RNC - Royal National College for the Blind

Venns Lane

Tel: 01432 376 621

Web: www.rncb.ac.uk

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) is the UK's leading provider of specialist residential further education and training, working with people from the age of 16, who are blind or partially sighted, to promote their independence and potential.

RNC provides a range of full time programmes and short courses designed to prepare people for progression to further education, higher education and the world of work, but most importantly - life.

If someone is currently unemployed, job seeking, or needing to update their skills to retain employment or to pursue a new career, they can find the range of full time, short courses, employment assessment and work preparation programmes invaluable.

The College meets the education, training and employability needs of a wide range of clients, ranging from those who have recently lost sight and need basic preparatory skills to those who want to build on their existing skills to enhance their employability.

The RNC learning package is complemented by Braille, communication skills, literacy, living skills, mobility, transitional skills, numeracy, study skills and using enabling technology.

Life at RNC:

RNC is not a 9 am-5 pm college. Social activity is just as important as the teaching, which takes place in the classroom. RNC has recently completed a multi-million pound campus redevelopment, ensuring that learners have access to the very best facilities. Their brand new sports complex, thePoint4 offers:

  • A fully inclusive gym
  • Fitness studio
  • Sports hall
  • Floodlit Futsal pitch
  • Spa and Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Massage and Complementary Therapy Centre

In addition there are student run social clubs and student common rooms. Regular events take place both on and off campus to encourage students to develop interests, social skills and world awareness.

As home to the England/GB Blind Football Team, RNC opened the world's first football academy for visually impaired footballers in order to find a new breed of talent to compete in London 2012 and beyond. In 2010 the college hosted the World Blind Football Championships.

RNC can accommodate over 200 students in purpose-built halls of residence. The majority of rooms are en-suite and specially adapted; accommodation for wheelchair users and guide dog owners is available. Ofsted recently graded RNC's residential and care provision as 'outstanding'.

Student Support:

RNC has around 175 teaching staff and 56 student support staff. Medical, counselling and student support services are provided by qualified staff and are accessible at all times.

Last updated on 10/03/2015

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