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Dearne Valley College

Manvers Park, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham, S63 7EW

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About us

Dearne Valley College is part of the RNN Group, a group of education and training organisations which also includes Rotherham College and North Notts College.

Based in Wath-upon-Dearne, we offer a wide range of courses, degrees and apprenticeships in subjects such as Sport, Public Services, Childcare, Construction, Computing, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care and Motor Vehicle. Our modern, friendly campus allows for a tight-knit learning community where our students feel right at home and supported throughout their studies.

At Dearne Valley College we specialise in technical and career focused training and education to provide you with the high quality skills and hands-on experience you need for your future career. Our wide range of technical vocational courses and apprenticeships, including Higher Education pathways, will help you develop essential employability skills that will make you stand out in the workplace.

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

Our Public Services department benefit from the fantastic facilities of neighbouring Manvers Boathouse and Lake where they participate in activities such as Dragon Boat Racing and Kayaking.

No matter which course you choose to study, we will prepare you for further study or employment by involving you in challenging projects, practical work experience with employers and the chance to enter regional and national competitions, all supported by training in our industry-standard facilities from lecturers who are experts in their particular field.

You can choose to study from entry level through to Level 3 (equivalent level to A-Levels) before choosing to progress on to Higher Education with us. Your GCSE results (and any other qualifications you have) will determine which level you start at – we’re on hand to help you if you’re unsure.

Alongside your studies, college life is also about making lasting friendships, experiencing new things and most importantly, having fun. Outside the classroom or workshop there are a wide range of additional activities to ensure you get the most out of your experience, which will also look great on your CV.

We’re here to support you with your next step, whether it’s leaving school to get a technical or professional qualification, getting a job, moving on to an apprenticeship or going into business on your own – we’ll make sure you’re fully equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

Why not see what all the fuss is about and visit us at our next Open Event?

You will have the opportunity to discuss your options, explore career choices, get a feel for the course on offer with our interactive demos and take a tour of our fantastic facilities.

Visit: to book your place or to find out more.

Student support

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

Our Student Services 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, including health and relationships
  • Financial support to those who are entitled, and advice to those who are not
  • Careers and progression guidance
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Support with your UCAS application and helping you build an understanding of the support available for Higher Education
  • Enrichment activities and events

Health and Wellbeing

Sometimes it can be a challenge not to let personal or college worries get in the way of studies. To help you through any difficulties, our Health and Wellbeing and Welfare teams are here to offer confidential support.

Financial Support

To take the financial pressures off you while studying at college, we have a number of financial support schemes in place to help. These include bursaries to help with travel, meals and college expenses as well as assistance in applying for travel passes which will entitle you to cheaper travel on buses, trains and even trams.

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team is 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, in class, in small groups and assistive technology – whichever suits you best.

What makes us different?

At Dearne Valley College, we care more about just your learning – we want to see you grow and develop as an individual and support you through your journey with us and beyond.

Our wide range of technical vocational courses and apprenticeships, including degrees and other higher-level qualifications, help provide you with the industry knowledge and skills to help you stand out in the crowd and achieve your career ambitions.

Our close links with local employers allows us to enrich our curriculum offer to allow you to participate in masterclasses by professionals, visits to the workplace, undertake work placements to further develop your skills as well as building professional relationships within the industry with opportunities for employment once you have finished your studies with us.

Specialist facilities

Take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities where you will learn within settings that reflect real-working environments.

Our facilities include:

  • DVC Sports Centre
  • DVC Gym Suite
  • Aspirations Hair, Beauty and Nail Salon
  • Dedicated social and meeting spaces
  • Engineering and Motor Vehicle workshops
  • Construction workshops
  • Usage of the Manvers Boathouse and Lake

What our students say

95% of our students said their courses helped them develop the positive behaviours and skills needed in the workplace.

93% of our students said they enjoyed their course.

96% of our students said they felt safe at college.

95% of our students said they are aware that the college offers Higher Education pathways.

Name: Michael Blythe

Course studied: Level 3 Sport

Now: Sport and Exercise Consultant

“I chose to study at Dearne Valley College because of the dedicated sport facilities, friendly and relaxed environment and the great reputation for Sport courses.”

Name: Holly Fields

Course studying: Level 3 Public Services (Former Wingfield Academy student)

“I love the college environment and being around different people. We get excellent support from tutors and learn within fantastic facilities.”

Name: Bailey Taylor

Course studying: Level 2 Motor Vehicle (Former Laurel Academy student)

“I enjoy coming to college as a I get to meet and work alongside new people and experience new challenges. My course is great as I get to work on a wide range of vehicles to prepare me for the future, such as a large collection of hybrid vehicles.”


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