Today, we were delighted to celebrate the hard work and success of our first ever Year 13 cohort, the class of 2017.

The UTC is about to enter its third year as a college for Digital and Creative study for 14-19 year-olds in MediaCity, Manchester.

60% of our students are progressing to university whilst the remaining students have largely secured employment or apprenticeships. All of our students studied for a 3 A Level equivalent BTEC qualification with all entries achieving at least a pass. We are delighted with our 100% success rate, but even more that a superb 63% of students achieved at least a triple Merit, whilst 39% of all grades were Distinction or Distinction*

Principal Sharon Gardner noted: “The most common outcome for students was D*D*D* which is a fantastic achievement for students in our first year of results.”

Students also took A Levels in English Language and Literature, Creative Writing, Maths, Physics and Computer Science, with 100% of learners passing Creative Writing and 94% of learners passing the English Literature and Language qualification.

Our students are progressing to a range of exciting destinations. Whilst most students are pursuing employment, training or University to continue their study in Creative and Digital Media, some students are pursuing more traditional degrees in English, Maths and Computer Science. We will be publishing a full list of destinations on our website in due course.

Here are just some of the stories of our first BTEC and A Level cohort from the UTC. We look forward to welcoming them all back on Wednesday 1 November 2017 for our first ever Awards Evening for UTC Alumni.

We are delighted that several of our UTC students have been accepted at Ravensbourne College and University of Arts, Bournemouth  (including Ethan Holden and Shakeel Patel pictured), both of which are highly competitive centres for digital and creative media degree courses.

Another group of students including, Trisha Mistry and Georgina Deignan, (pictured) will be attending Manchester Film School to study for a degree in Film Production.

Other destinations include Leeds Beckett University to study Television and Film Production degrees, plus a number of UTC students will be progressing to our sponsor Salford University, to study a range of courses from Computer Science to English Literature and Games Design.

We also have students joining FutureWorks, Manchester, for degree courses in Gaming.


Rachel Nicholls (pictured) achieved 3 D*** and 2 Bs in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature. She will be studying English & Creative Writing at Bangor University.

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Emily Burrows studied for the equivalent of 5 A Levels and is going to Oxford University to study Japanese at Pembroke College, which she hopes will complement her BTEC in Interactive Media and Gaming and support her planned future career in the gaming industry.


Jess Gallery (pictured) achieved D*D*D* in her BTEC and has been successful in gaining an apprenticeship with the BBC (where there were 6,000 applicants for only a few roles.)

Klaudia Kirkpatrick (pictured) who achieved a D*** and an A in Creative Writing has secured employment with Flix. Matt Tiplady (pictured) achieved D*DD grades and has secured employment at ITV.


Corey Mills and Gabi Sutton both achieved D*D*D* in their BTEC and are off to Staffordshire University to study Gaming and Broadcast Journalism respectively.

A number of other students, including Isaac Chohan, Connor Harris, Charlie Pearson and Jarred Milner are studying for apprenticeships in ICT, Video Production, Digital Media, and Marketing.

We are delighted with the achievements of our first cohort of students and look forward to hearing of their successes as they progress in their career as the first ever UTC@MediaCityUK alumni. They have been truly unstoppable.