Student Stories

Welcome to the student stories section of our website. Here some of our students share their experiences of study at the UTC, discuss their different destinations and aspirations, and explain why they chose to join UTC Leeds.

Meet Naomi:

UTC Leeds Year 10 student Naomi knows where her future career lies: ‘From a young age I have been interested in drawing and designing. I want to go into either product design or architecture. UTC Leeds is just one step in making it happen. I want to go to university or get a degree through a job.’

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Meet Maisie:

Maisie joined UTC Leeds to give herself a head start: ‘The courses at UTC Leeds are better than elsewhere – I was particularly interested in the computing courses offered. I’m interested in both computing and engineering. I’d like to be an aerospace engineer.’ 

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Meet Charlie:

UTC Leeds aims to prepare students for the world of work, and Year 12 student Charlie is already experiencing the difference from his previous school: ‘Here the day is 9am to 5pm, like a working day. I think it’s a great idea to get used to it. Already at UTC I’ve learnt more about career choices and the kinds of things I will be doing in the workplace. For example, six people came in from engineering companies and told us about their roles and what they do, it was really helpful.’ 

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Tom Celebrates Apprenticeship Success With Schneider Electric

Tom Harder is starting a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries. 

Tom, 18, achieved two A Levels in product design and core maths at grades B and D and a technical qualification in engineering with a distinction* distinction.

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Chloe Is Looking Ahead To Forensic Psychology

 Chloe Allen joined UTC Leeds to pursue her interest in engineering and has found a new ambition to study Forensic Psychology through her time at the UTC.

 The 16-year-old has secured a clutch of good GCSEs at grades 5 (strong pass) and above and is now planning to pursue sixth-form studies with a view to studying Forensic Psychology at University.

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Award-Winning Ross Is Glad To Have Chosen UTC Leeds

Ross Inman is celebrating a strong set of GCSE results and is happy that he chose to move to UTC Leeds in Year 10.

The sixteen-year-old passed all nine GCSEs and has secured five Grade 7 (low A grade) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English Language, together with a Grade 8 (high A grade) in Computer Science.

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Meet Harry:

Enter Seventeen-year-old Harry is exploring his interests at UTC Leeds: ‘I thought Engineering might be something I’d like to do at university, but I wanted to give it a trial run, so UTC seemed like a good choice.

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Meet Igor:

Igor has his sights set on a career with global employer Google: ‘When I finish my studies, I would like to become a programmer. I’d like to go to work for a big company like Google.’ 


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Mitchell Is A UTC Leeds Trailblazer

Mitchell Cottam is one of the first students to successfully complete their studies at UTC Leeds.

The 18-year-old has achieved two A Levels in maths and physics at grades A and C and a technical qualification in engineering gaining double distinction*. 



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Daniel Secures Degree Apprenticeship At AECOM

Daniel Kaye is celebrating starting a degree apprenticeship at global engineering company AECOM, which has an office based in Leeds.

Daniel achieved one A Level in core maths at grade B, a technical qualification in engineering with a distinction merit and the extended project qualification at a grade B.|

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Musa Has His Sights Set On Aerospace Or Big Industry

Sixteen-year-old Musa Iqbal is already clear that he wants to pursue a career in Mechatronics, which is a mixture of mechanical engineering and electronics. Musa hopes to secure an apprenticeship after continuing with A Level and technical studies at UTC Leeds.

Musa joined UTC Leeds in Year 10 and is one of the first students to obtain GCSEs at the UTC which opened in September 2016. With mainly strong passes and above, he is celebrating success in eight GCSE subjects.

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Max Wants To Stay One Step Ahead

Max Turner has his eye on a career in engineering and decided to move to UTC Leeds for GCSEs in order to specialise early.

He said: “I’m glad I picked engineering at the UTC, I’ve really enjoyed it. My results show it was the right move.


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Meet Katelyn:

Budding Engineer Katelyn joined UTC Leeds to get a head start for her career: ‘I joined UTC Leeds because I thought I would get a better education here, I’d heard recommendations from others. It was a fresh start and Engineering is what I want to go into.'

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Meet Chloe:

Year thirteen UTC Leeds student Chloe has always had a passion for STEM subjects: ‘I’ve always been more interested in maths and science than English. When it came to choosing my A Levels I wanted to do further maths, and I thought I’d like engineering; it’s applying maths and physics, so it sounded good when making my choices.’  

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Casey-Lea Is Inspired To Keep Learning

Casey-Lea Allison wants to develop her engineering skills having enjoyed her course at UTC Leeds.

The 18-year-old has completed a technical qualification in engineering achieving a distinction grade.

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A-Grade Student Harry Celebrates Academic and Technical Success

Harry Dunbar is celebrating a top set of academic and technical exam results from UTC Leeds.

The 18-year-old has achieved three A Levels in maths, further maths and physics at grades A*, A* and A as well as an A grade in the extended project qualification.

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Cara Secures Higher Apprenticeship At ATB Morley

Sixteen-year-old Cara Kelly is celebrating her success in securing a top apprenticeship at global engineering company ATB Morley.

Cara scored highly across the board in her GCSEs, with Grade 7 (low A grade) in Biology and Grade 8 (high A grade) in Computer Science, Maths and Physics.



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