UTC Sheffield Students Celebrate Being Yorkshire’s First UTC Graduates

13 August 2015

UTC Sheffield Students Celebrate Being Yorkshire’s First UTC Graduates

UTC Sheffield Students Celebrate Being Yorkshire’s First UTC Graduates

Students in Sheffield are celebrating being the first to graduate from Yorkshire’s first university technical college (UTC).

There are 107 students in the first cohort leaving UTC Sheffield this year, and they have achieved a strong first set of academic and technical qualification results.

At UTC Sheffield, Matilda Street, all students complete a technical qualification that is backed by employers. The majority of students also take either AS or A2 Levels or a combination of both.

This year, 74% of all qualifications taken by students were technical qualifications with 26% being traditional AS and A2 Levels.

The pass rate for the 66 students who took technical qualifications at Level 3 –equivalent to one-and-a-half or two A2 Levels – is 100% for digital media and 98% for engineering. Of that group the majority – 52 students – also took A Levels.

The A2 Level pass rate published today, Thursday August 13th, is 92%. The pass rate for A2 Level grades from A* to B is 20%.

Other students leaving this year have completed technical qualifications at Level 2 and gone on to apprenticeships, jobs or other training.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “I am delighted to see our first students reach this major milestone. I’d like to congratulate all of them on their academic and technical success and thank our staff and employer partners for their dedication and support.

He added: “The focus and success of a UTC is not solely based on academic achievement. Equally important are technical and employability skills. Our students have great prospects moving on to apprenticeships, careers or places at university all of which are testament to the success of the combined academic and technical approach.”

UTCs have been established to provide technical learning opportunities in partnership with employers and universities. The technical part of the curriculum is tailored to address regional skill shortages ensuring young people gained the skills employers need.

The £9.9 million UTC Sheffield is the first UTC to open in Yorkshire and Humber, and launched in September 2013. It specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing, and creative and digital industries, and was officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

Young people can join in Year 10 at the age of 14 or in Year 12 at the age of 16. Students complete GCSEs and A Levels as well as a technical qualification in one of the two industry specialisms.

UTC Sheffield is fitted with the latest industry standard facilities, and works with more than 40 employers, involved in the curriculum design and lessons, and setting work projects and briefs, and two major universities.

The UTC has been led by The Sheffield College and its co-sponsors are Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

UTC Sheffield is in the final year of a three-year phased recruitment process and has a total of 600 places with more than 400 places already filled. Some Year 10 places are still available for this September. Go to https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk or call 0114 2603970

>>> Read about the success of our students’ first GCSE results in our related news item