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First Aston Engineering Academy cohort celebrate exam success

AUEA students
Students (L) Musa Khan; Aysha Bhamji and Hayden Hitchman celebrate their results

21 August 2014

Aston University Engineering Academy's (AUEA) first cohort of Year 13 leavers are celebrating their exam success and taking their next steps into higher education and innovative engineering apprenticeships.

A total of ten students from the University Technical College (UTC) will be joining Aston University on a range of Science and Engineering based degrees. Other students will be joining Brunel, Bristol and Coventry universities respectively, while some leavers have secured prestigious aerospace and railway engineering higher apprenticeships.

The Academy was the first UTC to be sponsored by a University and the first in the UK to deliver apprenticeships, combining a mixture of BTEC and A-Level qualifications. It allows students aged from 14 to 19 to specialise in engineering and science alongside core subjects in English, mathematics, languages and business. This coincides with offering students the opportunity to work with leading engineering firms and businesses during their studies include Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, National Grid, Eon and Goodrich.

Head of the Academy Lee Kilgour said; “This first year of results for our first cohort year demonstrates that the University Technical College's learning pathways, combining BTEC and A level qualifications, support excellent results for our young people and reflects the students' commitment and hard work over the last two years. The Academy’s aim is very much to develop a new generation of engineers and scientists both locally and nationally. We want to inspire the next generation of young men and women and ensure the UK has an engineering workforce capable of leading the world in current and emerging technologies.”

The Key stage 5 results for students at AUEA were:

  • Overall 2+ A*- E (or equivalent)  100%
  • Overall 3+ A*- E (or equivalent)   91.3%
  • Overall 3+ A*- C (or equivalent)   77.1%
  • Overall 3+ A*- B (or equivalent)   33.1%

The Academy, based at Birmingham Science Park, was also rated ‘good’ in all key areas for its first Ofsted school inspection – the highest rating achievable for its first year. This included ‘good’ for its pupil achievement, quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management. Other areas highlighted for praise included the good progress and attainment of students and the high quality of work experience on offer.

Students at the Aston University Engineering Academy are able to choose from a range of study programmes alongside core subjects. These include City and Guilds Engineering, STEM A-Levels and BTEC National Diploma in Engineering.

For further information visit the Aston University Engineering Academy Website