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The Admissions Process

We recommend that anyone interested in a programme at RNIB College Loughborough attends one of our regular visit days.

If you decide that you would like to apply, you can fill in an application form which you will receive at your visit or you can download one or request a copy to be sent out to you.


For Further Education

Once our admission team receive your completed application form they will send you a letter of confirmation and request additional information including any medical needs, statements, school reports and transition plans. They will also make contact with your local career's advisor and school to request supporting information.

Part of the College's pre-admissions process requires you to attend the College for an assessment. This is normally on a Tuesday, with an overnight stay for students applying to be residential. As part of the assessment you will spend time with staff members and join in with college activities. This is so that we can get to know more about you and ensure that we can provide the right support to meet your needs.

Shortly after your assessment you will be contacted to confirm whether or not the college can offer you a place. This offer is subject to funding being acquired from your Local Authority.

We will compile a detailed assessment report which will outline the findings of the assessment and the recommendations of the College. This document will be sent out to you and also to your Local Authority to support your application for funding.

Funding decisions are made by the local authority and procedures can differ slightly between counties. You should receive a letter advising you if funding has been agreed.

You will receive a full Welcome Pack from the College during the summer before your course starts at the end of August.


For Employment Programmes

Once our admission team receive your completed application form they will send you a letter of confirmation and request additional information including references, CV and Better-Off-at-Work calculations which are available from your Disability Employment Advisor.

The next stage of the process is to organise an assesment.

Employment Programme assessments normally take place on Wednesdays, with an overnight stay for those applying for the extended assessment. As part of the assessment you will spend time with staff to discuss your current skills, experience and job goals.

Shortly after your assessment you will be contacted to confirm whether or not the college can offer you a place. This offer is subject to funding being acquired from your local Job Centre Plus and will require the support of your Disability Employment Advisor. We will compile a detailed assessment report which will outline the findings of the assessment and the recommendations of the College. This document will be sent to yourself and your Disability Employment Advisor.

The College operates a roll on-roll off policy which means that courses can start at any time throughout the year. The exception to this is for people applying for mainstream Loughborough College programmes where courses only start in September.


For Social Services Programmes

To apply for our Social Services programmes including The Bridge Programme, Flexible Futures and Respite Care, please contact the College.