Dedicated support is on offer to students who wish to progress onto university through specialist advisory sessions, help with UCAS forms and assisted visits to universities for visits, interviews and campus orientation.
In 2014, all students who wished to go into higher education received their place at their chosen institute.
Careers guidance is offered at RNC to all students wishing to move into paid or voluntary employment following completion of their courses at the College. CV workshops and interview skills are on offer along with researching tools for job hunting.
Some students prefer to become self-employed after their course at RNC. Certain courses contain modules on self-employment and developing your own business, like Massage & Complementary Therapies. Specialist staff are on hand to provide general advice and support and previous RNC students return to the College to share the benefit of their own experience in setting up a business.
For many people when they leave RNC, the desire is to live independently. This may be in an annexe of the family home, sheltered accommodation or privately renting their own flat or house. RNC helps students to achieve their personal goals in Independent Living Skills lessons.
Jenny finished her studies at RNC in July 2013 and moved into an independent flat near to where she lived with her mother in Cambridge a year later. As someone who uses a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy and has a visual impairment linked to the condition, she has achieved this with the support of a small team of personal assistants.
Jenny attends a weekly drama course in Essex at a place that works with people with disabilities, which she loves, and recently completed a short course on how to be a group leader there. She also works as a volunteer at a local organisation for young people with disabilities.
“She has embraced this new stage in life pretty well, although I think she has started to miss Hereford and the stimulation she had there,” comments her mother. “It is good to see her getting back the independence she gained at RNC.”