Royal National College for the Blind

The Royal National College for the Blind the UK's leading specialist college of further education for young people with a visual impairment.
A maths student and teacher create a tactile bar chart
The logo of Royal National College for the Blind S41 status


Royal National College for the Blind
Venns Lane
  • Course Length (weeks):
  • Residential or Day:
    Residential and day
  • Start Time:
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25



General Description

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) is the UK’s leading specialist residential college for people aged 16+ who are visually impaired. With over 140 years’ experience, the College stands firm in its original aim to enable each and every student to achieve their potential and engage fully in their community. RNC's Vision is for a world where every person with a visual impairment has true equality.


RNC offers a wide range of GCSEs, A1 and A2 Levels, BTECs, NVQs and OCRs. It is home to the UK’s first Sports Academy for blind and partially sighted players of football, goalball, golf and judo. It also offers the first VI Cisco Networking Academy in the northern hemisphere.

Support and teaching are provided by a dedicated and highly skilled team of specialist staff using first class resources and facilities. The College also offers a comprehensive work experience programme, together with full transitional support for students wishing to progress into work or university.

In addition to gaining valuable qualifications and experience, students learn essential independence and mobility skills, ensuring they have every opportunity to live as independently as possible and achieve their individual goals.

RNC maintained its ‘good’ Ofsted rating during the last inspection in October 2017 and holds 'outstanding' from Ofsted for its residential and pastoral provision (2018).

Specialist Facilities

The College campus is fully accessible and facilities include: modern and fully inclusive teaching and learning areas; information technology equipment incorporating a full range of assistive technology; custom designed residences to allow for independent living; the Chapel arts and media centre, dedicated to art, performing arts, radio and music technology studios; and thePoint4, a fully accessible sports and leisure facility with gym, hydrotherapy pool and spa.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
    • Multi-sensory impairment
    • A wide range of physical disabilities
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A personal development programme
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • Comprehensive support in the learning and use of Braille and/or Moon
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • Opportunities to follow vocational courses
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
  • > Our specialist services

    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • Specialist orientation and mobility training to enable independent travel
    • A range of therapeutic services
    • Guidance and counselling services
    • Waking night residential staff
    • In-house nursing services
    • Residential provision linked to the academic year

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The S41 symbol next to most of the colleges in the directory means that they are on the Secretary of State’s Approved List.

This list, developed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014, means that some parts of the Act apply to these independent institutions. This includes specialist colleges.