History of the College

Dearne Valley College (DVC) can trace its origins back to the Mechanics Institute in Wath. It first became a college of Further Education in 1976 when Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) established the Rockingham College of Further Education. It was renamed Dearne Valley College in September 1996 when a new £7.5 million development was opened on the site of the former Manvers colliery.

The college has grown significantly and attracted learners from across the South Yorkshire area and elsewhere.  There are nearly 1,300 16-18 learners, over 1,000 adults, 180 HE learners and over 100 Apprentices.  Delivery is planned for nearly 4,000 learners per year on Skills for Work programmes. 

On February 1st 2017, Dearne Valley College formally merged with the RNN Group to strengthen education and training opportunities across the Sheffield City, the East Midlands and beyond. The Group incorporates Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College, as well as Apprenticeship and business training arm, RNN Training and a number of subsidiary businesses. More information about the RNN Group can be found at www.rnngroup.co.uk 

Image courtesy of Peter Swales of Molem Builders

Photo courtesy of Peter Swales of Molem Builders

Provision is substantially on two sites; the larger campus on Manvers Park, and the smaller site established in the centre of Wath upon Dearne, the Rockingham Centre which includes discrete provision for learners with learning difficulties and a training restaurant. 

The college has traditionally concentrated on high quality vocational provision with progression routes from pre-entry to HE.  The emphasis is on the holistic development of the learner with a focus on the development of skills for employment, including English and maths.  There has also been significant investment in Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning as well as the development of training programmes for the unemployed. The college’s Skills for Work programme has expanded and there are now delivery centres across South Yorkshire and Sector Based Work Academies to create job outcomes for the individuals involved.

Recent developments at the college have included an extension of the Sports Centre, the opening of a new hair and beauty salon and the launch of motor vehicle mechanics and motor sport provision.

Higher Education has been delivered in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan, Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield Universities.  In December 2012, the college became a recognised partner of Teesside University.  The most recent QAA review of HE at the college confirmed that they have confidence in academic standards, the quality of provision and public information.

The curriculum is organised and managed within the following curriculum areas:
Flexible Provision: Community Learning, Workskills and Skillbase

Business and Commercial Services: ICT, Travel & Tourism, Accounting & Finance, Administration, Business & Management, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy and Hospitality & Catering

Construction and Engineering: Transport Operations & Maintenance, Engineering and Construction

Society, Health and Development: Sport, Leisure & Recreation, Public Services, Access, Health & Social Care, Child Development and Wellbeing

Maths, English and Teacher Education: Maths, English, ESOL and Teacher Education

The college has a flexible, entrepreneurial spirit and approach.  A network of partnerships/links has been established with a broad range of education and training providers, schools, voluntary and community organisations and local industry and business.  There are currently subcontracting agreements in place with a number of regional and national training providers.

The college prides itself on its close and productive links with the local community and the recognition of its effective partnership work in the FE sector and beyond.  It holds the matrix quality standard for information, advice and guidance services and is working towards accreditation as an Investor in Diversity.


Manvers Campus

The History of the Area

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