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UTC Reading students and staff achieve over 100 professional qualifications

During the 2019/20 academic year, students and staff at UTC Reading worked towards achieving over 100 professional qualifications despite the school being closed during lockdown.

Students and staff at UTC Reading are able to take these highly sought-after qualifications for free, with a number of students using this opportunity to set them apart from the crowd as additional qualifications alongside their GCSE and A Level studies. The focus at UTC Reading is on independent learning with these additional studies being taken in their own time.

Although the qualifications are not counted in league tables, they are highly recognised by employers and support the students with their destination aspirations for the future.

The Microsoft Office Specialist certifications were a favourite amongst students with Word and PowerPoint being top. There was also an increase in the number of Expert exams being taken and passed.

The top Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) was in Python, which matches the school’s concentration on programming language as part of the Computing curriculum. There were also six Autodesk Fusion 360 qualifications achieved, which has increased since last year.

Many students that study at UTC Reading gain professional qualifications – UTC Reading students were the first in the UK to become Microsoft Office Specialists (MOS) in the 2013 version of Microsoft Office and student, Rebecca, was the youngest person in the country to become an Autodesk Certified User in AutoCAD.

There was also success at the MOS UK & Ireland Championship where students ranked first and second In the PowerPoint category. Wisam will be competing in the World Championship next year to compete.

As well as gaining these prestigious qualifications, a number of staff at UTC Reading have recently been selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for the 2020-2021 academic year, including Carly Gale and Jax Snipp. Each year, Microsoft selects Innovative Educator Experts to be part of this exclusive global community paving the way for their peers to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other.

  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett