About Dumfries and Galloway College

Dumfries and Galloway College is a further education institution and a leading voice in green skills development to help tackle climate change. With campuses in Dumfries and Stranraer, we are one of the main employers and providers of learning and training across the South of Scotland, with programmes ranging from senior-phase school partnerships to higher education. We strive to equip all members of our college community with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience they need to get ahead, whether that’s moving further into education or going onto employment.

Our student experience

We offer an excellent further-education experience, with a range of courses and qualifications available to suit our students’ needs, whether they’re embarking on their first career or looking to transition into a new one, delivered by teaching and support staff who care about what they do – evidenced by satisfaction among our students as 97% of our further education and 94% of our higher education students indicated that they were satisfied with their college experience*.

We’re here to help people develop the skills they need to take them to where they want to go, and to help enterprises innovate and grow, and to help build a better future for the communities we serve. We’re particularly proud that:

  • Almost 96% of our students go into positive destinations, 25% into employment and 70% into further study**
  • More than 7 in 10 of our students who went into further study moved on to university with advanced standing, gaining recognition for their studies with us.

Our curriculum

Our curriculum areas offer a broad range of further and higher education pathways across 8 subject areas, from traditional subjects to new, with a real focus on care, enterprise, digital, and green energy skills development. With a first-class research and innovation centre at our Dumfries Campus, we’re able to promote a green approach in education, research, and business, to devise, develop, and distribute the skills that are needed to operate the technology that will ensure a greener, cleaner, and better future for all.

As a highly-attractive destination for those interested in learning about and developing skills in green energy, driven by our Green Skills Academy, we set students on the road to fulfilling, rewarding, and productive jobs in their future. Going forward, the academy will further develop the curriculum and other aspects of our offering in the areas of green energy, sustainable construction, and green transportation to help students further maximise their potential in these key areas.

Our awards

The College and our students are proud to have been the recipients of many varied awards that reflect the learning and opportunities we offer, some of which include:

Year Award Category Entrant Outcome
2021 Green Gown Awards Sustainability Institution of the year (2020) College Winner
2020 College Development Network Awards Student of the Year Student – Chloe Flynn Highly Commended
2020 College Development Network Awards Digital Learning College Highly Commended
2020 College Development Network Awards Climate Emergency Action Award College Commended
2018 College Development Network Awards College Colleague Development Of The Year Colleague – Alison Martin Winner
2018 College Development Network Awards Sustainability Award College Highly Commended

At Dumfries and Galloway College, you will find a community that is proud of what we have done and where we are going. If you choose to study with us, you will be welcomed into a progressive college that will provide you with all the tools, resources, and support you need to make your future what you want it to be. Whether you are interested in construction or sport, engineering or IT, are new to education, or if you’ve studied with us before, at Dumfries and Galloway College, you’ll pick up the skills you need to help you get one step ahead.

* Based on results of our 2018/19 student satisfaction survey

** Based on our 2018/19 college leavers survey