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Welcome to Dearne Valley College (DVC)

Whether you are leaving school and aspire towards a chosen career path, have dreams of launching your own buisness, or would simply like to develop your skills and experience, choosing a vocational course or Apprenticeship with one of our colleges could be your best decision yet.

As a student at Dearne Valley College, you wont just be taught in a classroom. You will train within specialist industry facilities that reflect real working environments, with access to the latest equipment and resources, and under the expert teaching of our lecturers and instructors, who bring with them a wealth of industry experience and specialist knowledge. 

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

Our students go on to achieve fantastic outcomes, with many progressing into their career choice, braving a move into self-employment, or continuing onto higher levels of study and beyond. 


John Connolly

Chief Executive of RNN Group.


About us

Open Evenings

Come along to one of our Open Evenings where you can tour our excellent facilities, meet the Tutors, find out about the courses we offer and ask any questions you may have!

If you’re unsure about what to do next, we have a team on hand to talk you through your options and to help you decide upon the best route to help you reach your career aspirations!

• Wednesday 11th October 2017 - 3.30pm-6.30pm

• Wednesday 8th November 2017 - 3.30pm-6.30pm

• Wednesday 24th January 2018 - 3.30pm-6.30pm

• Tuesday 13th February 2018 - 9.30am-12.30pm*

• Tuesday 27th March 2018 - 9.30am-12.30pm*

• Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - 3.30pm-6.30pm

• Tuesday 3rd July 2018 - 9.30am-12.30pm (Welcome to College)

• Thursday 16th August 2018 - 10.00am-6.00pm (Results day drop-in)

• Thursday 23rd August 2018 - 10.00am-6.00pm (Results day drop-in)

*Bookable Taster Session

Taster Days

Come along to one of our Taster days to experience what life is like as a Dearne Valley College student!

You will have the opportunity to try out taster sessions of various courses before you join us in September. Why not bring a friend along with you and take advantage of the fun activities we have planned!

To pre-register for our open events or secure your place on our taster events please visit


Facilities available

Need to refuel?

The Manvers Diner and Rockingham Refectory provide a delicious range of hot and cold food and drinks, with a wide variety of healthy options available.

Learning Centre

The Learning Centre is well–equipped with books, journals and newspapers, as well as electronic resources including computers, laptops and internet access. Study rooms are also available, which offer individual, group or silent study spaces, and resources can even be accessed at home using the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the Learning Centre’s collections of online eBooks; you can also email the team for support, should you need it.

Our knowledgeable staff offer a supportive environment, and will be pleased to help you locate information and resources.

Cash Machine

Located at the Manvers Campus, the cash machine gives you free access to your money and you can also use it to top–up your mobile phone.

DVC Sports

Recently extended and refurbished, DVC Sports has a wide range of cardiovascular and muscle strengthening equipment, over 30 fitness classes per week, and supportive staff to help you reach your fitness goals. All students can benefit from discounted membership.

Call 01709 513315 or pop into DVC Sports to find out more.

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club

The College works closely with the Boat Club, which is just 1.5 miles away.

Here you can benefit from discounted membership and access to a range of action-packed outdoor sports including canoeing, triathlons, windsurfing, fishing, running and open-water swimming.

Visit and for more information.

Aspirations Hair and Beauty Salons

There’s a training salon at each campus, both offering a fabulous range of hair and beauty treatments. So if you’re looking to unwind after a hard day of studying or simply want to get pampered, make sure you pay them a visit. The salons are open to the public, so be sure to tell your friends and family.

Call 01709 513117 (Manvers Salon) or 01709 513118 (Rockingham Salon) to make an appointment.

Travel Counsellor

Our on-site Travel Counsellor, based at the Manvers Campus, can help you choose and book your perfect holiday.

For Under Fives Nursery

If you have pre-school children that need looking after whilst you are at college, the ‘For Under Fives

Nursery’ is located on-site at the Manvers Campus. Under certain circumstances the College can provide subsidised childcare places with some reserved places for our full-time students. To apply, contact the Student Services Centre on 01709 513114.

Space for Reflection

A quiet, comfortable room available to all students for prayer or reflection.

Car Parking

Each campus has free car parking either on-site or close by.

Additional support

Whether it’s financial support, childcare information, learning support or simply a friendly chat about the right course for you, our Student Services Centre is at the
heart of the College. The Student Services team will make sure that you have the information, advice and guidance you need during your time at college.
Based at the Manvers Campus, you can access:
  • Financial Support and Advice
  • Careers Advice and Job Search
  • Course Guidance
  • Additional Learning Support
  • Counselling
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Disability Support and Advice
  • Support to Stop Smoking
  • Tutorials
  • Safeguarding Information and Guidance
  • Student Activities and Enrichment Information
Please call on 01709 513114 or just pop in for a friendly and confidential chat.

Learner success

Our success rate for 2012/13 was 90%, which is 6% above the national average.
Our achievement/pass rate for 2012/13 was 97%, which is 3% above the national average.

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: 09 May 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.