UTC Oxfordshire’s Year 13 students are celebrating this morning after their hard work gained examination results that will open the doors to a range of exciting industry apprenticeships, university degrees and degree courses. The Ofsted rated ‘Good’ engineering and science college, which offers a focused education in a unique workplace-style environment, saw grades improve with 100% pass rates in biology, chemistry, computer science, extended project and further maths.
The results have secured students places on prestigious degree apprenticeships with companies such as Airbus, BMW, Cobham, H2 Labs, Jacobs and RWE and advanced apprenticeships with companies including Engineering Solutions, Peter Brett Associates and Diamond.
Students have also achieved places on a wide variety of courses at Russell Group Universities including Oxford, Exeter, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham and Warwick Universities, where they will study maths and computing, law and civil engineering, criminology, physics and engineering.
Principal of UTC Oxfordshire, Owain Johns, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate our students on their achievements, which are well-deserved after their hard work. The majority of this year’s cohort were our ‘Pioneer’ students, who joined us as real trail blazers back in 2015 when we first opened.
“They have worked hard over the four years with us and really proved the concept of the UTC. I am particularly pleased with the variety and calibre of apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and university courses that our students have secured. I hope that they will build on the academic and employability skills that they have learned with us here at UTC Oxfordshire and wish them every success in their future careers.”
A couple of students who have excelled are Katrina who achieved D*D*D* in Engineering and has secured a degree apprenticeship with BMW Mini and Tyler who achieved 3 A*/2 A grades which is taking him to University of Oxford to study Maths and Physics.
Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust, said: “I would like to congratulate all students who are receiving their results today and wish them every success for the future. Today marks the end of the fourth year at UTC Oxfordshire and the results of those students who embarked on a different kind of education some four years ago.
“UTCs are a relatively new type of education provision and UTC Oxfordshire’s results will again place it as one of the best in the country. Huge credit must go to all staff who have supported the students through the last four years; UTC Oxfordshire is leading the way in innovative, employer focussed STEM Education that our area and country so desperately need.”
UTC Oxfordshire is strongly focused on preparing students for their future careers, supporting them with everything from CV-writing and interview preparation to the day-to-day skills required to succeed in the workplace. This, combined with opportunities to work with the college’s industry partners, gives UTC students a distinct advantage when applying for apprenticeships, higher education courses and employment.
Over the last three years, a quarter of Year 13 UTC leavers overall went on to start apprenticeships and last year 37% of those apprenticeships were at a higher or degree level. This is more than six times the national average.