2018 Destinations

Destinations (young people going on to meaningful next steps and careers) are the reasons for UTCs existing.  This focused approach to education is new to the North East of England and employers and parents say that young people leave UTC with strong workplace skills and a confidence that sets them up for future careers.

Headlines include:

  • 100% of our Year 11 leavers have a positive destination in education, employment or training
  • For Year 13 leavers, all who wanted to have gone to University and 100% of those went to study STEM degrees (including Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Aerospace Engineering, Maths)
  • Over half have secured Apprenticeships (higher or advanced) – seven times the national average and twice the UTC average - covering a wide range of sectors (including mechanical engineering, graphic design, fabrication, toolmaking, industrial interior design and finance)



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*NEET stands for not in education, employment or training

UTC South Durham does not set targets for the proportion of students heading to university, apprenticeships or employment; the focus is about finding the best route for every individual student and helping them to achieve that next step.

See below for some case studies of some of our students – we are very proud of their achievements:

Student Destination Case Studies – 2018

Feedback from parents of recent leavers:

“Jorge has had great start at University so far and has done very well in his first exams.  A lot of what he covered at UTC has helped him adapt easily to University and he feels it has helped him tremendously.  UTC gave him the opportunity to undergo work experience which will be very useful for when he applies for a year’s work placement in industry.  His attendance at UTC South Durham has opened many doors for his future in engineering.”

For any further information about destinations please contact our Careers Leader Cherakee Bradley on:
01325 430 250
Aycliffe Fabrications - Katie Flanagan and Apprentice Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown completed his A-Levels with us here at UTC and now is completing a Level 3 apprenticeship with Aycliffe Fabrications.
He recently called back in to collect the item he designed for his A-Level Product Design course, his Mum said, “It was good to return to the UTC recently to collect Matthew’s table from his Product Design qualification. We think it's brilliant, very professional.
She Added, "Just walking into the college the atmosphere was very welcoming and both Matthew and myself still felt a connection and a sense of belonging, even though he has now left to do his apprenticeship. I wouldn't have anything negative said about the UTC as it was the best thing that Matthew could have done. His confidence has grown and he has achieved things that he never thought possible”

Where have UTC students gone..?

National UTC Destination Data 2018