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Welcome to Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Whether you already have a chosen career path, have dreams of launching your own business or are unsure of your future and would simply like to develop your skills and experience, Dearne Valley College is here to help you succeed.

We have a wide range of technical courses and apprenticeships on offer, all of which will provide you with the crucial skills you will need for your future.

As a student at Dearne Valley College, you won’t just be taught in a classroom. You will train within specialist facilities that reflect real working environments, with access to the latest equipment and resources and expert teaching from our lecturers and instructors, who bring with them a wealth of industry experience and specialist knowledge.

We combine our excellent teaching with industry placements, employability support, participation in national competitions, visits to places of interest and regular guest speaker events with industry specialists, to ensure you are fully prepared for the exciting world of work.

With all this support, our students achieve fantastic outcomes, progressing into their chosen career, braving a move into self-employment or continuing onto higher levels of study and beyond, whether that is with us at our brand new University Centre Rotherham or further afield.

Come along to one our interactive open events where you can discuss your options with our expert tutors, explore career choices, see our excellent facilities and get a feel for the courses and apprenticeships available with our interactive demos.

Open Events 2018/19

Wednesday 7th November 2018 - 3.30pm – 6.30pm

Saturday 9th February 2019 – 10.00am – 12.00pm

Book your place now:

About us

At Dearne Valley College we are committed to our students and are proud to provide the skills and experiences needed to help you progress to a successful future, whether that is gaining a job, becoming self-employed, achieving a promotion or moving on to further or higher study, including progressing to university.

We have strong links with industry and work closely with employers to ensure our students gain the skills they need to progress on to their chosen career. Competitions, challenging projects and real-life work with employers are just a few examples of how we are embedding employability skills into your learning.

What our students say

  • 95% of our students agreed that the teaching and learning resources were good.
  • 91% of our students said ‘I enjoyed my course’.
  • 91% of our students said 'I feel prepared to take my next step in to employment or another course.
  • 94% of our students said 'My course has met my needs'

Source: RNN Group Colleges (Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College)2017/18 end of year survey completed by 1241 respondents.

Facilities available

As a college we continue to invest in our buildings, facilities and equipment to provide you with the best industry-standard learning experience.

Dearne Valley College is based in Wath-upon-Dearne and offers a wide range of courses, degrees and apprenticeships.

One of the few colleges in the UK with an Academy of Sport, Dearne Valley College is a specialist centre for Sport and Public Services, offering industry-standard facilities and professional coaches who deliver teaching sessions.

Dearne Valley College also offers courses and apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects, including Childcare, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care and Motor Vehicle; all of which are delivered by experienced tutors in state-of-the-art facilities.

Our additional facilities include:

• DVC Sports Centre

• DVC gym suite

• Aspirations Hair and Beauty Salon

• Dedicated social and meeting spaces

• Engineering and Motor Vehicle workshops

• Construction workshops

Additional support

Support for learners

At Dearne Valley College we have a range of services and support to help you stay on track with your course and help you to overcome any obstacles you may face.

Student services

Our Student Support team are here to help you with many aspects of student life by providing advice and guidance on a range of personal and welfare issues, financial support, careers and progression, enrichment activities and can even support you with your UCAS application.
For more information on how Student Services can help you, please see our website:

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

Our Additional Learning Support team are dedicated to supporting students who require tailored support plans to help make the most of their chosen learning opportunity.

We support students who have:

• Dyslexia

• Attention disorders

• Autism spectrum conditions

• Mental health difficulties

• Medical conditions

• Physical/sensory requirements

Our aim is to ensure we do everything we can to help you to make the most of your time at College and achieve in your studies.

We can help with adjustments to teaching, special arrangements to exams and assessments, one-to-one support, workshops, small group support and assistive technology - whichever suits you best.

Please discuss your needs with us at any point by either calling us or explaining your needs at your interview.

To find out about your Local Offer; resources, services, support, activities and events for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) please check your relevant council’s website.

Contact Additional Learning Support

Call: 01709 513144


Learner success

Our students leave Dearne Valley College fully equipped for the exciting world of work or higher-level study.

Many of our students choose to continue their studies into Higher Education (HE) with us. We offer a wide range of degrees and higher-level qualifications delivered at our College campuses and within the new University Centre Rotherham (UCR) located just a few miles away in the centre of Rotherham.

The benefits of choosing to stay with us when progressing into Higher Education are that you will have access to state-of-the art facilities, be taught in smaller class sizes with more one-to-one tutorial time, pay lower tuition fees than other universities and utilise our fantastic industry links with local employers to give you a head start in the working world. 

For more information on UCR and the university-level courses we offer visit:

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Dearne Valley College (DVC) through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 24 September 2018
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Key information


  • A: Dearne Valley College
    • Address:
    • Manvers Park
    • Wath-Upon-Dearne
    • Rotherham
    • S63 7ER
    • Telephone number:
    • Course enquiries: 01709513355
    • Website:
    • Email address:
    • More information:
    • A 2014 Ofsted report officially commended Dearne Valley College as an overall ‘GOOD’ college, in fact all areas of the college that were inspected were commended as ‘GOOD’ too.  

      A full copy of the report is available at, however here are just some of the reports highlights.

      Why we are good:

      “Success rates for 16- to 18-year-old students are high”

      “Practical, vocational and employability skills are developed effectively”

      “Support for students is highly effective”

      “Much teaching is good”

      “The culture and ethos of the college promote mutual respect and positive attitudes to learning”

      “Leadership and management have effectively brought about significant improvement since the previous inspection”

      Outcomes for learners

      “Overall success rates have shown steady improvement over three years and are now well above the national average”
      Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above national average.

      “Achievement rates have also improved well and were significantly above the national average in 2013”
      Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

      “Students develop good practical and vocational skills” 

      “The culture and ethos in the college encourage students to recognise the importance of mathematics and English”
      All our 16 to 18 year olds learners work towards improving their study mathematics and English attainment.

      “Students enjoy coming to college and this is reflected in their high attendance rates”

      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment

      “Teaching, learning and assessment are good which is reflected in the high success rates for students”

      “Good support arrangements help those students with barriers to learning to achieve and make sustained progress”

      “Teachers use their industrial experience well to develop students’ vocational skills”
      Our staff refresh their industry skills via our thorough staff development programme.

      “Students with additional learning needs are carefully identified at an early stage and offered flexible bespoke assistance”
      The College proudly holds the Matrix Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

      “The college pays close attention to equality and diversity”
      The College is proud to have gained Investors in Diversity Status.

      “Students respect each other and their views are valued and taken seriously”

      “Students enjoy working in safe environments and understand the importance of safe working practice”

      What our students say:

      “I feel safe at College” – 98% of students asked agree

      “I know the kind of support I can get from College” – 97% of students asked agree

      “I am aware that English, Maths and IT forms part of my course” – 97% of those asked agree

      “I understand the rights of others to be treated with respect” – 99% of those asked agree

      “The College will not permit bullying in any form” – 99% of those asked agree

      “I feel I am on the right course” – 98% of those asked agree

      Source: 2013 Induction Survey


      Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.