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Supporting more students into Higher Education

6th November 2019 – Tags: Degrees and Higher Education, neaco

Higher Education provides students with more freedom to pursue career paths that inspire and interest them. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping students find the right Higher Education course for them. 

Participation in Higher Education in Norfolk

Recent figures show 46% of young people in Norfolk progress to Higher Education, compared to the national average of 58%. We’re working to change that. 

This pattern is not new. It reflects long-standing variations in participation in HE. 

Jerry White, our Deputy Principal, says:

There are fewer people in Norfolk who have studied at Level 4 and above. This means there is less of a tradition of studying at these levels within families and communities

Supporting increased progression to HE

At City College Norwich, we encourage our students to consider Higher Education. We are partners in neaco. This project focuses on students from wards with lower participation, and encourages and supports their progression to Higher Education. 

neaco advisers work with students to help to make them aware of the full range of progression opportunities available. 

Creative Media student Bruna Soares is one of those who has benefited from the support of a neaco adviser. Bruna’s aims to work in TV production, she is currently applying for apprenticeships and Higher Education courses.

I have considered apprenticeship courses at many production companies. It is a bit more difficult living here because we are a distance away from London and Manchester. However, I’m willing to make it work and move if necessary

Should I go to university for Higher Education?

Most people assume Higher Education and university are the same thing - but this is a myth! There are a range of options for studying at Level 4 and above both in and outside of a university.      

Jerry White expands: 

Thousands of learners are gaining important skills by studying Higher Education courses in colleges and through work-based training. This includes Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. These courses are developed and designed with employers. This means they equip students with higher level skills whilst meeting key professional standards and providing work experience


Our degree in Professional Aviation Engineering Practice is a good example of this. Students study European Aviation Safety Agency modules, so they can graduate with the qualification needed to become a licensed aircraft engineer. 


Current student Harry Purvis, currently on our Level 2 Aviation Engineering course, says,

My career goal is to qualify as a  pilot. Engineering is a good route into this career, as you gain experience of the aviation industry and experience with aeroplanes. 


You achieve the category B aviation engineering certificate with the degree, which will help improve your career choices

Is university the right choice for you? You can read more here, and view our Higher Education courses here

The local Higher Education option

Many of our students choose a college based Higher Education route, so they can remain in their local area to study, work, and live.

Health and Social Care student Morgan Taylor aims to become a primary school teacher. She is currently applying for Higher Education courses in Childhood Studies, and is considering a degree at City College Norwich

I am open to studying for a degree at college because it’s more familiar to me. I do not want to study far away, miss home, and regret my choice

Find out more about your Higher Education options

Explore the full range of Higher Education options available at City College Norwich at an upcoming open day or event.