Students at 34 UTCs undertook GCSEs this year. For nearly a third of UTCs (11) it was their first year for students to take public examinations. Here is a selection of UTCs sharing their GCSE exam results success stories:

Medway UTC

Students at Medway UTC achieved an excellent set of results in the technical subjects of Engineering and/or Construction in the Built Environment, with 100% pass rate at Level 3 and 30% of students achieving A*/A (equivalent) at the end of Year 11 (Level 2).

Alex Sesay (pictured) secured a fantastic 7 A*s – As, among other qualifications. Speaking about his time at Medway UTC, Alex said:

Studying at Medway UTC has made me grow as a person. I’ve really enjoyed the learning style as it has taught me to be self-independent which has helped me achieve my results.



Lincoln UTC

Over at Lincoln UTC, which specialises in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, 85% of students passed Mathematics, with 60% recording strong results and 77% achieved two passes in science.

Paul Birt, Chair of Lincoln UTC’s Board of Governors commented:

We are pleased by these results, particularly in those subjects key to engineering such as Mathematics and Physics. Lincoln UTC has built on the success of last year’s results and has established itself as a leading institution for STEM subjects at GCSE and A-Level.

[Pictured] Lincoln UTC student Shane Walsh secured an apprenticeship as a technician with Siemens with his GCSE results.


UTC Sheffield

Meanwhile, 80% of students at UTC Sheffield successfully passed a technical qualification in either Engineering (80%) or Creative and Digital Media (75%), in addition to GCSEs.

Alex Reynolds, Principal, UTC Sheffield, said:

Students at UTC Sheffield benefit from developing high level technical skills that employers need as well as academic qualifications. We are pleased to see good performance in STEM subjects which will provide them with strong university and career prospects.

[Pictured] UTC Sheffield students delighted with their results.


The Leigh UTC

The Leigh UTC reported improved results in 70% of subjects since 2016 and notably improved their A*-A by 68%. Students achieved at least two grades better than predicted from their previous school demonstrating the UTC’s rapid progress being made at Key Stage 4.

Highlights include:

  • English 9 - 4 - 63%
  • Mathematics 9 - 4 - 63%
  • Engineering A*-C - 100%
  • IT A*-C - 100%
  • Art A*-C - 75%
  • Financial studies A*-C - 100%

Steve Leahey, Principal, The Leigh UTC spoke about this year's GCSE results:

I am extremely proud of our Year 11 GCSE students reaching their potential across all their subjects at The Leigh UTC. We have improved our performance from 2016 with our strongest set of academic outcomes.

[Pictured] Harry Hopgood 1 B and 3 C grades, Morgan Stansell grade 9 in English, 1 A*, 2 A and 4 B grades, Kieran Edwards 1B and 6 C grades.


Liverpool Life Sciences UTC

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC students achieved fantastic results on Health and Social Care BTEC, with a number of A* and A grades being awarded on their accelerated programme.

Amongst many of the celebrations, Tom (pictured) achieved 4 A*s amongst A and B grades. He also achieved grades 8 and 9 in English Literature, English Language and Maths. He will continue his studies at Liverpool UTC as he aims to apply for Medicine courses at university.



UTC Bolton

UTC Bolton announced exceptional GCSE results from their first cohort of Year 11 students. Notable successes include:

  • Charlie Burke: 9, 8, A*, A, A, A, A, B, 6
  • George Burke: 9, 8, A, A, A, A, A, 7, B, B
  • Faqir Khan: 9, A, A, A, A, A*, 7, A, 6, B
  • Jack Ogle: 9, A, A, A, A, A*, 7, A, 6, C
  • Shakhawath Shah: 9, 8, A, A, A, A, A, A, 6, B

Speaking about the results, Acting Principal, Liam McDaid said:

I am delighted with our first set of GCSE results. I am pleased that our specialism subjects performed particularly well with 68.1% Maths and English Grade 4 + and triple science securing a 100% pass rate. We also have a number of high achievers with 6 students securing a cumulative total of 47 A-A*(7-9) grades between them. I would like to thank all our staff for their excellent teaching and support of our students, our students for all their hard work, and parents for their commitment.

[Pictured] Faqir Khan achieved Grade 9, putting him in the top 3% of the country.