Why Dearne Valley College?

Whether you’re about to finish College or sixth form, or you want to return to study, Dearne Valley College (DVC) offers a range of Higher Education courses designed to suit your lifestyle and career aspirations. Our Part-Time courses are ideal for those who may already be working but want to gain a nationally recognised Higher Education qualification to progress their career.

Why Study Higher Education at Dearne Valley College?
  • No upfront costs, as our Higher Education students can access tuition fee loans
  • Affordable fees and help with your Student Finance application
  • Support via the Higher Education Access to Learning fund for those in financial hardship
  • Academically qualified and industry experienced staff plus regular guest speaker sessions
  • Supportive environment with access to a dedicated Higher Education Study Skills Tutor
  • Small class sizes and one-to-one support
  • A timetable specifically designed to fit work, home and lifestyle commitments around your studies
  • Excellent support services including pre and on-programme study skills support, careers guidance, counselling, sports academies plus much more
  • Excellent on-site facilities including free car parking, Job Zone, diner, learning centre, sports centre, salon and restaurant
  • Courses have been designed in collaboration with employers, ensuring you will gain skills demanded by modern-day industry
  • Visits and residential excursions to industry-related venues, businesses and destinations
  • Partnerships with outstanding universities, with our Foundation Degrees being validated by Teesside University, one of the UK’s top universities

Take a look at some of our former Student Success Stories! 



We strive to help all of our students achieve their full potential and their qualifications so that they can move on to further study and/or employment.
Central to this is providing a range of support services and facilities to help students get the most from their time at DVC. Our Student Services Centre offers help and support from a team of professional, friendly staff in a private and confidential setting. Specialist impartial advice and guidance is available and to ensure that your time in college is a positive experience.

Our Student Services Centre can provide:

  • Financial Support and Advice
  • Information, Advice and Guidance about Careers, Employment, Progression routes, Self Employment and Volunteering
  • Counselling Services
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Disability Support Advice
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Bullying
  • Homelessness
  • Stopping smoking

We can also put you in touch with external agencies that provide advice and support appropriate to your needs. A handbook, containing in-depth information on the services provided, is available to all students and you will receive a copy during your induction. Copies are also available from the Student Services Centre and on our virtual learning environment.

To find out more, call into the Student Services Centre or telephone the Student Services Centre on 01709 513114 (a voicemail service is available).

To view our NMH rates, please click here

Tutorial Support

All full-time students will have both group and individual tutorials on their timetable each week.

Your Programme Leaders will also provide you with tutorial support with your academic study, set and review academic targets and set work to be completed outside of your academic sessions. The purpose of the tutorials is to:
- Set-challenging and aspirational targets
- Monitor and review progress
- Develop your personal, social and employability skills
- Support on any pastoral issues
- Support your progression and ‘next steps’

You can ask for an additional 1-to-1 tutorial at any point, substantial support and guidance is also provided for part-time students. Additional Learning Support (ALS) can be arranged if you need further support to meet your targets.

Learning Centre

The Learning Centre is well–equipped and offers a welcoming and supportive environment where you can find the information required for your course.
Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and supportive, and will be pleased to help you with your studies.

There are books, journals and newspapers, as well as electronic resources including computers, laptops, printers/scanners, and internet access.

We also have rooms available to study individually, as a group, or in silence.

Even when you’re at home we can still help, with our collection of eBooks, study support and learning materials on the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You can even email the team for support should you need it.


Our Facilities

Dedicated Higher Education Teaching Spaces

  • Providing a high quality learning environment
  • 45 person capacity Higher Education room with lecture chairs and easy to use AV equipment
  • 140 person capacity Higher Education room ideal for events, keynote speakers and conferences


The College’s online e-learning portal (Moodle) gives you access to a wealth of resources including materials relevant to your course and a range of useful information sources such as online journals, study skills guides and reading lists. The portal can be used with any device that has internet access.

Higher Education Study Room

The Higher Education study room provides access to PC workstations, internet access and printers.

Manvers Diner

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

DVC Sports

The College’s on-site and fully commercial sports centre, DVC Sports, boasts some of the UK’s best college sports facilities, including:

  • Fitness63 Fitness Suite: Recently extended and refurbished, the centre is equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength and conditioning equipment including spinning bikes and a free weights area
  • Recently installed FIFA 2 Star Synthetic Pitch which is the most advanced 3G surface in the UK
  • Floodlit Multi-Sport Cages
  • Outdoor Grass Football Pitches
  • Sports Hall

DVC Sports also has a variety of excellent Sports Facilities which are available to hire for a number of sports including:

  • 5 a side football
  • 7 a side football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Cricket lanes
  • Plus many more

Aspirations Hair & 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. Click here 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 www.mwbc.org.uk and www.teammanvers.co.uk for more information.

Travel Counsellor

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

Car Parking

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

Local Area

There are a variety of shops, pubs, eating places and things to do close to the College including Tesco, Asda, Holiday Inn Express, Costa Coffee, KFC, Greggs, the Bluebell Inn, the Church House to name a few.

The Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is a rapidly growing multi sports club based at Manvers Lake in Wath-upon-Dearne.  The current range of activities  include canoeing & kayaking, triathlon, running, open water swimming, windsurfing,  sailing, fishing, model boating, sub-aqua, biking and wildlife conservation.

Further information can be found at http://www.mwbc.org.uk/. 

The Cortonwood Retail Park is home to a variety of retail outlets including Morrisons, Boots, Smyths Toys, Halfords, Dreams, Pizza Hut, ASDA Living, Next, Argos, Matalan, SportsDirect, McDonalds, B&Q and ScS Sofa’s. Many students find part-time work at the many retail outlets. Further information can be found at http://www.cortonwoodretailpark.co.uk/

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