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.

“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.”

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.”

“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.”

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.

Kiah said:

“I’m ecstatic with my results! I’ve always wanted to go on to study Medicine at university.”

“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 Unilever 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 Unilever.

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”.