Specialist residential further education college for people with visual impairments
Up to 35 weeks per year
- Residential or
September for younger students, various dates for adult clients
- Maximum Number of
16 - 65 years
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.
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students who are blind or visually impaired
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with multi-sensory impairment
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with a wide range of physical disabilities
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder
- Expertise in meeting the needs of students with epilepsy and/or associated neurological conditions
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).
- 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
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.
- 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