Among the graduates last week was mother-of-three Sarah Bennett, 25, of Newton Aycliffe, a volunteer at Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland who has achieved her Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and Foundation Degree in Counselling at the College and now plans to do a one year top up at the University of Sunderland to complete her BA (Hons) degree and become a full time counsellor.

Addressing last night’s ceremony at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, College Principal and Chief Executive Natalie Davison-Terranova told the graduates: “You must revel in the knowledge that you have already achieved immense success and that you will, undoubtedly, go on to achieve much more in the future. “Each of you will have a very personal and individual story to tell about your learning journey and I know how much dedication, work and passion you have committed to your studies.”

An Open Evening was held at the college’s main Woodhouse Lane Campus on  Tuesday July 11th where prospective students enrolled on a wide range of full and part time further and higher education courses starting this September. For more details visit