UTC Swindon newsletter September 2017

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UTC Swindon students celebrate post-16 success

Students at UTC Swindon celebrated excellent A-Level results during the summer. The UTC gained an average grade of Distinction+ for technical qualifications and a C+ average grade for A-level subjects.

Jon Oliver, Principal at UTC Swindon, said: “We are very proud of all of the students – hard work and determination throughout the year has resulted in them achieving a great set of results. We are delighted to see so many of them securing fantastic engineering apprenticeships and university places. We wish them the best of luck in the future.”

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Students celebrate GCSE results

Following on from students’ excellent post-16 success, GCSE students also received equally pleasing examination results.

50% of students achieved 4+ in both English and mathematics, a significant improvement on 2016. Results across all subjects have improved including excellent results in our engineering specialism, with 35% of students achieving the highest possible grades (equivalent to A and A*).

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Student destinations

At UTC Swindon we aim to provide clear progression routes for all students into higher education, further education, employment and apprenticeships. We were delighted to see so many excellent student destinations this summer including Rolls-Royce, Patheon, Royal Navy, BMW, and many more. 

Take a look at some of the fantastic stories from our students who left us this summer.

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Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers launch the Craftsman CUP challenge

130 students from UTC Swindon, UTC Reading and Activate Learning’s Technology Faculty were recently invited to MOD Lyneham, home of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), for the launch of the Craftsman CUP.

The visit comprised of a number of exciting experiences, including exploring Challenger 2 Tanks and operating simulated remote weapons systems; all whilst gaining first hand insight into British Army engineering. 

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Students are confident of getting a job when they leave education

88% of teenagers attending UTC Swindon are confident of getting a job when they leave education.

According to a survey commissioned by the charity Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the organisation that supports and promotes UTCs, 71% of students feel joining UTC Swindon has changed their lives for the better and 86% agreed coming to the UTC has helped them understand their options for when they leave school.

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Thames Water deliver Network Challenge to Year 10 students

On Tuesday 5 September, UTC Swindon welcomed Thames Water to the school to deliver The Network Challenge to Year 10 students as part of their induction.

The challenge consisted of planning, building and testing a water network, to help raise awareness of engineering theories in a practical situation. The students were split into teams and each appointed a role such as Project Manager, Lead Engineer and Communication Manager. They were required to use mathematics and design theory to create a water network within a confined set of rules. The activity helped students to develop teamwork, communication and problem solving skills.

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Open event: Thursday 16 November, 5.30-7.30

Come along to our next open event for the opportunity to find out more about studying at the UTC. You’ll be given a tour of our fantastic facilities by one of our students and will have the opportunity to meet staff and industry partners.


Applications for September 2018

You can now apply for a place at UTC Swindon in September 2018. For more information, download our 2018-19 prospectus.

To apply for a place, complete the Year 10 application form or Year 12 application form on our website. We will be in touch shortly afterwards to confirm the next steps of the application process.

Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of UTC Swindon through our website and social media channels:

Website: http://www.utcswindon.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UTCSwindon/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/utcswindon