By Tom Boddy
With eight months still to go, UTC Swindon has already filled 75 per cent of its available year 10 places for the academic year starting in September 2016.
The college is urging Year 10 and Year 12 students aspiring to a career in engineering to apply now as places, while still available, are likely to be filled soon.
Allocation of places will begin on Tuesday 1 March.
To help new and prospective students and parents decide, UTC Swindon is holding an open day on Saturday 16 January from 10am to 2pm. This is your chance to meet the college principal, Angela Barker-Dench, learn about the curriculum and tour the facilities at UTC Swindon’s state-of-the-art Bristol Street site.
Two further open days will take place on Saturday 16 April and Saturday 25 June.
UTC Swindon caters for 600 students aged 14 to 19, providing courses for young people who aspire to a career in engineering, computing and business. Students at the college gain skills demanded in all sectors of the engineering and computing industries. As part of the original Great Western Rail works, the UTC Swindon site creates a link between the engineering history and the engineering and computing future of the local area, with the Old School Building and the iconic Water Tower featuring prominently.
The high demand for places at UTC Swindon is unsurprising. The college enjoyed a successful first year after opening its doors in 2014 and looks set to surpass its goals this year. Furthermore, research conducted on behalf of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust shows high levels of satisfaction among UTC students and parents nationally.
During July and August 2015, OnePoll surveyed 450 parents of children aged between 14 and 18 studying at a UTC. It carried out an online study between 13 August and 1 September 2015 among 1,000 parents of children aged 14-18 in state school education.
The research found that 80 per cent of students say going to a UTC was the right choice and 85 per cent of parents believe that it is preparing their child for the world of work – compared to 68 per cent of parents with children in mainstream schools.
This year, 42 per cent of UTC leavers went to university compared to the national average of 37 per cent of school and college leavers at 18/19 years. Also, 24 per cent of students who left UTCs at 18 started apprenticeships – nearly three times the national average of 8.5 per cent.
To apply for your place or find out more, visit www.utcswindon.co.uk or call UTC Swindon on 01793 207920.
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