UTC Sheffield Students Celebrate First Full GCSE Results

20 August 2015

UTC Sheffield Students Celebrate First Full GCSE Results

Students at Yorkshire’s trailblazing university technical college (UTC) are celebrating the new facility’s first ever GCSE results day.

The first young people aged 14 to join UTC Sheffield when it opened two-years-ago have just achieved a successful set of GCSE results today, Thursday August 20th.

At UTC Sheffield, all students in Years 10 and 11 complete a technical qualification that is backed by employers, as well as GCSEs.

This year, 37% of all qualifications taken by students were technical qualifications with 63% being traditional GCSEs.

There were 100 students who sat GCSEs and Level 2 technical qualifications with 71.6% of entries graded A* to C or equivalent.  In particular, performance in maths and science at GCSE is exceptionally strong with 81.2% achieving A* to C in maths and 87% achieving A* to C in science.

The technical qualifications studied were OCR Level 2 Principal Learning in Engineering – equivalent to 5 GCSEs – or a Cambridge National in Creative iMedia –equivalent to 2 GCSEs.  The pass rate at A* to C or equivalent for technical qualifications is 88%.

Nick Crew, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said: “It’s such a great feeling to see our first cohort of younger students reach this fantastic milestone after taking a bold step to join us at the age of 14. We are a small and specialist institution where every child is known, and we are very proud of their success.”

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 the UTC 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.

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 gain the skills employers need.

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/apply/ or call 0114 2603970.

>>> Read about the success of our first A Level graduates in our related news item