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Dumfries and Galloway College

Dumfries and Galloway College is located in beautiful South West Scotland, the gateway to three countries - Scotland, England and Ireland; the perfect location to learn, live and explore.

You will find a quality lifestyle with a rich heritage and culture, access to numerous outdoor pursuits and ‘space’ to develop and to provide your professional expertise in a beautiful rural region. Cities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle are only an hour or so away by train or car.

We are a multi-award winning successful college that delivers professional, technical and vocational education and training across a wide range of sectors from introductory through to advanced level, including Modern and Foundation Apprenticeships.  We also provide a large number of industry-based training courses for businesses in Dumfries and Galloway and beyond. 

The main campus is located in the outskirts of Dumfries adjacent to the Crichton campus and the Universities of Glasgow and the West of Scotland, Scotland’s Rural College and the Open University.  There is a unique collaboration between the College and these institutions that brings a broad range of learning opportunities to Dumfries and Galloway.  In particular, the Campus provides the opportunity of university learning to a region where previously people had to leave in order to access university study.

The Crichton Estate which is open to the public contains stunning parklands and provides a beautiful environment for over 1,000 people to work.

An enhanced learner experience is achieved through shared services with the Universities of Glasgow and the West of Scotland in the form of some shared building space and a single, cohesive library service available to all students from each institution.

The College also operates a campus in the town of Stranraer, 75 miles to the west of Dumfries.  Although the range of provision offered here is not as great as that in Dumfries, it reflects the skills demands of the West of the Region.  Our campus sites reflect the commitment of the College in serving the needs of the whole of the Region. The College has an average of 5,000 students per year - 25% full-time and 75% part-time/other attendance. Approximately 10% are west of the Region based.

The College's approach to learning is a reflection of the rural locality, the local economy and the changing patterns of lifestyles. As a major employer and a dynamic rural learning institution, the 'digital' revolution has been strongly embraced by us and its many forms are fast becoming the basis of our organisations operations and academic delivery, enhanced even further from delivery changes as a result of Covid-19.

Although the College has two campuses and many learning centre partnerships across the Region, we are a College without walls - creating flexible learning approaches to suit everyone. This means learning opportunities are varied and abundant - from full-time courses to flexible part-time courses, from learning in College to learning at home, work or the top of The Merrick (local fell walking landmark) or beyond.

More recently The College, in collaboration with Borders College has completed the building stage of our funded project from the South of Scotland Interim Economic Partnership, now the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency

This is to develop a South of Scotland Skills and Learning Network that will provide an ICT and digital infrastructure to enable access to education, skills development, research, and business connectivity across the South of Scotland and beyond. The funding will also enable the colleges to develop STEM hubs in key sectors such as Renewables & Engineering, Sustainable Construction, and Care.

We are optimistic about our future and feel that through strong partnership working with our learners, schools, employers and the wider community; our continued investments in staff, facilities and infrastructure, using digital technology to improve access to learning and services and further enhance our commercial options; and the commitment and dedication of our staff we will achieve our aim of being an ‘outstanding college’ and a sector leader.

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Dumfries and Galloway – the lifestyle

The region of Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for its outstanding landscapes, beautiful and affordable housing and relaxed quality of life. Ideally situated in what is the warmest part of Scotland, the region provides convenient commutes to main city centres whilst offering the friendly atmosphere and good quality facilities of local town life.

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