Student destinations – Year 13

Our aim is to provide clear progression for all students into higher education, further education, employment and apprenticeships. Take a look at what some of our Year 13 students have planned for when they complete their time at UTC Oxfordshire:

Katrina

Year 13 student Katrina is on the fast track to a successful engineering career after securing a prestigious apprenticeship with BMW.

As well as being offered the highly sought-after four-year degree apprenticeship, Katrina also received offers from top universities including Warwick and Birmingham.

Katrina said: “I went along to a careers event at BMW and spoke to their current apprentices, had a tour of the plant and came away with a really good feel for what it would be like to work there. At UTC Oxfordshire, we also do employer-led projects (ELP) with BMW, which has given me a good insight into their company. I applied for an apprenticeship straight away.”

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Goncalo

Year 13 student, Goncalo, secured a place on the highly sought-after Flying Start programme between Newcastle University, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC) and Institute of Chartered Accountants, starting September 2019.

The offer came after a rigorous recruitment process, accepting only a small number of the hundreds of students that apply every year to this competitive degree.

“I joined UTC Oxfordshire back in year 10, as one of the pioneer students. I saw it as an investment into my future. The best thing is the environment, you are learning with people that actually want to learn and do well.”

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Molly

Year 13 student, Molly, has secured an offer to study criminology at University of Bristol, September 2019

Molly said: “I got offers back from all of my university choices, with Bristol being my first choice. I love the city and its campus, and the four-year course here includes a year studying abroad, which is a big bonus.”

“I’ve enjoyed my time at UTC Oxfordshire. It is a smaller college, which makes it much easier to communicate with the teachers and they treat you more like an adult. I also got so much support from the staff on my UCAS application and personal statement, which really helped me to secure offers!”

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Elliot

Elliot has secured an unconditional offer to study Motorsport Technology at Oxford Brookes University in 2020, after landing a year’s employment in Dubai, starting this October!

Elliot said: “From a young age, I’ve always loved cars and racing and am very competitive. Outside of school, I race all around England and Europe. A connection of mine, who runs the team out in Europe, came to the UK and we got talking about potential opportunities. I cheekily asked him when he was going to offer me a job, and he did!”

“The unconditional offer I have received from Oxford Brookes University to study motorsport technology will be something I take up the following year.”

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Leiden

Leiden, has secured a sought-after degree apprenticeship with HT2 Labs following a successful school work experience placement with them.  

HT2 Labs are an e-learning software development and web design company, based in Combe, Oxfordshire.

Leiden said: “I believe the degree apprenticeship will be starting in September. I will rotate around different departments, such as front-end and back-end, to get a feel for which area is better suited to me. This will be a four-year apprenticeship. Meanwhile, I will be studying software engineering for my degree with The Open University.”

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Tyler

Sixth form student, Tyler, has received a conditional offer to world-renowned university, University of Oxford, to study computer science and mathematics in September 2019.

“I wanted to go to a university where I knew I would learn as much as possible; one with the hardest and most thorough specifications. I have also received conditional offers for Bath, Bristol and Southampton University on the same course, with the final year being a masters.”

“I had been planning to secure a place at University of Oxford for some time, and our Head of Sixth Form, Sue, had sent me on trips to prepare me, such as the University College Oxford and Peter House Cambridge trips, offering sample lectures, tutoring and tours of campus.”

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Yufan

Yufan has received a conditional offer for his first choice, University of Exeter Medical School, starting September 2019.

“As a child, I was always really interested in animals and would always be outside catching insects! I was curious about how the body worked. Growing up, I was regularly in hospitals as my brother has a mental development condition and I would translate what the doctors were saying back to my parents. This is where my interest in medicine really started.”

“Being in medicine involves fast-paced thinking and problem-solving, both of which I particularly enjoy at school. At the UTC we’ve had opportunities to go to Oxford Science Week, which I completed in Year 10 and found particularly useful.”

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Kerry

Kerry, has received a conditional offer to study mathematics at one of the leading universities in the world, University of Cambridge, starting September 2019.

“I have always wanted to go to either Oxford or Cambridge University, and I have always had a passion for maths, especially since both of my parents are accountants and it has always surrounded me.”

“I have also received conditional offers from Birmingham, Warwick and Nottingham but Cambridge is my first choice.”

“I joined UTC Oxfordshire in Year 12 (sixth form) because it focused on subjects I am interested in, but also because it is a smaller school meaning there is more focus on individual students.”

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Charis

Charis, has secured a conditional offer for Anglia Ruskin’s School of medicine this September.

“My favourite subjects have always been biology, chemistry and maths. I have always had a fascination with the human anatomy and really enjoy interacting with people. The two combined led to me considering a career in medicine. It was after going on work placements, for example at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and shadowing doctors and nurses, that it confirmed it for me.”

“I am also an air cadet and have developed experience in leadership and teamwork. Being a doctor is the ultimate leader for me – being able to work alongside other professionals. Since joining the cadets, I have been on many first aid courses, and again, it has just reaffirmed the path I have chosen to take. My ambition is to join the RAF as a medical doctor after completing all of my training.”

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Ben Warr, Laing O’Rourke

“The UTC has definitely helped as there are a lot of employability workshops, presentations and motivational speakers, which helps when trying to write a CV and prepare for an interview. There are so many opportunities if you come here. The UTC is associated with many different companies and I think when I used examples in my interview from my employer-led projects it put me at a massive advantage. Last summer I did an extended work placement with Laing O’Rourke at the Westgate Centre in Oxford and this really stimulated my interest in civil engineering.”

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Tiffany Cox, Williams F1

“It’s really competitive – I’ve been trying for years to get in. It wasn’t really until the UTC helped me get a three month extended placement with Williams F1 that I got a real chance of getting the apprenticeship. It was the best three months of my life! With the placement on my CV, when I went to apply for other apprenticeships it made me look a lot more desirable. I was lucky enough to be offered more than one engineering apprenticeship and I took time to make an informed decision. The school and the employers were very helpful in this process.”

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Yassmine Girgis, Jaguar Land Rover

“My aim is to keep working for the company once I have completed the apprenticeship. There are four main areas you can go into, which are purchase, manufacture, design and technician. I’m not completely sure which one I would like to pursue – we decide this one year into the apprenticeship, but I’m currently leaning more towards design. I think helping to improve design and efficiency of vehicles would be an interesting role within the company.”

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Chai Vongseenin, Loughborough University

“I’m definitely glad about coming here. The teachers are all really experienced and passionate about what they do and I think that helps with motivation.

“Being at the UTC itself really helps when apply to university; I think it puts you one step ahead of other applicants. It shows that you’re already dedicated to engineering and have taken the decision to pursue this career wholeheartedly.”

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James Hollingham, Science and Technology Facilities Council

“I like the more practical approach that an apprenticeship offers. I enjoy the fact that I won’t be in debt and will get paid instead! I feel as though there are more secure job prospects from an apprenticeship and you get work experience which I think it essential when looking for a job.”

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Josh Green, University of Manchester 

“I like engineering as a whole and chemical engineering allows me to explore lots of different elements as it’s not really a single discipline subject. I knew I wanted to do chemical engineering and that isn’t really offered as an apprenticeship. There was one option in Liverpool but that was a little too far away for me. That’s why I chose a university course instead. I also completed 12 weeks of work experience with Owen Mumford, a pharmaceutical engineering company, which helped me to decide this was a career path I liked.”

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Tom Eagles, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

“My brother is already an apprentice at Rutherford, so he has already gone through the process of an apprenticeship. This means that I have seen all the positives of an apprenticeship that I think a lot of people overlook. For me personally, I don’t think I would be suited to a full time degree at university as I prefer a ‘hands-on’ approach which is what an apprenticeship will allow me to do. You’re able to gain the practical experience while also achieve a degree alongside it; so you get the best of both worlds really.”

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William Burchette, Airbus

“Being at the UTC helps massively with trying to get into the engineering industry as a lot of companies come through here like BMW MINI and we complete employer-led projects. The workshops help you with understanding what an employer is looking for. The engineering teachers have obviously been excellent and it’s great that they are ex professional engineers as they have more knowledge and experience from the industry rather than just teaching you from a textbook.

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