UTC Sheffield City Centre students celebrate their A Level and technical results

10 August 2021

UTC Sheffield City Centre students celebrate their A Level and technical results

UTC Sheffield City Centre students are celebrating moving onto top universities and employers after receiving their academic and technical results today – Tuesday, August 10th, 2021.

At the Ofsted graded ‘good’ technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds, students complete A Levels and technical qualifications in engineering and advanced manufacturing or creative and digital media.

This summer, students are progressing to a range of destinations including apprenticeships with leading employers such as Arup, Gripple, Nifylift, Atomising Systems and Sherwin Williams and university places including the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Surrey, University of Brighton and Bristol University.

Alex Reynolds, Principal of UTC Sheffield City Centre, said: “I am immensely proud of our students who are progressing to some great university and employer destinations despite experiencing another tough year due to the pandemic.”

He added: “The regional and national economy needs people with the right technical skills to support a skills-led pandemic recovery. Our students have worked very hard to achieve their qualifications and I’d like to thank our staff for their fantastic commitment and support.”

Case study – George Kirby

George Kirby is jetting off to a career in aerospace engineering and aspires to work for the American space agency NASA. The 18-year-old has achieved three A* grades in A Levels chemistry, maths and physics.

George also has an engineering diploma that he achieved last year gaining a distinction* grade. He said: “I feel very pleased with my grades. I was hoping to do well but there’s still an element of uncertainty until you see how you have got on.”

George is going on to study a Degree in Aerospace Engineering, which involves the design, construction and maintenance of aircraft and spacecraft, at the University of Sheffield. His fascination with engineering and space links to current global issues and concerns about sustainability and climate change.

George said: “I think given the environmental challenges that we are facing on Earth, we need to explore other planets to give us a few more options. It would be amazing to visit Mars.”

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, George feels that the UTC has prepared him well for his future. He added: “My teachers were very supportive. The online classes worked well and whenever I had any questions, my teachers were always extremely helpful.”

Case study – Maisie Rotheram

UTC Sheffield City Centre student Maisie Rotheram is looking forward to a career in the marketing and advertising industry.

Maisie, 19, has achieved distinction* distinction* in a digital media technical qualification at Level 3 and a grade A in A Level art. Maisie said: “I am very happy with my results. I feel absolutely over the moon.” Now she is looking forward to studying a Degree in Marketing Communications and Advertising at Sheffield Hallam University.

Maisie joined the UTC in September 2016. She said: “I chose to study at the UTC because I enjoy being creative and I wanted to study in a place that is tailored to those skills. In my experience, the UTC has so much more to offer than a traditional school if you’re interested in the technical specialisms provided. I immediately felt comfortable and welcome when I moved to the UTC.”

At the UTC, creative and digital media students develop the skills for multi-media projects such as creating radio, music, television, social media, advertising and games content with briefs set by employers.

Maisie explained: “I’ve really enjoyed the creative freedom at the UTC, being able to try different skills and using the industry standard equipment, such as Adobe software, which has involved making advertising materials to music videos as well as websites. My favourite project was working on a client brief for a start-up company where I had to create a brochure, a radio advertisement and an email campaign.”

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Maisie is very positive about what she has learned at the UTC. She added: “My teachers have been absolutely amazing and I couldn’t have got to where I have without them. I’ve grown in confidence and communication as well as technical skills. I used to be scared of public speaking and giving presentations but I’ve learned how to do that because of the projects that we have worked on.”

“During the height of the pandemic, our teachers prepared us well and moved swiftly to online classes. They did a survey to check if students had access to the right equipment. Our days were still very structured and followed the timetable. Our teachers made the best of a difficult situation and I am very grateful to them for that.”

Case study – Karolína Týmová

UTC Sheffield City Centre student Karolína Týmová is looking forward to starting an engineering apprenticeship. The 18-year-old has successfully completed a combination of technical and academic qualifications that together are equivalent to three A Levels.

Karolína achieved a distinction* distinction in an engineering technical qualification at Level 3 and a grade B in the AS Level extended project Qualification. Now she is looking forward to starting a higher apprenticeship at Level 4 with Waterman Group, a leading engineering and environmental consultancy with offices in the UK, Australia and Europe.

Karolína said: “I am so happy that I cried when I saw my results. I felt very nervous before receiving my grades. I am so pleased – they are the best I’ve ever achieved.” Karolína joined the UTC in Year 10 after moving with her family from the Czech Republic to Sheffield where she not only had to settle into a new country and school but learn a new language at the same time.

She said: “I chose to study at the UTC because of the engineering curriculum and facilities. Having the opportunity to develop practical hands-on experience, with CNC machines and 3D printers, and to learn about different engineering specialisms really appealed to me.

“I enjoy hands-on learning – that’s why I chose an apprenticeship over going to university. It also means I’ll get specific and focussed mentoring rather than being in a class situation where a teacher has to give feedback to a larger group of students.”

Karolína added: “I’m really looking forward to starting my new role which will involve working with environmental teams looking at sustainable solutions to tackle current challenges such as zero carbon emissions. It’s a great feeling to know that I’ll be involved in helping the planet and I’m proud to be going into a sector where women have traditionally been under-represented.”

Case study – Jack Montgomery

Jack Montgomery has thrived at UTC Sheffield City Centre as he has enjoyed being able to study academic as well as technical engineering qualifications.

The 18-year-old has achieved two A Levels in product design and physics, securing grades B and C, and an AS Level in maths achieving a grade A. Jack has also been awarded a Cambridge Technical Qualification at Level 3 in engineering gaining a distinction* distinction* grade. He said: “I feel really good about my grades and very relieved.”

Jack explained: “Engineering is about designing and making things as well as problem solving. I’ve always enjoyed making things, such as model aircraft, and pulling apart components of objects such as old computers to see how they are constructed.”

Jack chose the UTC because he was impressed with its engineering facilities and the opportunity to study academic and technical qualifications. He explained: “My most memorable moment was walking into the building for the first time. I was really struck by how different the facilities are to a traditional school.

“You get the best of both worlds comprising the theoretical knowledge and the technical skills for your career. I’ve really enjoyed learning about computer aided design. Everyone has a shared, common interest so it was really easy to settle in at the UTC.”

Now Jack is going on to study a Degree in Automotive Engineering, which involves designing, developing and manufacturing vehicles and their components. Despite his fondness for his home city of Sheffield, Jack is keen to explore further afield. He will be moving to Bristol to study at the University of the West of England.

Jack said: “I’m looking forward to moving away and enjoying a change of scenery for my university experience, particularly given the fact that we have had to stay at home a lot more during the last 18 months because of the pandemic. I am ready to travel and enjoy some new experiences.”

The UTC on Matilda Street is equipped with cutting edge industry standard facilities. Employers supporting the UTC include AES Seal, Bauer Media Group, Fernite, Festo, Finger Industries, Hive, Inspec Solutions, Lavender International, PES Performance, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Live, the University of Sheffield, Siemens and Sumo Digital.

Students work on employer-led projects, developing skills related to their subject specialism as well as team working and problem solving.  Previous students have progressed onto university, employment or further training including high quality apprenticeships with employers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Boeing, British Aerospace and Amazon.

UTCs are government funded technical schools that provide academic and technical qualifications to match the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.

Young people can join the UTC in Year 9 at the age of 13 or in Year 12 at the age of 16. Some places are still available for this September. Apply now at https://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/city/. Follow @UTCSheffCity.