Dearne Valley College Student Services Centre

Student Services Centre
Opening Times

Monday 8am to 4.30pm
Tuesday   8am to 4.30pm
Wednesday   8am to 4.30pm
Thursday   8am to 4.30pm
Friday    8am to 4.30pm


Supporting you and your learning

Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre is a ‘One Stop Shop’ where you can get impartial advice and guidance to ensure that your time in college is a positive experience. Our team of professional and friendly staff can offer help and support on any area relevant to your progress and wellbeing at college.

Ask us about:
- Financial Support and Advice which includes: 16-19 Student Bursary, DVC Training Allowance and other Discretionary Learning Support Funding options
- Information, Advice and Guidance about Careers, Employment, Progression routes, Self Employment and Volunteering
- Counselling Services
- Sexual Health Advice
- Disability Support Advice

We can offer help, support and information on a vast range of other issues including:
- 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 Moodle.

Personal Support and Counselling

Counselling offers you an opportunity to talk in a private and confidential setting about anything that is bothering you. We can help you deepen your understanding of what is happening, helping you to develop alternative ways of dealing with the situation.

You may be feeling:
- Stressed by your course or class mates
- On your own, lost or down
- Desperate about a relationship or lack of a relationship
- As though you are unable to cope with change
- Your friends/family don’t understand you
- Angry and want help to cope

Appointments are available Monday to Friday with our professional and friendly Counsellors who are based in the Student Services Centre; you can also make an appointment to be seen at the Rockingham Centre. However big or small your problems might seem, it is often better to talk to someone.

To contact the Counsellors or to make an appointment you can:
- Call into the Student Services Centre
- Phone the Student Services Centre on 01709 513114 (a voicemail service is available)
- Email

We also deliver group workshops and there is a drop-in support clinic in the Student Services Centre every Monday from 12 noon to 1pm.

Support for Young Parents

The Counsellors provide a support group for young mums and young dads which gives students an opportunity to get support from others in the same situation and get help from college staff. We can provide information and guidance on practical issues as well as emotional support. The groups run regularly and are student led so that you decide what support you need.

Sexual Health Clinic

We have friendly and supportive sexual health workers to discuss any issues relating to sexual health. The Sexual Health Clinic is held in the Student Services Centre on Tuesday and Thursday from 11.45am-1.30pm (Manvers site). We also hold drop-in sessions in the Construction building and the Rockingham Centre on alternate Mondays from 11.30am to 1pm. The clinic offers a confidential service with advice on safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases in a confidential setting.

The clinic offers FREE:
- Condoms
- STI testing
- Pregnancy testing
- Referral and support around termination
- Contraceptives, including pills, injections and implants
- Emergency pills.

Information leaflets on sexual health issues and external support agencies are also available in the Student Services Centre.

Disability Support

If you would like information, advice and guidance on your disability support needs, or support for a medical condition, you can contact the Disability Officer in the Student Services Centre.

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

The college has Advisors that offer a free, confidential and impartial service to both potential and current students. We give information, advice and guidance on career development, progression routes, options for further study, employment and volunteering, both on an individual basis and group tutorials.

We offer Information, Advice and Guidance on:
- Higher Education and the application process. We also offer mock interviews so you are prepared if you are asked to attend an interview at a university
- Helping you explore your interests, skills and abilities to decide what is the right career path or job for you
- Course choices and progression routes if you are thinking of leaving your course or progressing in education
- Job search skills, CV writing, job applications, interview skills, researching jobs and Apprenticeships
- Volunteer opportunities and self-employment

Connexions are also available in the Student Services Centre for drop-in sessions or by appointment through the Student Services Centre reception, offering impartial Information, Advice and Guidance on your options.

Space for Reflection

The college has a bookable room available through the Student Services Centre at the Manvers Campus. Please check on availability and book with the Student Services Centre reception if you wish to use it. For facilities at the
Rockingham Centre ask at reception and you will be guided to an available room.

Travel South Yorkshire Bus Passes

Bus pass application forms from Travel South Yorkshire can be collected from the Student Services Centre. Once you have completed the form and attached a passport photograph you should take it to any Travel South Yorkshire Information Centre, or post it to: Student Pass Applications, 11 Broad, Street West, Sheffield, S12 BQ

The Student Travel Pass will allow you to travel throughout South Yorkshire at a concessionary fare of 60p (will increase to 70p from April 2013) on buses and trams and half fare on Northern Rail Trains.

Please note:
- You must be enrolled at DVC on a course with a minimum of 12 guided learning hours per week
- You must be aged between 16 and 18 at the start of the academic year
- You must be a resident in South Yorkshire and your Council Tax paid to either, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield.

For more information or to plan your route visit


All full-time students will have 1.5 hours per week on their timetable for a group/1 to 1 tutorial with your Progress Coach.

The purpose of this session is to:
- Set-challenging and aspirational targets on your Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
- 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 by the Session Tutor.

Your academic course Tutors 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. Additional Learning Support
(ALS) can be arranged if you need further support to meet your targets.

Your Progress Coach can provide more details about this. 

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