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What is OpenOpportunity?

OpenOpportunity is a partnership of Secondary Schools,City College Norwich and Easton College. Over the course of the past 8 years the partnership has developed and run courses for pre and post-16 students in order to widen choices and opportunities available to students. These courses have included A-Levels, Young Apprenticeships and, more recently, Diplomas, BTECs and Foundation Learning programmes.

Over the past few years more and more schools and institutions have chosen to send students to OpenOpportunity courses.

HIGHER OPPORTUNITIES

The Higher Opportunities Charity has been set up by the OpenOpportunity partners in response to the need to better encourage and support Norfolk students who are thinking of going on to Higher Education after they leave school.  To find out more click on the Higher Opportunities link to the left of the page or here


26thNovember 2014

NEWS ACADEMY LOGO

We held an extremely successful Norfolk News Academy Conference on 21st October 2014 at City of Norwich School.

This was a fantastic FREE Higher Opportunities Event for young people in years 11, 12 and 13 interested in finding out about about careers in digital and print journalism.

This event was jointly organised by OpenOpportunity and The Young Journalist Academy as part of OpenOpportunity’s “Higher Opportunities” programme aimed at increasing Higher Education participation. The event was supported by News UK (formerly News International) – staff journalists who were the key deliverers of the day’s programme.

Visit Higher Education News to view gallery and read Lucy Furneaux’s account of the day, published in the EDP:

 


Hay Levels – Education at Hay Festival

Inspiring 3 minute films for A Levels

Listen to Lily on the subject of Hay Levels in the video below

Visit YouTube Hay Levels https://www.youtube.com/user/HayLevels

Here are some of our favourites!!

Maths – Trigonometry and Logarithms – Marcus Du Sautoy

History  – Weirdness of History with Simon Schama

English Lit – The Great Gatsby with Sarah Churchill


(University Interview) Practice makes perfect!! 

Both these events have now passed.

The competition to get into the university and the course of your choice doesn’t stop with A Level achievements.  Even if you have A* s all the way,  you still need to put together an attention grabbing personal statement and to be able to demonstrate the ability to think on your feet during tough university interviews.  So don’t rest on your laurels!  Take advantage of our sessions designed to make you stand out from the crowd!

Follow the links below or to the left of this page.

University Entrance Interview Practice: 4th & 5th November 2014. The early sessions were well attended and all students found them informative, useful and a chance to review and refine their interview skills under real interview situations.

We will due to demand, be putting on further sessions on 20th November.  

Please email us to express an interest.

Quotes from a couple of students who attended this week and wrote to express their appreciation:

I would love to have some more interview practice, and I would be happy to fit my timetable around any slots you might have free for me.” 

Thank you very much for the opportunity and I found the experience to be very helpful.”

Personal Statement Service from 20th October 2014

This service is still available and is a complementary service to school’s advice and guidance.  Please contact us by clicking on the link above or to the left of the screen.

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Free course for sixth form students

‘Preparing for uni’ – UEA’S MOOC (massive open online course) with FutureLearn

Watch the video.

To find out more click on the FutureLearn logo to the right.futurelearn

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THE 2014-2015 CONNELL GUIDES ESSAY PRIZE WILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS on 15th SEPTEMBER 2014. 

This year’s submissions will be judged by the author of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman.

To find out more click here or visit Connell Guides Essay Prize.

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UCAS Applications

Almost all applications for full-time higher education courses are made through UCAS.

You usually apply in the Autumn before you plan to start your higher education, so you’ll need to start researching during the first year of your course.

All applications are made online, using UCAS Apply.  The closing date for applications to most courses is 15 January.

Go to the UCAS website