College Receives Commendation for Higher Education!

Date: 04/09/2014

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has commended Dearne Valley College following a review of the Rotherham-based College in June 2014. 

The College currently offers Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas in areas including Sport and Exercise, Health and Social Care, Public Services, Early Years and Travel and Tourism.

Following the review earlier this year, a report has been released confirming the Agency’s findings that Dearne Valley College’s academic standards meet UK expectations, receiving commendations in two areas, and no recommendations for improvement. The commendations praised the College for both its enhancement, and the quality, of student learning opportunities. The report also found that examples of good practice were demonstrated, including ‘the support mechanisms that enable student development and achievement, which are excellent and wide-ranging’.

Principal and Chief Executive at Dearne Valley College, Martin Harrison said:

“We are very proud to announce that Dearne Valley College has achieved the prestigious QAA quality mark, which highlights our commitment to offering high quality Higher Education courses and opportunities, right on the doorsteps of students across the region. The report included recognition of our ‘clear commitment to developing and enhancing interactive technologies’ and our ‘systematic and holistic approach to quality improvement in learning and teaching’ which is a fantastic accolade for us.“

“We are extremely proud of our growing Higher Education provision and this accreditation recognises the excellent efforts of the College’s staff to deliver higher level skills in a range of industry areas.”

The full QAA report regarding Dearne Valley College’s review can be found at

If you would like any information about the College’s range of Higher Education courses, or to apply, contact the College’s Admissions team on 01709 513355, at or alternatively you can visit the website at


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