The Early Years: From Cambridge to London to the Open University
City College Norwich has had a long history of providing Higher Education (HE) courses. It was not until 1977 that Higher Education featured in our name. However the college has had ties with HE since as far back as the 1890s. In 1893 the Cambridge University Extension Society delivered lectures at Norwich Technical School. There were chances for pupils to progress to certificates and degrees.
The link with Cambridge faded. But through the early 1900’s the College developed a budding relationship with London University.
Unfortunately, by the 1960’s all degree work had eventually faded out. This was due to the ever-changing face of higher education. In the early 1970’s, however, the College began to host Open University courses. This was also short-lived as the courses could not flourish and ultimately they went elsewhere.
But all was not lost
In 1977 “The Technical College and School of Art, Norwich” became “Norwich City College of Further and Higher Education”. In 1984 the College was approved to offer new degree courses including Accountancy, Business, Engineering and Secretarial Studies.
By 1990 Higher Education had once again become a part of the College’s curriculum! In 1991, the College became a Regional College of Anglia Ruskin University. A new range of new degree courses were made. Most notably of which the first BSc Nursing Practice degree in the country! This relationship carried right through until 2005.
Oh UEA, Oh UEA, is wonderful!
In September 2006, CCN became an Associate College of the University of East Anglia (UEA). Due to this new union, CCN is now able to offer a vast range of Foundation and Honours Degrees with both full and part-time options, as well as postgraduate, professional and Higher National qualifications.
The partnership between City College Norwich and the University of East Anglia is one of the most important changes to Higher Education in Norfolk in recent history. The move also came with many benefits for students. This included access to resources and facilities at both campuses.
This valuable link is part of an exciting vision for seamless progression routes for students. It has allowed CCN to be far more responsive to the skills and knowledge needs of local industry and business.
Impressive developments in recent years
One development for Higher Education at CCN has been the establishment of a new City Centre Campus. This saw St Andrews House become a new HE teaching centre from September 2012. Nearby Norfolk House became the College’s second HE centre at the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
CCN has continued to work closely with local, regional and national employers in all sectors, responding to changing skills and needs to provide opportunities for all areas of the community.
CCN was the first FE College in the country to gain an Awarding Organisation Status. This means that it was able to accredit higher level training provided by employers with nationally recognised qualifications.
From strength to strength
Although the college has had a varying relationship with Higher Education, in more recent years it is an area that has witnessed many fantastic achievements. Last weekend more than 500 Norfolk students celebrated completing their degrees and other HE courses with our graduation at Norwich Cathedral.
With the majority of the college’s HE students living and working in the county, the college graduation is a celebration for Norfolk students. Many of them have been supported in vocational Higher Education courses by local employers who are aware of the importance of higher level skills.
As the College celebrates its tenth year of partnership with UEA, and with many hundreds of Norfolk students recognising the benefits of staying local for quality Higher Education each year, it is safe to say that HE at CCN is thriving!