First results a big success for UTC Portsmouth

Students at UTC Portsmouth are receiving their A level and Diploma results today, the first public exams results to be published from the new specialist STEM college.

The overall pass rate for level 3 courses is 99.1%, with 70% of students getting a good pass grade from A*-C or Distinction to Merit.

The college also produced a 100% pass rate in STEM subjects, which are some of the hardest subjects to pass at A level, including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and those taking Engineering Diplomas and Certificates.

Many students have already secured offers of Higher apprenticeships at a number of our Employer Partners including Airbus, BAE Systems, DSTL and The Royal Navy. The majority of students have opted to go to university, with places confirmed at Russell Group universities as well as with our founding partners, the University of Portsmouth. 

Ciaran O’Dowda, Principal of UTC Portsmouth said: “Students have chosen to study at the UTC Portsmouth sixth form because they want a specialised STEM education in a unique setting. STEM courses are inherently demanding, so we are therefore naturally really delighted with how well they have achieved. More importantly, it is just wonderful to see these young adults either continuing their education at university or on apprenticeships with our employer partners.

“This is a very good day for the future of STEM education in the Solent region and an indication of how UTC Portsmouth can contribute to helping students secure exciting STEM- related destinations.”

Principal Ciaran O’Dowda with Alex Andrew, Joao Drain, Charlotte Rust and Cllr Suzy Horton.

Principal Ciaran O’Dowda with Alex Andrew, Joao Drain, Charlotte Rust and Cllr Suzy Horton.

Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Suzy Horton came to visit the college this morning and offer her congratulations to our students. She said: "Congratulations to all of Portsmouth's A level students - I know how committed they've been to their revision and they should be very proud of their results. I've spoken to many of them today and it's been great to find out their plans for the future. I can see that all their hard work through primary and secondary school - as well as college - has really paid off!"