UTC Leeds students are progressing to top universities and employers after receiving their results on Thursday, August 13th 2020.
Students are celebrating a strong set of technical and A Level results with a high pass rate in both types of qualifications.
As with each year since UTC Leeds opened, 100% of students are going onto a positive destination, for example, university, an apprenticeship, further education or training or employment.
The UTC is a leading STEM academy and sixth form for 14 to 19-year-olds based on Sayner Road in Leeds South Bank. Students complete technical qualifications in engineering that are backed by employers alongside A Levels. The technical qualifications are worth between one and three A Levels.
Hannah Wilson, Principal of UTC Leeds, said: “We strive for technical excellence. Training young people in the high-level skills that employers need is at the heart of everything we do and will be crucial to the pandemic economic recovery. This unprecedented year has caused some anxiety nationally for students receiving their A level results, and we are delighted that the students’ efforts and the dedication of our staff team has led to excellent destinations for all our students.”
Students are going onto a range of destinations including university and degree apprenticeships with employers such as Lambert Engineering, Siemens and Springfields Nuclear.
Eloisa Ridley is heading off to her first choice, the University of Nottingham, to study for a Masters in Engineering Product Design after securing two A grades in Maths and Product Design, a C in Computer Science and a Distinction* in Engineering.
Ellie joined the UTC in the sixth form for a fresh start. She said: “I walked in and it just felt right. I liked all the engineering facilities here and the general vibe of the place.”
Ellie now has the results to enable her to pursue her dream of becoming a Chartered Engineer through the course at Nottingham. She said, “I’m speechless about my results, overwhelmed and generally very happy.
“My A in Maths was my biggest achievement here. What more can you ask for?
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the UTC. It’s been more supportive than other places I’ve been. There was always an incentive to work but also the freedom to work in your own way. It was really good.” So good, in fact, that Ellie’s younger sister is due to start at the UTC in September.
Alfie Crampton is progressing to a Degree Apprenticeship as a Field Service Engineer with global engineering company, Siemens, after gaining a Distinction* Distinction* in his Double Engineering Mechatronics course, an A in A-level Product Design and a C in A-level Maths.
Alfie joined the UTC when it first opened in 2016 and was in the first cohort of Year 10 students. It was the engineering facilities that first caught his eye: “The UTC has unopposed facilities, compared to anywhere that I’m aware of in Leeds. I’ll have been in Year 9 when I decided to come and I was apprehensive – it’s a big step at that age – but it’s by far the best decision I’ve made.”
He said: “I got the results I wanted. For me to have three qualifications and then Maths on top of that, I feel I’ve spent my time here at the UTC pretty well.”
UTCs are government funded science and technology academies that provide technical learning opportunities in partnership with employers and universities. The technical qualifications that students complete match the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.
During their time at the UTC, students work on employer-led projects, developing skills related to their subject specialism as well as team working and problem solving. The £11 million UTC is equipped with cutting edge industry standard facilities.
Employers supporting UTC Leeds include the RAF, Siemens, Unilever and Sound Leisure.
Some places are still available for this September. Young people can join the UTC in Year 10 at the age of 14 or in Year 12 at the age of 16. Visit www.utcleeds.co.uk