UTC Warrington students are progressing to top universities and employers after receiving their academic and technical results today – Thursday, August 13th 2020.
UTC Warrington – which is Ofsted graded ‘good’ – is a technical school for 14 to 19-year-olds that specialises in engineering, digital and construction, with healthcare starting in September 2021.
At the UTC, students complete technical qualifications and A Levels. This academic year, 50% of students have achieved A or A* grades in their A Levels.
Results in technical subject qualifications are also strong. Students have achieved a 100% pass rate in civil engineering with 88% being awarded a distinction grade.
They have also achieved a 100% pass rate in engineering with 77% of students who completed the two-year course gaining a distinction grade. In applied science, students achieved a 100% pass rate and all achieved a distinction grade.
Lee Barber, Executive Principal of UTC Warrington, said: “I am incredibly proud of our students. Given this unprecedented academic year, it’s great to see a strong set of results. The UTC equips students with the vital skills that employers and the economy need, enabling them to go onto great careers.”
Students are progressing to a range of destinations including top universities and apprenticeships with leading employers. They include BMW, Boeing, Cavendish Nuclear, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Bangor, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Exeter and the University of Salford.
Teagan Feerick, 18, has gained D* D* D* after completing a technical qualification in engineering and is going onto the University of Exeter to study civil engineering.
She said: “I felt pretty confident about my grades and am really pleased with my results. The UTC has prepared me well. It’s great for engineering and it has allowed me to gain experience in the industry and understand my career path. I am really looking forward to going to university.”
Ole Fletcher, 18, is celebrating after securing a place on Boeing’s Apprenticeship in Aircraft Maintenance after his successful results, achieving D* D* D in engineering.
Ole said: “I’m over the moon with my results. If I had stayed at my old school, I wouldn’t have been able to do this well and I don’t think I’d know what I wanted to do next.”
Ole joined the UTC when it first opened in 2016 and was in the first cohort of Year 10 students. He has since completed his GCSE and A Levels at the UTC.
He added: “At first I was unsure what area of engineering I’d like to go into. Studying at the UTC allowed me to see the different areas of engineering and that’s where my passion for aircraft engineering began.”
“The culture of the UTC is destination related and the focus is on where you’re going, not just what grades you’ve got. It’s all about where you’re going next. It’s not like my previous school. If you put 110% in at the UTC, you will get 110% back from it.”
Talking of his time at the UTC, Ole said: “My biggest achievement is definitely securing my apprenticeship because that’s my dream job. I don’t think many people get the opportunity to work in their dream job and I have the UTC to thank for that.”
UTCs are government funded technical schools that provide technical learning opportunities in partnership with employers and universities.
UTC Warrington, on Dallam Lane, is backed by leading employers and Manchester Metropolitan University. During their time at the UTC, students work on employer-led projects to develop subject specialism, team working and problem solving skills.
The technical qualifications are equivalent to between one and three A Levels, and involve working on employer-led projects and developing skills related to the subject specialism.
Young people can join the UTC in Year 10 at the age of 14 or in Year 12 at the age of 16. Places are still available for this September. Apply now. Visit https://utcw.co.uk/ or call 01925 737067.