Class of 2020 – Eloisa Ridley, Y13 - Student Stories - UTC Leeds

UTC Leeds graduate Eloisa Ridley is starting a new chapter in her life to study for a Masters in Engineering Product Design at the University of Nottingham after securing successful A Level and Technical results.

Ellie joined the UTC in the sixth form for a fresh start and studied A Levels in Maths, Product Design and Computer Science alongside a Level 3 Engineering Technical Qualification. She said: “I walked in and it just felt right. I liked all the engineering facilities here and the general vibe of the place.”

With excellent grades including two A grades in Maths and Product Design, a C in Computer Science and a Distinction* in Engineering, she is now set to start her first choice university option in September.

Commenting on her results, Ellie 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. There were quiet spaces and social spaces. It was really good.”

Ellie’s results are helping her on the next steps to fulfilling her dream of becoming a Chartered Engineer. She explained: “To become a Chartered Engineer you need a Masters in an accredited course, which this course at University of Nottingham is. It will take me five years including a year in industry.

“They have masses of 3D printers and I really like 3D printers. I fell in love with the place as soon as I visited and I’m really excited about going.”

Ellie’s love of 3D printers stems from her time at the UTC, where she used 3D printers for her favourite project prototyping a set of soap containers for her Product Design course: She said, “I must now have about 20 of the things. At one point it seemed like I had a 3D printer assigned to me and I just kept going and going for about a week!”

Now Ellie’s sister is set to join the UTC this September. She said, “It’s just great, they’re all very lovely here.”

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