BTEC students cooking up a feast in the kitchen

Chloe is standing in the kitchen in front of a grill, which has burgers on it. She is holding a spatula in her hand just about scoop them up. There is a plate next to the grill with a bun, potato wedges and salad on.

One of the key skills that students take away with them after they leave RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) is the ability to be independent, in all aspects of their life.


At the beginning of every student’s journey at RNC they will receive one to one lessons in independent living skills (ILS) where they will learn basic skills from making their bed to making their own breakfast to doing their own laundry, making snacks and progressing onto making meals. We appreciate that every student will have a different starting point, some will already have these skills so each student will progress at a different rate and will have individualised targets to suit them. After students complete their ILS lessons they will have the option to move onto the BTEC Home Cooking Skills course where they can gain Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.


Mobility and Independence Teacher Kerry Kent says “The BTEC qualification enables students to build on the skills that they have gained during their ILS lessons. They will develop the techniques to be able to confidently cook meals, safely. They can transfer these skills to try different recipes and experiment with cooking.”


For the assessment element of the BTEC qualification students had to plan and prepare a one or two course meal for themselves and one guest. Kerry says “All the students worked independently for the assessment, this included preparation, cooking and presentation of the meals.” We are delighted to announce that all of the BTEC students achieved pass marks!


Level 1 Students

Tom Nevens – cooked ham, cheese and mustard panini.

Oscar Rawlings – cooked homemade burgers and wedges.

Emma Gaylard – cooked sausage pasta.


Level 2 Students

Chloe Cotterrell– cooked Thai turkey burgers with wedges followed by apple sponge and custard.

Ibz Iqbal – cooked breakfast wraps for starter with everyday chicken and rice for main.

James Faulkner – cooked everyday chicken with potatoes and carrots followed by apple sponge and custard.


If you’re interested in finding out about the skills you can develop at RNC, call our Student Enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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