Welcome to Havering Sixth Form College
I am delighted that you are considering studying with us at Havering Sixth Form College. If you are aiming for the best and want to achieve as much as you possibly can, then I believe this is the College for you. We will work hard to ensure that you have both a happy and a successful time with us.
Havering Sixth Form College acts as a 'half way house' between school and university, or between school and the world of work. We aim to prepare you for the next stage of your career. Within two years you should become an independent, critical thinker and a confident learner who has accepted responsibility for your own learning.
One of the main ways of making a success of your time at College is to form a strong relationship with all your tutors. This, however, calls for some commitment from you as well as mutual trust and respect between you and us.
Think of the joint effort needed to make a tandem bike go as fast as possible. It calls for effort from both cyclists to get the bike moving at all, especially at the start; and they must both be in 'synch' with each other at all times to make progress.
To get the qualifications you want, to get into the university or job of your choice, you will need to be actively involved in your learning. We'd like you to start thinking about how you learn, what you find difficult to learn, and what helps you to learn.
You bring to College not only all your previous experiences of learning, but also certain attitudes to learning; some of these may have to change, if they are not helpful to you. For example, we don't want you to be dependent on 'spoon feeding' from us in order to pass your exams. Instead, we want you to understand the subjects you are studying, and perhaps even come to love them, as we do.
Success depends on you being interested in your subjects and being prepared to put some serious effort into studying them.
Expect new experiences, new responsibilities and new methods of teaching and learning. We want to engage you in interesting ways of learning, such as Assessment for Learning: an approach which we will explain to you when you join us in September.
The College aims to be the first choice outstanding provider of full-time education for 16-19 year olds in the area embracing diversity and creating excellent opportunities for all. Staff and students will participate fully in the process of education to reach our collective potential and promote individual achievement at the highest level.
The Library and Learner Services offers an open access area for students to study quietly and individually in a supervised area where a seating allocation system is in operation. The library team will support you in your research and help you to access learning resources. We have a wide range of books, DVDs, periodicals, newspapers and on-line journals available for loan or reference. In addition to offering a fully staffed counter service there is a self-service terminal which uses the latest RFID technology for the issue, renewal and return of library items.
There are networked PCs in the Learner Services area and in addition students are able to borrow laptops on a short loan basis for use within the College grounds.
The College offers students the use of PCs and lap tops in a variety of fixed and mobile locations. There is internet access on all machines and every student has a College email account. Scanning, laser jet printing and colour printing services are also available across the College. There are computer zones within most subject areas as well as the Study Centre and Library. The College has also introduced an Internet Cafe where many students choose to work.
As well as the areas outlined above, many classrooms are equipped with computers and lap tops are available for student use in and outside lessons. The College is fully equipped with a wireless network, covering all buildings and outside areas. This was recently renewed to offer the highest specification and connectivity. The wireless network provides connection for a range of mobile devices. These mobile devices are used in a number of subjects to support learning in the classroom, on field trips and visits and at home, allowing students to enjoy the benefits of IT wherever they might be working.
Students can purchase stationery, borrow items such as digital and video cameras and arrange to rent a locker. Resources also offer a photocopying service together with laminating and binding.
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Moodle is the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides resources and activities to support students’ learning for a wide range of subjects coupled with an opportunity to discuss their subjects through moderated discussion rooms. Moodle can be accessed both from within College and from outside, allowing students full access and connectivity to learning materials and discussion groups from home.
The Room for Reflection
The College has a multi-faith Room for Reflection that is available for students and staff who wish to pray, meditate or take a quiet break during the College day.
Sports Hall, Fitness Suite and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
The well-equipped, full-size sports hall is in use throughout the week for various A Level and BTEC Sport and PE lessons, as well as training sessions for many of the College sports teams. The fitness suite in our new Sport, Leisure and Tourism block offers free weights, machine weights and cardio-vascular equipment including treadmills, rowers, bikes and steppers. We currently employ two fully qualified fitness instructors who can offer tailor-made training plans along with advice on nutrition, lifestyle and health.
As well as traditional measures of fitness, we are able to measure blood pressure, body fat, BMI and lung function to assist students in monitoring all aspects of their health. Students are required to undertake an induction and health screening questionnaire before using the gym. An outdoor table tennis table and equipment is available for student use during break times and students are also able to use the new MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) at lunchtimes and after College.
The College Restaurant
The College Restaurant incorporates a Starbucks Coffee bar. The restaurant offers a selection of hot and cold food, salads, pastas and sandwiches with an emphasis on healthy eating. Drinks and snacks are also available from vending machines and water stations are placed at various points around the College.
There is considerable support for students with special study needs. We have a Study Support Tutor, Roger Brock, who is a trained specialist in helping students with difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia. For more general study support our Learning Mentors can help with general study skills or offer 'catch up' programmes. The Learning Mentors are based in Learning Services.
The Care Zone is a very popular state of the art facility for students with a disability, serious illness or injury. Students returning to College following surgery or serious illness find it useful as a place to rest during their free periods, alongside students who are stressed or just need time to chill out.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Havering Sixth Form College directly.