UTC Leeds students are celebrating being the first cohort to graduate from the city’s first university technical college (UTC).
Students at UTC Leeds, which opened in September 2016, study A Levels as well as high quality technical qualifications.
A total of 40 students sat exams this year, and they have achieved a strong first set of technical and academic results.
The technical qualification pass rate is 97%. In single engineering, the pass rate is 100%. In double design it is 100% and in double mechatronics, it is 89%.
The provisional A Level pass rate is 94%, with 39% of grades being from A* to B. In the extended project qualification, the pass rate is 30% for A* and 60% for grades A* to B.
Emily Devane, Acting Principal, UTC Leeds, said: “It’s fantastic to see our first cohort of students celebrate this major milestone. I’d like to congratulate them on their academic and technical success, wish them the very best for the future, and thank our staff and employers for their support.”
She added: “At UTC Leeds, students develop the technical, professional and personal skills that employers and the UK economy needs, and we are delighted that so many are progressing onto high quality apprenticeships, employment or university.”
Students at UTC Leeds complete A Levels as well as technical qualifications in science, technology, maths and engineering subjects.
The majority of students took technical qualifications, which are equivalent to one and a half A Levels and involve working on employer-led projects and develop team working and problem solving skills.
To find out more about places this September, email admissions @utcleeds.co.uk or call 0113 3530140. Follow @UTCLeeds.
This year’s student destinations include:
Leeds Beckett University: electronic and electrical engineering
Newcastle University: electrical and electronic engineering
Leeds University: mechatronics
Lincoln University: mechanical engineering
Leeds University: mechanical engineering
Schnieder Electric: Level 4 apprenticeship electronic and electrical engineering
Airedale Air Conditioning: Level 4 apprenticeship Mechanical engineering
Hull University: mechatronics and robotics
Keele University: accountancy
AECOM: Level 5 apprenticeship
Adept consulting: apprenticeship
Dyson Institute of engineering: degree apprenticeship in mechanical engineering
Heriot-Watt University: architectural and structural engineering
Huddersfield University: engineering design
Merchant Navy: deck officer
University of Birmingham: nuclear engineering
Hopkins catering: Level 3 apprenticeship
Brunel University: maths
UTCs are government funded technical schools that have been established to provide technical learning opportunities in partnership with employers and universities. They provide academic and technical qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds to match the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.
The £10 million UTC Leeds specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing, and opened in September 2016. Students can complete technical qualifications alongside GCSEs and A Levels and join at the age of 14 or 16. The UTC recruits from across Leeds City Region.
UTC Leeds is sponsored by leading advanced engineering employers and the University of Leeds, which is among the top 100 in the world for engineering and technology and Leeds Chamber of Commerce. The UTC has a phased recruitment process, and has capacity for 600 students who learn in cutting edge industry standard facilities.
More than 70 employers including Agfa Graphics, Braime Pressings Ltd, Lambert Engineering, Siemens, Sound Leisure and Unilever, support UTC Leeds. They have helped to design the curriculum including setting industry projects and also provide work experience and placements.