Vocational Learning Programme

We have a long established history of delivering a high quality Vocational Learning Programme (VLP). This enhances the educational experience of young people and creates vocational and work-related learning opportunities for 14 to 16 year olds. New College Durham has established partnerships with many local schools and other partners, enabling schools to offer a more diverse curriculum at Key Stage 4.

Young people are able to study at New College Durham for one day a week throughout Key Stage 4 (year 10 and 11). They have the opportunity to work towards valued vocational and work-related qualifications, and are able to develop knowledge and understanding in a work context. Upon completion of the VLP, participants have the opportunity to progress onto a full time programme or apprenticeship at the College.

Vocational areas include:

  • Construction (brickwork, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, plumbing)
  • Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Hairdressing
  • Childcare
  • Health and Social Care
  • Professional Cookery and Hospitality
  • Uniformed Services