Here’s what our students had to say…
“I learnt some Braille before I came here but now I’ve passed my BTEC Level 1. It’s one to one teaching so not in a massive group and you learn a lot more in that time. If you make a mistake you have to re-write the whole sentence so it’s really good practice. It’s nice to know that I have something there in case something does go wrong. Technology is great but it’s not always practical for things like writing notes and labels.” Chloe Cotterrell.
At The Royal National College for the Blind, we are proud to be the UK’s only organisation to offer accredited BTEC qualifications in Braille.
BTEC Level 1 Award in Uncontracted Braille for Touch Readers (or Sight Readers).
BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Contracted Braille for Touch Readers (or Sight Readers).
BTEC Level 3 Award in Applied Contracted Braille for Touch Readers (or Sight Readers).
Please note, these are recognised BTEC qualifications, however, they are not regulated by Ofqual or any other regulatory body.
Duration of programme
Dependent upon qualification and individual ability.
Level 1 (uncontracted) – no qualifications or previous knowledge of Braille is required.
Level 2 (contracted) – the student needs to be able to read and write uncontracted Braille.
Level 3 – the student needs to be fluent and accurate when reading and writing contracted Braille.
Level 1: Learning uncontracted Braille gives students the opportunity to develop the touch-reading and writing skills needed to recognise and produce the letters of the alphabet, full stop, capital letter sign and numbers. At the completion of the course students will also be able to produce Braille labels which will enhance their independence.
Level 2: Learning contracted Braille is an essential skill for those with a visual impairment or a deteriorating eye condition. Being able to read and write contracted braille restores confidence and self-esteem by providing students with an alternative and/or additional reading, writing and study medium.
Level 3: This qualification enables students to become familiar with the more complex rules that govern the contracted braille code and provides practice in the correct application of these rules. It focuses on the development of proofreading skills and the ability to produce accurate, correctly formatted written work.
Braille tuition is provided by experienced, specialist teachers on a one to one basis.
Lessons are individually tailored to each student so they learn at their own pace, which is closely monitored by the teacher.
The student’s Braille knowledge, reading and writing skills are continually monitored. Standardised assessments covering their knowledge, writing and reading of Braille are carried out at regular intervals throughout the course.
Braille enhances independence when progressing to Higher Education or future employment, empowering those with a visual impairment to complete and succeed in the sighted world.