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About Dumfries and Galloway College

Dumfries and Galloway College is located in South West Scotland, the gateway to three countries – Scotland, England and Ireland. Our campus sites reflect the commitment of the College in serving the needs of the whole of the Region.

The College delivered, in academic year 2021/22 to some 1,253 full time and 4,108 part time students who study at SCQF levels 2 to 9.  Our latest student satisfaction (academic year 2022/23) identifies that 97% of our further education and 94% of our higher education students indicated that they were satisfied with their college experience.

In our recent student leaver destinations (2021/22) 96% of our students go into positive destinations, 31% into employment and 65% into further study.

We have 6 Curriculum Areas within the College –

  • Engineering and Renewable Transport
  • Business, Enterprise, Digital Technology and Creative Industries
  • Digital Health, Social Care, Sport and Fitness
  • Lifestyle: Hair, Beauty and Hospitality
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Childhood Education, Supported Learning and Employability

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

The main campus is located on the outskirts of Dumfries adjacent to the Crichton campuses of the Universities of Glasgow, Scotland’s Rural College and the Open University.

We have developed in collaboration with the University of the West of Scotland unique degree provision in a number of key sectoral areas including business, cyber security and creative industries.  These degrees enable young people within the region to develop their skills and to continue to study either in person or online across Dumfries and Galloway.

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

The College’s campus in Stranraer has some 250 students who study a number of subject areas – early years, engineering, construction, supported programmes and hair and beauty.  It has some key partners based on the site – Skills Development Scotland careers service and Better Lives Partnership who work with young people with disabilities.

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, we have strongly embraced digital curriculum delivery and offer a number of qualifications entirely online or via hybrid study.

We are moving into an exciting stage of our development, building on the successes of the past and driving forward to achieve our aspiration of becoming “an outstanding regional college”.

We are optimistic about our future and feel that through

  • our strong partnership working with our learners, schools, employers and the wider community;
  • our continued investments in staff, facilities and infrastructure,
  • our investment in 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.

To read more about how we intend to achieve our ambitions, view the annual accounts and Regional Outcome Agreement, please click:

(Ambition 2025)

Regional Outcome Agreement

College financial statements