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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.


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


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

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!!

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 towards the end of November.  Date to be confirmed shortly.   

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.



24th September 2014


The Norfolk News Academy Conference 21st October 2014 to be held at City of Norwich School

Fantastic FREE Higher Opportunities Event coming up on the 21st October for those interested in finding out about about digital and print journalism!!!

We have such an exciting opportunity coming up for Norfolk students in Year 11-13 in October.  This free event – The Norfolk News Academy Conference – is aimed at students who are considering a career in journalism and is being jointly organised by OpenOpportunity and The Young Journalist Academy. This is part of OpenOpportunity’s “Higher Opportunities” programme aimed at increasing Higher Education participation. In addition the event is being heavily supported by News UK (formerly News International) – staff journalists from which will be the key deliverers of the day’s programme.

If you are a school/sixth form, please contact us to view a preliminary agenda and to request places for your students.

Many top journalists will be there to share their knowledge, insights and top tips; the event will include lively debates on topical issues, breakout sessions with renowned journalists and a mock press conference. An essential part of the day will be providing time to network so students can talk to journalists and media professionals.

There are a limited number of places available for the event, which we expect to be over-subscribed so please contact us to discuss place allocation as soon as possible as the deadline for submission is this Friday 26th September!

If you are a student, please contact the relevant member of staff at your institution to request a place for you !!

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.   Higher Opportunities Logo


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



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.


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