Work experience

We have extensive links with industry and employers have input into our qualifications to ensure they meet the current demands of the industry.

Most of our full-time students undertake a work placement as an essential part of their course. This takes place with an external company, in a role that is relevant to their career aspirations, or in a realistic working environment here at college, such as our commercial hair and beauty salon Halo, Step2Fitness gym or Bistro 1819 training restaurant.

All external companies are thoroughly vetted by our Health and Safety Team to ensure students will be working in a safe environment.



New College Durham is one of only four colleges and post 16 education providers across the North East chosen to teach T-Levels.

T-Levels are new, two-year study programmes aimed at learners aged 16-18. They have been developed with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and will prepare your child for work.

It is the unique mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience that makes T-Levels special. 80% is classroom-based with 20% industry placements. Placements can be block, day release or a mix of these.

Find out more about T-Levels.


North East Institute of Technology

New College Durham has been awarded the licence to operate as the North East Institute of Technology, one of only 12 in the country.

An Institute of Technology (IoT) is a collaboration between further education (FE) providers, universities and employers.

As an IoT, New College Durham will deliver STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses, such as engineering, digital and construction, to provide your child with a clear route to technical employment, and employers with a skilled workforce.

Our IoT courses are a natural progression route from T-Levels.

Find out more about the NEIoT.