Students at UTC@MediaCityUK are overjoyed at the college’s GCSE results.
The UTC is a mainstream 14-19 college that offers specialist learning and practical experience in creative and digital, subjects right in the heart of MediaCityUK. Students can join in Year 10 to study up to three GCSEs or equivalents in specialist subjects, alongside traditional GCSEs in maths, English, science, computer science, languages and humanities.
Katie Shaw and Charlotte Croughan, both 16, both achieved 10 GCSEs, including coveted Grade 9s, the highest possible grade, in Chemistry and Computer Science for Katie, and in English Language for Charlotte. They also achieved a further four Grade 8s and three Grade 7s between them, together with Distinction Star grades in TV and Film Production. Charlotte said: “I moved to the UTC because I didn’t settle in my previous secondary school, and because I wanted more freedom with my subject choices. I travel to MediaCity from Horwich every day, which can take up to an hour and a half each way, but it is absolutely worth it. It is the best decision I ever made!”
Rob Waite, 16, achieved 10 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including a Distinction Star in TV and Film Production, Grade 8s in English, Chemistry, Physics and History, and Grade 7s in Maths and Computer Science. Rob said: “I joined the UTC because I have always wanted to work in film and TV, and the studio facilities and equipment on site are absolutely amazing.
I am staying on to study A Level Film Studies and a triple Level BTEC in Creative in the UTC sixth form, and I am especially looking forward to the opportunity to have a regular weekly work placement in the industry to complement my academic studies.”
Over 30% of students got top grades 9-7 in Creative Digital Media Production.
Principal Ruth Bradbury said: “I am very pleased with these results, and incredibly proud of the hard work and commitment of our students. Because we are a college rather than a school, and because we are small in comparison to traditional schools, we can really get to know our students, treat them as adults, and show them what it is like to work in a professional digital industry environment. What is more, our exemption from the government’s national English Baccalaureate targets means that, whilst it is possible to follow a full EBacc curriculum, we don’t force students to study humanities and languages at GCSE if they would rather spend their time on the subjects they are passionate about.”