Sean and Michael
Twin brother, Sean and Michael achieved outstanding A-Level results with seven A* grades between them.
Sean achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics and Michael got three A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
The boys were ecstatic with their results and are excited to start their university courses at two top Russell Group institutions in September. Sean will be studying Physics at The University of Manchester and Michael will be studying Engineering at Durham University.
Sean and Michael said “Our time at the Life Sciences UTC has been amazing. The teachers are so inspiring and helpful and really push you to do your best. The experience you receive here is not like anywhere else, and you learn first-hand experience which puts you in the best possible position when applying to university”
David – Dyson Institute of Technology Apprenticeship
David was accepted onto the highly competitive Dyson Institute of Technology Degree Apprenticeship!
David achieved an outstanding A*BB at A-Level. He is extremely happy with his results and said, “UTC felt like home, the staff are really supportive and committed. They made every day enjoyable and nothing else could compare to the help they provide for students.”
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology teaches the next generation of budding engineers and the four year Degree Apprenticeship is designed so students can develop their engineering skills through hands on experience whilst learning about every single aspect of Dyson technology. With a focus on motors, fluid dynamics, separation systems, energy storage, robotics, software, aerodynamics and hair science, students will garner a wide range of technical skills through the duration of the course.
At the end of the programme students may get a chance to visit the Dyson technology and design centres in Singapore and Malaysia and can expect to take up a technical graduate engineering role at Dyson!
Reece – Medicine at Exeter University
Reece accepted his place at Exeter University to study Medicine after achieving straight A’s in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Maths.
Medicine was something Reece had dreamt about doing since joining the UTC.
He said “The UTC has been a great experience, all of the staff here are very helpful and will push you to achieve the best you can.”
Lauren – Theoretical Physics at Durham University
Lauren received three A*’s in Physics, Maths and Further Maths and accepted her place at Durham University to study Theorectical Physics.
She said “The UTC has been amazing, it has really pushed me to achieve and without the help and support here, I don’t think I would have been as successful.”
Charley – Children’s Nursing at Edge Hill
Charley achieved DDD* in here Health and Social BTEC and was successful in gaining a place at Edge Hill University
Charley said “I am so happy to have been accepted on to the course I have always wanted to go on. The UTC has been amazing and has really helped me get where I am”.
Joyce – Biomedical Science – Nottingham Trent
Joyce received great results in her Applied Science BTEC and has successfully gained a place studying Biomedical Science in Nottingham Trent.
When asked about her time at the UTC she said “I have thoroughly enjoyed the UTC. I have undertook several placements which has helped me gain a lot more practical skills as well as academic skills which will enable me to go onto my course with both. The labs at the UTC are so advanced, you certainly wouldn’t have the same experience at any other school!.”
Fatima and Eglal
Friends Fatima and Eglal were both successful in gaining the university places they both wanted.
Fatima (left) gained a place at University of Liverpool to study Orthoptics whilst Eglal (right) accepted her place on a Criminology course at Liverpool John Moores University.
Eglal said “I have found the UTC really good. I would like to say thank you to the teachers, for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself and giving me a chance”.
Charlie – Medicine at University of St Andrews
After successfully achieving A,A,A in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, Charlie accepted his place at University of St Andrews to study Medicine.
Charlie reflected on his results:
“St Andrews was my first choice university, so I’m thrilled to have achieved the grades to get me there. It has always been my dream to go on to study Medicine.”
When asked about his time spent at the UTC, Charlie said:
“The UTC has been brilliant, I’ve loved every minute of it. They have helped me gain the knowledge and experience to study Medicine through placements and working in the labs. The support I received from the UTC helped me go on to achieve my goal.”
Shannon – Chemistry at University of Edinburgh
This is the heart-warming moment a student who battled cancer found out she got two A*s and an A in her A levels.
Shannon from Formby was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015 and received the all-clear earlier this year. Her struggle against the disease didn’t stop her from being offered a place at Edinburgh University to study Chemistry.
Shannon reflects on her results:
“I can’t believe it, I am so happy. I wouldn’t have got here without the amazing support of the UTC and my family right the way through my diagnosis. I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. I am now going on and will hopefully work in Cancer research one day, which is my dream.”
Gemma – Medical Biochemistry student at Leicester University
It was brilliant to see our former Head Girl pick-up an amazing set of results. Gemma successfully achieved A’s across the board in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, securing her place at Leicester University to study Medical Biochemistry.
“This course is a chance for me to explore a wider range of science and decide what I really want to do in the future whilst giving me lots of new experiences.”
After serving as Head Girl for a year, Gemma reflects on her time at the UTC:
“I have loved my time at the UTC, it has been good to be part of a new innovative schooling system. Having the opportunity to work closely with different partners has been amazing.”
Kiah – Medicine student at University of East Anglia
Another of our students who went on to study Medicine at university is Kiah, who achieved an amazing A, A,B in her A levels and accepted her place at University of East Anglia.
“I’m ecstatic with my results! I’ve always wanted to go on to study Medicine at university.”
She also spoke about her time at the UTC:
“I have loved every minute of the UTC. The experience and skills I have gained and developed have definitely got me where I am today. I can’t thank UTC staff enough!”
Adam – completing a Higher Level Apprenticeship at Unilver as a Research and Development Chemist
Adam has received a prestigious apprenticeship at Unilever Research beating over 300 applicants to grab a spot on one of the best apprenticeships in the North West.
During his time at the UTC Adam bagged two placements. One at the Chemistry lab at University of Liverpool working alongside PhD students to research a new anti-malarial drug and the other a two-week placement at Unilver.
Meeting higher level apprentices whilst at Unilever gave Adam the idea of a new path he had never thought of. Adam said:
“I’d always assumed apprenticeships were a second option if you didn’t secure a place at university. Speaking to apprentices at Unilever made me think again and I realised that this was the option I wanted to take.”
Adam served as Head Boy for a year during his time at Sixth Form, he described his experience at the UTC as:
“An amazing access to academic and industry experience which I think a general college would struggle to offer. It has given me a broad understanding of the health science sector which means I’ve been able to make an informed choice about my career”.
Beth explains the reasons behind her decision:
“I decided to study at Liverpool Life Sciences for lots of reasons, but the most important was probably the passion of the staff. They were willing to do so much for you, not only to achieve your goals, but to discover goals you didn’t even know you had yet.”
Beth was very unsure of which career to follow and spent extensive amounts of time with the Professional Guidance Leader in the UTC exploring a variety of science based opportunities.
It wasn’t too long before Beth was challenging the expectations of staff with regard to the academic standard A level students were able to achieve. For example, under the supervision of Professor David Hornby, University of Sheffield, she worked on experiments on DNA and the genome performing at the level of a final year undergraduate.
“I felt much more integrated into the community of Life Sciences than I had been at my previous school. This translated directly into lessons and teaching, in which I felt the staff knew the students better, and cared more about their individual goals. In addition, the way in which I was learning in projects initially seemed a little daunting in terms of the level of independence, but it soon became a great aspect of my education.”
Beth also spent a considerable amount of time on work placement to explore a variety of career opportunities. She completed a clinical work experience placement at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, volunteered at Aintree Hospital and participated in a day of hands on surgical training with the Association of Surgeons in Training.
Beth was also selected to complete a four-week placement in pharmacology at RedX Pharma, a drug discovery and development company where she was able to work on the development of oncology drugs, enhancing her chemistry and biology skills as well as working within a team to complete an industrial project.
Beth reflects on these opportunities:
“The UTC instilled me with both a professional and academic view of science, which enabled me to decide the direction I wanted to take my future from an informed perspective.”
The range of experiences enabled Beth to make a decision about her career plans and led her to apply for medicine at some of the most competitive universities in the UK. The combination of project based learning, master classes, work placements, enrichment and volunteering opportunities coordinated by the UTC, helped Beth to develop her leadership and communication skills to the exceptional level that is required to succeed in the competitive career of medicine.
“Everybody at Life Sciences UTC supported me immensely with my application to study medicine at University. This included help with numerous work placements and individual UCAS support, alongside enabling me to get beyond the necessary grades.”
Beth was successful in being offered places at a number of medical schools and accessed her first choice, the University of St Andrews. She is now enjoying the challenges of life as a medical student and looking ahead to what her future may hold:
“I am hoping to graduate and continue my postgraduate training as a Junior Doctor in the NHS. Currently, I aspire to become an oncologist but there’s a long way to go yet.”
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