Can you cut it as a hairdresser and keep up with this fast-paced, fashion-led industry?

Health and Social Care 2021

Health & Social Care

Join one of our Health & Social Care courses to nurture a fulfilling career in this sector.

Media 2021


Do you picture yourself working in the media industry? Bring your fresh thinking and originality and we will provide the creative buzz.

FE Music 2


Have you got what it takes for a career in this highly competitive sector?

Motor Vehicle 2021

Motor Vehicle

Rev up your skills and knowledge in motor mechanics with one of our motor vehicle courses.

Painting & Decorating 2021

Painting & Decorating

Paint yourself a new career in painting and decorating.

FE Dance

Performing Arts (Dance & Drama)

Our specialist teaching staff will help you to develop confidence, creativity and finely tune your performance skills. 

Plumbing 2021


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 2021

Professional Cookery & Hospitality

Do you love catering to people’s needs? Are you able to dish it out? 
Public services

Public Services

Our mix of theory and practical activities can help you to prepare for a career in this adrenaline fueled industry.

Sport 2021


Are you good with people and can you motivate and inspire others? 

Travel and Tourism 2021

Travel & Tourism

Are you a high flyer? We can offer you an exciting range of travel & tourism courses.