Top results for outstanding Engineering course
The College’s Engineering BTEC Diploma course has had such fantastic success this year that it is in the top 10% highest achieving Engineering courses in the UK.
The results – where every student achieved no lower than a Distinction (equivalent to a grade A) in the first year and a Double Distinction (equivalent to AA) in the second year – are thought to be the best in the country.
Data from the Government’s ALPS (Advanced Level Performance System) shows that 79% of students on the course achieved a Distinction* and 21% achieved a Distinction.
Assistant Principal John Crossley said: “The statistics speak for themselves. We believe there is nowhere better to study Engineering and no other provider has stronger results.”
The news comes as events are being held nationally to promote Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which runs from 6th November to 10th November. The special event is being held to inspire students by showing the huge range of careers that engineering can lead to. The industry needs to double the number of graduates and apprentices in future years to cover the demand.
Projects by our successful Engineering students included prosthetic limbs, recycling machines, music speakers, a drone, a nerf gun and a pedal box for a car.
The majority of the students progressed to excellent destinations. Student Cameron Dungate, formerly from Hall Mead School, is now on a civil engineering apprenticeship with Aecom in Chelmsford. Ex Gaynes student Liam Thomas is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Brighton and Jamie Tull, formerly of Abbs Cross School, is now studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds.
Subject Leader Guy Reid said the success was a team effort, having enthusiastic and hard-working students as well as dedicated staff, including Anneliese Attack, Jack Bresslaw and Ian Roche.
He added: “I am very proud of the students. They were passionate about the subject and keen to progress to either university or a higher level apprenticeship which really motivated them to produce outstanding projects. The course concluded with our competitive, but fun, Dragon’s Den presentations.
“When the senior verifier from the exam board visited he praised the high standard of students’ work and said we had produced what he thought were the best results in the country.”
Our successful students were: Mohammed Alihamjah (Double Distinction*), Cameron Dungate (Distinction*/Distinction), Jay Hersom (Double Distinction*), Jack Luggar (Distinction*/Distinction), Nicholas Middleton (Distinction*/Distinction), Dovydas Novikovas (Double Distinction), Liam Thomas (Distinction*/Distinction), Jamie Tull (Double Distinction*), Alexander Warman (Double Distinction*), Liam Whiffin (Distinction*/Distinction) and Sydnie Barnes (Distinction*).
This year’s Engineering students have also helped run a Year 7 Aiming High Taster Day where young students from local schools are invited in to College to take part in Science and Technology Challenges.