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:
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.
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
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.
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
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:
• 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
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: www.ucr.rotherham.ac.uk
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.