Around half UTC Oxfordshire sixth form students decide to go to university and half move on to apprenticeships. A very small number of students move directly into employment or take a gap year.
With so many excellent apprenticeship schemes locally, it can be a difficult choice and a lot of factors need to be considered. For some students, going to university is definitely the best way forward and previous UTC Oxfordshire students explain why they made this decision:
“I wanted to become a doctor and needed to study at medical school. To make my application more competitive and find out more about the role of a doctor, the UTC helped to arrange voluntary work at the Urgent Care Dept of Abingdon Community Hospital , which I carried out half a day a week for over a year. I also took part in an Antibiotics Project with the Microbiology Society and wrote an EPQ dissertation on treatments for MS.”
“I wanted to go to Cambridge University to study Computer Science. I was the first person in my family to ever go to university so the application process could have been quite daunting, but the UTC helped me to structure a personal statement and with preparation for the interviews. The UTC supported my application to university preparation courses with the Sutton Trust and UNIQ, as well as the National Cypher Challenge anfd an EPQ dissertation on Artifical Intelligence. Even after I started university the UTC kept in touch and helped me to get a summer placement at Netscape, who then sponsored me through the last two years of my degree.”