Havering College

Learning Support


The College offers flexible, individually tailored support. This allows students to develop vital learning and life skills so that able to fulfil their absolute potential.

We are an approachable, friendly, dedicated and very experienced team. We are comprised of specialist tutors, support coordinators and learning support assistants.

Learning Support assists in groups or on a one-to-one basis:

  • Students with literacy and/or numeracy needs
  • General learning difficulties
  • Specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
  • Deaf or hearing impaired students
  • Blind or partially sighted students
  • Students with medical and/or physical disabilities
  • Students requiring exam support
  • Students requiring language support

For students with a Educational & Health Care Plan (EHCP) or have previously received additional support at schools please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to talk about your needs.

We offer a comprehensive range of support that includes:

  • In or out of class support
  • Lunch provision - to develop social interaction skills and to improve knowledge and understanding
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Additional 1 to 1 and small group tuition
  • Communication support
  • Practical assistance
  • Transcription and note-taking
  • Large print and alternatively formatted texts
  • Progression and future development support

Students can arrange confidential support interviews by ticking the College application form, speaking to a Progress Coach, a Class Tutor of by contacting Lerning Support directly on 01708 455011 extension 2220.

Exam Support
You may be entitled to specialist assistance in your exams. A member of our team can assess your needs and arrangements will be made where applicable.

Literacy/Numeracy Support
Support may be available for learners who need to improve their reading, writing or numeracy skills. This could be in-class or additional sessions on a 1:1 or group basis.

Other General Learning Difficulties
If you have received additional support at school or feel that you would benefit from some additional support, please indicate this on your application form. We will then contact you to discuss your request.

SpLD, including Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyspraxia, ASD
If you have a diagnosed SpLD we may support you either individually, in a group or with assistive technology. We can also provide advice if you feel you might have a SpLD, but have not previously been diagnosed.

Hearing Impairment
A Communication Support Worker (CSW) can be provided to support learners in and out of class. Specialist equipment and resources are available to meet the needs of individual learners.

Medical/Physical Disability
We have a wide range of equipment available for learners. Learning Support Assistants are available across all sites to support learners who may require assistance with medical/physical needs.

Visual Impairment
The College’s Transcription Service is able to adapt course materials to individual learners’ requirements and we can provide other assistive technology depending on requirements.

Language Support
Learners will be assessed by the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) team and appropriate support determined.

Supporting Mental Health Wellbeing
If you feel that you would benefit from some additional support please indicate this on your application form. We will contact you to discuss your request.

Physical Disability


We have a team of qualified Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) who can provide support, which includes:

  • Personal Care
  • Modification of course materials
  • Orientation (Assistance finding the way around college)
  • Note Taking
  • Lunchtime/Break time assistance
  • Medication

If you think you will require additional learning support whilst at college, please indicate this on your application form when applying for a course. If you have any queries regarding learning support then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Auditory & Visual Impairment


We can provide:

  • Sign Language – British Sign Language (BSL) or Signed Supported English (SSE)
  • Language Modified Notes
  • Lip Speaking
  • One to One Language Support
  • Adaptation to Course Materials – including Braille
  • Orientation (Assistance finding the way around college)
  • Note Taking
  • Lunch time/Break time assistance

If you will require additional learning support whilst at college, please indicate this on your application form when applying for a course. If you have any queries regarding learning support then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dyslexia & Dyscalculia


We have a team of specialist teachers and Learning Support Assistants who can support students on a one to one or small group basis to assist them with their reading, writing and spelling. This is in addition to the main course of study. Students identified as requiring support will complete an initial screening assessment.

If you will require additional learning support whilst at college, please indicate this on your application form when applying for a course. If you have any queries regarding learning support then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HE Students' Support


Havering College has shown its commitment to supporting higher education students by having dedicated workers within the Student Services department for HE students. They cover all campuses and, in addition to the usual level of support offered by Student Services, are able to advise students on specific issues around studying in higher education, e.g. financial advice, academic advice, counselling services and offer support to student representatives (StARs).

The college and its staff appreciate the difficulties that students can encounter when they join a Higher Education programme. It may be some time since you studied; your previous experiences of education may not bring back positive or happy memories; English may be your second language, or you may have been diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty.

The college has put resources in place to support students as they commence their programme of study. Some of these resources will be provided by the programme team, i.e. Study Skills modules and assessment support. If you are not able to resolve any concerns or difficulties you encounter with your studies through these activities, you should contact your Personal Tutor or Programme Manager. College services are made available on a referral basis and after discussing your concerns and difficulties with you, your Tutor or Programme Manager may refer you to colleagues in the Additional Learning Support or ESOL sections for further discussion regarding your needs.

Higher Education students requiring support will need to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) to fund their support. If you are a UK student you may be eligible to apply for the DSA which can fund additional specialist equipment and support. Student services can help you to apply for this funding but usually, you will need a valid diagnostic report to apply for DSA; please note that adjustments can only be put into place once we have the correct level of valid evidence.

Dyslexia testing may be carried out at the College but will incur a fee.

International students should submit evidence which is translated into English by a qualified transcription service and is formally authenticated as such. The original translation must be submitted, a photocopy is not acceptable. Fees will be incurred for any support required.

Please contact us if you require more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Havering College