Dearne Valley College

Updated Monday 7 December, 2015 by

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

Telephone: 01709 513333

At DVC you will find a wide variety of vocational courses and Apprenticeships that will further develop your existing skills and support your plans for the future.

As a former Dearne Valley College (DVC) student, I have found the college to be welcoming and encouraging. During my three years at the college, I have developed the practical knowledge I need to pursue my career as an Art Teacher. Alongside my main programme, I have also built firm foundations for my future with English, Maths and skills.

At DVC, you will find that the Tutors make it easy to adjust to college life and the team are always keen to listen to ideas and views of the learner. For those who join the DVC family, there’s a chance to get involved with the Student Association, which aims to develop the learner experience. There are also lots of activities taking place throughout the year that learners can get involved in – some are just for fun, whilst others give you the opportunity to gain extra qualifications.

Emily Kitchen

Former DVC Art Student

Whether you’re thinking of applying for a course, interested in finding out more about our business services, or simply visiting our excellent facilities, we hope that this website provides all the information you need. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need further help, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you to the college....

What makes us different:

Dearne Valley College Core Values

1. The learner at the centre of all we do

2. Passionate about high quality

3. A respectful and supportive environment

Learner support:

Here for you

Course Tutors

Your Course Tutor is here to guide and encourage you with your studies. They’ll also give you feedback on your progress and talk to you about opportunities after your course. You can turn to your Course Tutor if you need help and support during your time at College. They will work with other members of staff to ensure you receive all the support you need.

Tutorial Assistants

The College’s team of Tutorial Assistants will work with you to support you on your course, as well as working with other support staff. They are all very friendly and have that extra bit of time to give you the support you need to reach your goals.

Literacy and Numeracy Support

Good English and Maths skills will not only help you with your studies, they will become the foundations of your future career. All full-time courses now include ‘Functional Skills’ which cover Maths, English and ICT qualifications. If you have trouble with spelling, grammar, punctuation; are dyslexic or you think you might be dyslexic or have another learning difficulty, we can test you and give you extra support in one of our English/Maths support workshops.

GCSE Maths and English

Some courses specifically require GCSE Maths and English at grade A-C. If you don’t already have this, we can help. Depending on the grades you have, there are a number of options available to help you get the grade you need.

Equality and Diversity

We recognise the richness brought to the College through the diversity of its students and staff. We recognise individual worth and endeavour to support you in reaching your full potential. We will take positive action against any form of discrimination or inequality should you encounter this as a student of the College.

Help with Disabilities

We will strive to provide the support you need to be successful on your course. When you apply and are interviewed for a course at the College, you will have the opportunity to discuss any additional support you may

need - this could be a learning need, physical or sensory disability, a long-term health condition or a multiple disability. We will arrange for you to meet our Disability Officer, who has specialist knowledge and experience, who will work with you to assess your support needs. If you need information on the College’s hearing loop facility, note-takers, interpreters or if you need any College documents in an alternative format please enquire at a reception point. If you would like to discuss the support we can provide, please contact the College’s Disability Officer on 01709 513333.

Keeping you Safe

The College has a Safeguarding Policy to ensure that all young people and vulnerable adults attending activities in the College do so in a safe and secure environment. The policy sets out the steps we take to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults. There are Safeguarding Officers in College available to give you the help and support that you may need.

Zero Tolerance of Bullying

We will do everything we can to ensure that the College is a safe and supportive place to learn. There is a zero-tolerance approach to all types of bullying. Bullying is never acceptable and we have a clear approach to student discipline which will be implemented in such situation. Students who are concerned about bullying should talk to their Tutor, Tutorial Assistant or someone in the Student Services Centre.


Student Services Centre

A warm welcome awaits you in our Student Services Centre, which is a friendly and calm environment, providing a ‘One-Stop-Shop’ service to all students. The Student Services team offer impartial and confidential support on a wide range of areas relevant to your progress and wellbeing during your time at College.


Counselling offers you an opportunity to talk in confidence about issues that are troubling you either in College or in your personal life. The Counsellors will help you to develop alternative ways of dealing with the situation. They also provide a young parents’ support group for both mums and dads.

Careers Guidance

Visit the Student Services Centre to access free and impartial career information, advice and guidance about your career development, what to study, employment including apprenticeships, starting your own business and volunteering. There is also a wealth of careers resources available in the Student Services Centre.


Representatives from Connexions are available in the Student Services Centre. They provide independent, impartial and confidential support and advice on a range of issues including education, training and employment.

Sexual Health

Based in the Student Services Centre, a free confidential service provided by a team of trained Sexual Health Workers offers advice on safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases.


You may be able to get discounts on travel to and from college. Bus pass application forms are available in the Student Services Centre. If you are worried about paying to get to College, the Student Services team are here to help.

Money Matters

 The college has a number of funds which are there to help support you if you find yourself in financial difficulties that are affecting your attendance at college and your studies.

 DVC Training Allowance

For all students aged between 16-18 and studying on a full-time course or on an apprenticeship at DVC who have a 100% attendance record, show good standards of behaviour and conduct with no formal disciplinary whilst at college.   All qualifying students will receive £10 a week which will be paid monthly into their bank account.  Qualifying students may also receive £100 achievement bonus paid at the end of the academic year (2012/13) if, in addition to 100% attendance, they have achieved all qualifications that they are enrolled onto throughout this time.

16-19 Bursary

If you’re aged between 16 and 19 years and in full-time education or training you may be eligible for a mandatory or discretionary bursary.

Young people in the following groups are eligible to receive a mandatory bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
- Young people in care
- Care leavers
- Young people claiming income support in their own name
- Disabled young people who receive both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in their own name.

However, other students facing genuine financial difficulties may be awarded a smaller, discretionary, bursary which is means tested and is allocated based on specific priorities and eligibility criteria.  College eligibility criteria are currently based on a maximum household income of £21,000, good standards of behaviour and over 90% attendance. The bursary can help with costs such as food, transport, books and other course-related equipment and/or essentials.

Learner Support and Welfare Fund

The Discretionary Learner Support Funds can be used to buy equipment help with travel expenses, childcare and other costs related to attending College to study. These means-tested funds are limited and are allocated based on specific priorities and criteria. If you are 19+ have a good attendance and the gross household income does not exceed £21,000 you could be eligible for these funds.   The college also operates a small discretionary Emergency Welfare Fund to help students in crisis situations. Funds are limited and are intended to help in the short-term.

 Support with Childcare Costs

The College may be able to provide support for your childcare costs if you are a full-time student, either for part of or for the full year. If you are 20+ the College receives funding which may contribute towards the childcare you require.  In addition, young people under the age of 20 with childcare needs may be eligible for childcare and travel costs through the national ‘Care to Learn’ scheme.  Find out if you're eligible visit

Programme Funding

The following Learners will be entitled to full funding for their learning programme:

  • 16-18 years old on 31st August 2013
  • Learners aged 19 – 23 years of age studying their first full Level 2 qualification.
  • 19 - 24 year-old Learners studying their first full Level 3 qualification.
  •  Entry or Level 1 (excluding Basic Skills) where a Learner has an entitlement to a full Level 2 qualification, in that they must have a highest prior attainment of Level 1 or below, but need a step up from basic skills in order to progress to a full Level 2 and are aged 19 – 23  years of age. 
  • Individuals on Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) for skills training in order to help the individual into work or to remove a barrier to getting the individual into work.

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