Year 11 students at UTC Swindon are celebrating this morning after receiving their GCSE results. These results are a good foundation for students who are going on to further study in the Sixth Form at UTC Swindon or other post 16 educational providers.
The University Technical College (UTC), specialising in Engineering and Digital Technologies, offers a strong technical education alongside GCSE’s in a unique workplace-style environment.
Tamzin Baker achieved a Distinction in Engineering and grade 7 in Maths, along with excellent grades in her other subjects and will use these to good effect when she starts an Extended Diploma in Engineering in September.
Tamzin said that being at UTC Swindon has “allowed me to build my confidence whilst studying towards a future career in Engineering.”
Ben Wiltshire is another keen engineer and was awarded Distinctions in three Engineering qualifications, plus all other subjects above grade 7. He will continue his passion for Engineering when he studies an Extended Diploma next term, along with A Level Physics.
Ben has “really enjoyed working in a more work-based environment” and is “really looking forward to extending opportunities in engineering by joining UTC Swindon Sixth Form.”
Josh Lee achieved a Distinction in Engineering Manufacture and grade 9s in Maths, Chemistry and Physics, with grades 7 and 8 in his other subjects. He is following an interest in STEM by studying A Levels in Mathematics, Chemistry and Computer, alongside an Extended Certificate in IT.
Josh has enjoyed the combination of learning in a workplace environment, opportunities to work with renowned employers such as Intel and experiences that have allowed him to develop personally.
Keegan Dias is “amazed and delighted” to have exceeded his target grades in all his subjects, gaining three qualifications in Engineering and consistent grade 5’s in his other subjects. This is deserved recognition for the exceptional hard work and commitment that he has shown to his studies, whilst taking the “many opportunities to develop my workplace skills by working with employers.”
He joins the UTC Swindon Sixth Form in September, studying towards a Diploma in Engineering and A Level Physics.
Principal of UTC Swindon, Jon Oliver, said: “This has been an incredibly hard year for young people and we are delighted that the hard work and determination of our Year 11 students has been reflected in the grades that they have been awarded this year. A large proportion of our students have chosen to continue their studies at UTC Swindon as they extend their skills, qualifications and preparation for the world of work. Well done to all of you!”
Joanne Harper, CEO of Activate Learning Education Trust, said: “We are all incredibly proud of the achievements of our Year 11 students. Students are now able to rightly celebrate the results of two years of hard work and secure their Post 16 places, either in our Sixth Form, other educational establishments, apprenticeships or the workplace; we look forward to hearing of and celebrating their future successes.”
Students at UTC Swindon benefit from a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom. For example, students take part in the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge, residential learning weekends, maths and AI challenges and focused coaching programmes amongst work experience opportunities with leading industry partners. The combination of their academic achievement together with the breadth of personal development will set all of the Year 11 students up for a successful future.
UTC Swindon are continuing to support students by providing information, advice and guidance on GCSE results day, and throughout the end of August and early September.