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"We offer a varied range of courses held across the borough to suit all needs, whatever your reason to study we can help you achieve your ambitions."


We are delighted to welcome you to Havering Adult College. 

October 2014 saw Ofsted give Havering Adult College its highest mark by inspectors. Following their visit to the college, which is based at the Bower Park Centre in Romford, inspectors marked it as good overall in their report; noting that outcomes for learners, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, effectiveness of leadership and community learning were all good. To see the full report click here.

Havering Adult College uses a variety of venues across the borough, to ensure that learning takes place in the heart of our community. We are very proud of the achievements of our students and our success is based on strong partnerships within the local community, businesses and stakeholders. We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity and we are keen to welcome new and returning learners from a variety of backgrounds, ages and abilities and to meeting the needs of disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Many of our learners come to us to re-train or improve their career prospects or perhaps resume formal education after a break, whist others are learning for their own personal development. Whatever your reasons for study, we can help you achieve your ambitions.

We are very proud of our Beauty and Complementary Therapy area of learning which has its own dedicated working salon. Click here for more information.

Whether you want to study for pleasure or to gain a qualification, we are sure you will find a course of interest to you in this year's programme. With hundreds of courses to choose from, it really is your choice - but if you would like some help choosing, you can talk to one of our Student Services Advisers on 01708 434955.

Whatever you choose to do, we are sure you will have an enjoyable and rewarding time.

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Subject Areas and Departments

Havering Adult College offers a variety of adult learning courses acoss a range of subject areas including the following:

All courses are taught by certified teachers who help learners in understanding the concepts better and are always ready to assist them with their queries.

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How to Enrol

Enrolment Procedure

1.  Choose your course and make a note of your course code

2a.  Course code has an IAG Symbol - Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) required. 

Contact our Student Services Team on 01708 434955 to book an appointment and find out what you need to bring with you.

2b.  Course Code has no IAG Symbol

Call our Student Services Team on 01708 434955 to complete your application form and find out what you need to bring with you when you come in to complete the enrolment process.

In Person
No appointment necessary but please check our opening hours before coming along. You will be able to enrol at our Bower Park or Brittons Centres.

3. For all courses you will need:
A. Completed Enrolment Form - This can be completed in the centre or over the phone.

B. Payment - Cash*, cheque, credit**/debit card
* Cash payments can be made at our Bower Park or Brittons Centres
** Credit Card payments incur a 1.5% surcharge on all bookings

C. Evidence of ID
You will need to produce photo ID and proof of address - see below for examples:
Photo ID - This must bear your photo and your name.

Current passport, Current Photo Driving Licence, Workplace Photo ID Card, Freedom Pass, Travel Card ID.

Proof of Address - Must be dated and no more than 6 months old at time of enrolment. 

Council Tax Bill, Utility Bill, Mobile Phone Bill, Bank/Building Society Statement.

D.  Proof of eligibility to receive remitted, concessionary or 60+ concessionary fees.

See below for examples:

Letter from Department for Work and Pensions, Pension Service, Job Centre Plus or local authority confirming rights to benefits, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, Pension Guarantee (savings credit only is not eligible), unwaged dependent of someone in receipt of the above, Asylum Seeeking claiming Asylum Support Assistance.

Note:  Evidence must be no more than 6 months old at the time of enrolment.

You can enrol in person at our

Bower Park Centre
472, Havering Road
01708 434955

or at our Brittons Centre
Ford Lane
RM13 7BB
01708 554016

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We hold our courses in 9 centres across Havering, plus targeted courses in schools, sheltered housing and other community centres.

Enrolments take place at the Bower Park Centre and the Brittons Centre.

Bower Park Centre
472 Havering Road

Bus Routes : 103, 499, 500

Brittons Centre
Rainham Riverside Training Centre
Brittons School & Technology College
Ford Lane
RM13 7BB

Bus Routes : 165, 363, 372

We also hold courses at the following locations:

Ardleigh House
42 Ardleigh Green Road
RM11 2LG

Bus Routes: 256

Europa Centre for Languages
The Walk
RM11 3TL

Bus Routes: 248, 370

Forest Row Community Centre
Lodge Lane
Collier Row

Bus Routes: 294

Langtons House
Billet Lane
RM11 1XJ

Bus Routes: 165, 256, 370

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre
Hornchurch Country Park
Squadrons Approach
RM12 6TS

Bus Routes: 252

Elm Park Childrens Centre
Diban Avenue
RM12 4YH

Redden Court School
Cotswold Road

Bus Routes : 256, 294


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Inclusive Learning Support

Inclusive Learning Support
Havering Adult College is committed to providing all learners with a wide range of high quality courses to help enhance their prospects, aspirations, health and wellbeing. Courses are held in various venues throughout the community to ease access to our services.

Our Inclusive Learning policy outlines the steps we take to ensure that we offer an inclusive learning environment for all our learners. Our aim is to offer appropriate support and assistance as and when necessary for learners with disabilities or other health issues.

When you complete your learning agreement you will be asked if you have a disability, health or any other learning needs that we should be aware of. By making this declaration we will be aware of your needs and a staff member from inclusive learning will contact you to identify what support you require and how we can assist you. We will also enquire if we can notify the teacher, on your behalf, to ensure your learning needs are met from the beginning of the course.

Support with Examinations
In some cases we may be able to apply to the awarding body with a view to obtaining reasonable adjustments to assist. This is at the awarding body's discretion and not a Havering Adult College decision. The awarding body will require proof of your condition to enable them to make the decision. This should be provided to us at the start of your course. Havering Adult College has a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that inclusive learning takes place.

There are a variety of ways we can assist you to meet yout learning goals. This could include help with:

  • Adapted learning materials   
  • Dictaphones or video recorders
  • An interpreter to read or sign
  • Adaptive equipment or specialist computer software
  • Portable loop systems are available for use at all the centres
  • A learning support assistant in the classroom
  • Coloured reading rulers for learners with dyslexia

We can support learners financially if they meet certain criteria. To apply for funding, please request the email address of Brenda Hunt. The funding we have available is below:

Learning Support
For adults who have declared a disability or learning difficulty. This is used to provide resources or individual support.

Discretionary Learner Support (DLS)
This funding can be used to support travel costs and childcare. It cannot be used for resources for any fully funded learner.

Loans Bursary
For learners studying level 3 and level 4 who have taken out a loan, there is the facility for support to be put in place using these monies.

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Are you looking to take control of your life and get back into the job market?

The Havering Adult College Employability Training (ACET) department offers high quality free employability courses that help you to get ready for work.

Our partnership with Jobcentre Plus and strong links with local employers put us in a very good position to offer you the training and up-skilling opportunities you need to enter the job market.

We have dedicated Employability Trainers who will guide you on the courses and give you the skills and confidence you need to obtain and maximise interview opportunities to help you successfully secure employment.

We offer a range of courses which help you recognise and develop your existing transferable skills, increase your confidence levels and make you job-ready that are available throughout the year, including Practical Office Skills, Money Management, Customer Services, Business Administration and Setting up your own business.

Our Employability and Partnerships Officer can help you by assessing your existing skills, goals and needs and by creating an individualised action plan for you. This will be reviewed regularly to ensure you are steadily progressing on your job-seeking journey.

There are also our hugely popular "Get That Job!" and "Advanced Employability Skills" programmes that can be completed within a week, designed to get you work-ready no matter your preferred area of employment. Also, don't miss the chance to book a free, individualised mentoring session with one of our team. This service was recently very highly praised by Ofsted.

Why choose our courses?

  • They are FREE for unemployed jobseekers
  • Wide range of part-time, short programmes that get you ready for work
  • They help you develop the skills and attitudes that employers are looking for
  • They offer high level of individual support with advice on job seeking, application forms and interview preparation

When and where do they start?
Every other week at the Brittons Centre in Rainham, although some progression courses might be offered at other centres in Havering.

How do I enrol?
Call the Brittons Centre, Ford Lane RM13 7BB on 01708 554016 or speak to your Adviser at Jobcentre Plus.

Progression Opportunities

  • Customer Service Level 2
  • Beauty and Complementary Therapies
  • IT - Entry Level to Level 3
  • Award in Office Skills Level 1
  • Award in Personal Money
  • Management Level 1
  • Certificate in Business and Administration Level 3
  • Teaching
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Set up your own business


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Europa Centre

Exciting New Venue

Havering Adult College is delighted to now work alongside the famous Europa Centre, based in Upminster. This exciting venue is designed to reflect a traditional European town, complete with mock shops & amenities including the butchers, bakers, pharmacy and even it's own radio station, and is visited by schools around the country.

Language Learning for Children

As well as some of our adult language classes taking place within the venue, Havering Adult College now offers a range of language-learning classes for children. With classes located around the borough it has never been more possible for children to get a head start in foreign language learning. Many colleges and businesses recognise the need to improve language skills at an early age to improve life chances - and now, with these courses, children can be supported to do just that.

Competitively priced, with a range of money-saving options (such as sibling discounts, and block booking savings), courses cater to Primary and Secondary age children. Contact us on 01708 434955  for more details, and start supporting your children's future now.

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Success Stories

Here's what some of Havering Adult College students have to say:

Suzie - Academic Year 2013-2014:

"I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at the College who has made it possible to do the courses and complete them. I thoroughly enjoyed my courses and will continue to do more and carry on learning at Bower Park.

With your help I have found the confidence to gain employment in a beauty salon, where I am able to be left on my own to do treatments with confidence.

I am proud to say I am a qualified nail technician and beautician, thanks to everyone at Bower Park especially Kerri, Toni and Alex.

I look forward to doing more courses. See you soon."

Lesley - Academic Year 2013-2014:

"My name is Lesley and I have found coming to college has helped me a lot. It has given me confidence with my maths and allowed me to help my children with their homework. It has given me a lot of confidence working with others, and to get up and solve problems on the board in front of the class."

 Lesley is currently studying Maths at Level 1 and has completed her first portfolio.

Sarina - Academic Year 2013-2014:

"I've completed English and have now moved on to maths. I can see that I am understanding maths better and can now help my son with his school work"

Sarina has been attending college for 3 years, has achieved L2 English and is currently studying L1 Maths.

Sandra - Academic Year 2013-14:

"I am now living in Dorset with my partner and working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the Legacy Department as a Legacy Administration.

My new confidence and improved IT skills have been really beneficial. I believe that if I had not done this course I wouldn't be working at RNLI."

Laura - Academic Year 2012-2013:

"Before starting my city and guilds courses in cake decorating at Havering Adult College, I had never decorated a cake. This was less than 2 years ago. Now i plan to begin my own business in cake decorating, after building up a portfolio and designing a website.

The course I found to be very helpful, and the teacher was brilliant - going out of her way to accommodate all of our needs and requests. We learnt various different icing techniques, covering many different types of icing including sugar paste, royal icing and flower paste. Although I had never touched any of these mediums before, I can now do fairly intricate work, and would definitely look into doing a further course in this area."

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Contact details

Havering Adult College offers courses at many sites around the borough, but these are not all open for enquiries and enrolment. To contact us please do so via:

Enrolment Centres:

Bower Park Centre, 472 Havering Road, Romford, Essex. RM1 4HR

Tel: 01708 434955

To enrol, select option one and option one again to speak to a Student Services Advisor.

For more information on inclusive learning select option four.

Brittons Centre, London Riverside Training Centre, Ford Lane, Rainham, RM13 7BB

Tel: 01708 554016

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