UTC Derby Pride Park’s Class of 2022 celebrate technical and academic success

Tuesday 23rd August 2022

UTC Derby Pride Park’s Class of 2022 celebrate technical and academic success

UTC Derby Pride Park students are celebrating moving onto top universities and employers after receiving their academic and technical results.

At the technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds on Locomotive Way, students complete technical qualifications in engineering or health and life sciences as well as A Levels.

The technical qualifications are equivalent to between one and three A Levels.

In this year’s results:

  • the technical qualification pass rate for engineering is 100%.
  • 50% of engineering students achieved a distinction*.
  • 70% of students achieved a distinction or merit grade (the A Level equivalent of A* to B)
  • 100% of Extended Diploma in Engineering students achieved at least two distinction level grades.
  • 100% of students completed academic subjects alongside their technical qualifications.
  • The pass rate for A Level grades from A* to B is 44% and from grades A* to C is 67%.

Students are progressing to a range of degree courses including mechanical engineering, mechatronic and robotic engineering, electrical and electronic engineering.

The destinations include the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham and Manchester Metropolitan University and apprenticeships with leading employers such as JCB, WB Power and Alstom.

Prabhjot Singh achieved A Level maths grade A and distinction* distinction* distinction (D*D*D) in an Engineering Extended Diploma. He is progressing to the University of Nottingham to study Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Prabhjot said: “I joined the UTC because of the best teachers and access to tools, machinery and other resources that aren’t accessible in other sixth forms. I believe the UTC is the best place to study engineering in Derby because its main focus is on engineering.”

He added: “My university course involves designing, developing, testing and overseeing new technologies. I will learn about how to generate and process power as well as create anything from drones and electric cars to the technology in smartphones, sat navs and systems in hospitals.”

Theophilus Adegoke achieved A Level maths grade A, A Level physics grade B and distinction* distinction (D*D) in an Engineering Diploma. He is progressing to the University of Birmingham to study for a Degree in Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering.

Thomas Harrison achieved three A Levels in chemistry, physics and maths at grades B, C and D, and is going onto an engineering apprenticeship at WB Power Services.

Lee Kirkwood, Principal of UTC Derby Pride Park, said: “Training young people in the high level skills valued by employers is at the heart of everything we do.

“There is growing national and regional recognition of the importance of this approach to ensure that there a skilled talent pipeline for employers to support economic growth.”

He added: “I am very proud of our students and wish them every success for the future. I would also like to thank our staff and employer partners for their support.”