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Aston University Engineering Academy ‘1st in Birmingham’ for Key Stage 5 results

Aston University Engineering Academy

30th January 2015 

Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) is rated first in Birmingham for its Key Stage 5 vocational results under the ‘value added’ metric and average grade metric.


AUEA was placed top out of 104 schools and colleges in Birmingham by the Department for Education in its latest performance tables. For post 16 vocational progress, students achieved 1.02 (value added*).  For vocational results over 95 per cent of students gained at least three substantial qualifications, at an average grade of distinction *- (equivalent to A Grade at A level) and an average point score of 835. In addition 33 per cent of students achieved at least four substantial qualifications. 

The results for the first cohort of Year 13 leavers demonstrate that the University Technical College's learning pathways, which combine BTEC and A level qualifications, have fostered extremely positive results. A total of ten students from the University Technical College (UTC) chose to join Aston University on a range of Science and Engineering based degrees. Other students progressed to Brunel, Bristol and Coventry universities respectively, while others secured prestigious aerospace and railway engineering higher apprenticeships.

The Academy’s aim is very much to develop a new generation of engineers and scientists both locally and nationally.

Principal of the Academy Lee Kilgour said; “This is an outstanding result for our students and reflects excellent teaching along with 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. These results have provided excellent progression opportunities for our students in to university, higher apprenticeship science and engineering schemes, and future employment.”

The Academy, based at Birmingham Science Park, was also rated ‘good’ in all key areas for its first Ofsted school inspection.  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. 

The Academy was the first UTC to be sponsored by a University and the first in the UK to deliver apprenticeships, and its curriculum combines 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, Network Rail, Carillion.

For further information visit the Aston University Engineering Academy Website 

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*The score is shown as a number of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma grade(s) above or below the national average level of progress for students of similar prior ability.

For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk