University and apprenticeships lined up for UTC students after they achieve top marks
For a second year running, sixth form students from UTC Reading have achieved remarkable results after picking up their BTEC and A-level grades yesterday (19 August).
A total of 82 students collected their grades at the university technical college – based on Crescent Road – the first college of its kind to receive an ‘outstanding’ grade from Ofsted, back in May 2015.
Overall, UTC Reading achieved an average BTEC grade of Distinction* minus (D* -), with 91% of students scoring a top grade of D* or D.
UTC Reading students study towards BTEC qualifications in computer science and engineering with many also taking A-levels in subjects such as maths and further maths.
On average – those who took A-levels – scored a C plus grade, improving on 2015’s average. Sixty per cent of students achieved the equivalent of A* to B grades across all subjects and a 99.5% pass rate in total.
Over the past year, UTC Reading has seen an almost equal split between students securing university places and apprenticeships, with many students securing apprenticeships leading to degrees.
UTC Reading places an equal emphasis on students progressing to either apprenticeships or university.
Joanne Harper – Principal at UTC Reading – said “Everyone at UTC Reading is delighted with these fantastic results and even more thrilled to see students excited about their next steps.
“It is our aim to educate and train the next generation of technicians, engineers and industrial innovators.
“What is important is that students’ progress from the UTC into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as this is the reason why the UTC exists, whether this is directly into the workplace – at 18 – or after higher education is less important.”
During their time at UTC Reading, students have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects alongside companies such as Cisco, as well as gaining professional qualifications from the likes of Microsoft.
Student Katie Munday – who achieved D*D*D* in her Engineering BTEC and also received a grade A in A-level maths will now move onto a part-time architectural technology course at the University of Westminster, which also combines a work placement with an architectural company in Oxford.
Katie said: “I am so pleased with my results. A little shocked – to be honest – with my A in maths, but a lot of that is down to the staff. They gave me confidence and encouraged me to do it when I had a lot of doubts.
“It’s been an amazing two years here and I feel as though I have great, specific knowledge which will help me to progress confidently in the future.”
Sean Chapman also received a D*D*D* in his Engineering BTEC and a C grade in A2 maths. He will now head off to Wales to experience university life in Swansea, studying civil engineering.
He said: “Learning here has not just been about the lessons – it’s the added bits too.
“Since studying here, I have been introduced to businesses through the UTC’s partnership schemes. This has given me a great personal learning journey and an amazing experience.”
Sean’s mum – Veronica – added: “Sean has found himself as a person at UTC Reading. They are understanding, but have also driven him at the right time – so it’s been fantastic to see Sean progress over the past two years.”