What’s New? 2018-19

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What’s new 2018-19

Computing

In Computing students learn all about the diversity and complexity of the computing industry. We deliver a tailored curriculum which ensures students leave with the knowledge and qualifications that the industry really want.

In their most recent inspection in January 2018 Ofsted said:

“The well-established vocational curriculum is the most distinctive and successful feature of the school’s provision. In keeping with the school’s mission, all students engage with employers through their chosen specialism. Strong links with national companies, as well as with businesses and charities locally, give students access to a rich and varied range of work-related learning opportunities, particularly in the sixth form.”

“By the time they reach the sixth form, students are able to study for industry specific qualifications that are highly valued in the workplace. Consequently, all students who leave in Year 11, as well as those who leave in Year 13, go on to meaningful next steps in education, employment or training.”

Employer sponsors and partners play a vital role in the work of the UTC and the development of our students, computing curriculum is supported by the following employers: Whats New Images Computing

Key Stage 4

Students at Bucks UTC learn through projects and practical activities particularly in specialist computing. We have introduced the BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise to the Key Stage 4 curriculum to broaden opportunities to work with employers and is a practical introduction to life and work as an entrepreneur. Students will work with our industry partners on projects and challenges they set through the scheduled employer activity days.

Alongside the 3 specialist qualifications, all students will study the core curriculum subjects of English, mathematics and science with an optional GCSE choice in triple science, computer science, Spanish or History.

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Post 16

Level 3 Computing programmes have a two year duration. In their most recent inspection in January 2018 Ofsted said “the 16 to 19 study programmes are good because students benefit from effective teaching and a stimulating and exciting curriculum offer, which give rise to consistently strong outcomes.”

To gain entry to level 3 computing, applicants must have achieved at least 5x GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English and Maths. Students have the opportunity to select one of two pathways which can be seen in the diagram below

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In addition to the BTEC qualifications, students also get the chance to study highly valued industry leading professional qualifications in Cisco, Linux and a number of programming languages. Students will be able to explore and focus on their preferred industry sector and use these new skills to help them with obtaining potential employment, further education and apprenticeships.

Ofsted also confirmed that “Leadership, teaching and outcomes in the sixth form are good. The curriculum provides students with access to high-quality vocational experiences.”

At post 16 students progressively participate in projects with employer partners and in real working environments.
This flexible approach is to enable students to access a broad range of disciplines within Computing, whilst gaining professional qualifications and authentic working experience. This will support progression into apprenticeships/higher level apprenticeships, employment and higher education.

Bucks UTC is an SAE Institute (Oxford) Gold partner. This means SAE offer 2 scholarships annually worth £3,000 towards the cost of student degree course fees, our students can access free studio time, masterclasses, attendance at specialist workshops, work experience and more see http://www.sae.edu/gbr/school-partners

Year 12 students will take part in the year-long Inspiration Programme delivered in partnership with Action4Youth and Bucks County Council. Students will benefit from weekly half day access to the Inspiration Programme which is designed to broaden the horizons, thinking and experience of young people organised against five important elements of our society:

• Business
• Police and Criminal Justice
• Health & Wellbeing
• Arts & Culture
• Charity and the Third Sector

Taking part in this exciting initiative will support students to become work and society ready. Further information can be found at: http://www.action4youth.org/the-inspiration-programme/

For students that have not achieved English and/or maths at GCSE grades 9-4, there is the opportunity to retake these vital GCSE qualifications alongside a level 2 specialist computing course. Students will be placed on one of three pathways which can be seen in the diagram below:

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What’s new 2018-19
Building Studies

In Building Studies students will learn about the diversity and complexity of the industry. Building Studies is much more than the traditional trades and crafts that spring to mind. Increasingly organisations are looking for project managers, site managers, planners, surveyors, designers, procurement specialists and many other roles as the industry expands and evolves. Our courses provide insight and exposure to the careers available with major local employers like Taylor Wimpey are helping to shape the curriculum and provide work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

In their most recent inspection in January 2018 Ofsted said:

“The well-established vocational curriculum is the most distinctive and successful feature of the school’s provision. In keeping with the school’s mission, all students engage with employers through their chosen specialism. Strong links with national companies, as well as with businesses and charities locally, give students access to a rich and varied range of work-related learning opportunities, particularly in the sixth form.”

“By the time they reach the sixth form, students are able to study for industry specific qualifications that are highly valued in the workplace. Consequently, all students who leave in Year 11, as well as those who leave in Year 13, go on to meaningful next steps in education, employment or training.”

Employer sponsors and partners play a vital role in the work of the UTC and the development of our students, computing curriculum is supported by the following employers: Whats New Images Building

Key Stage 4

Students at Bucks UTC learn through projects and practical activities particularly in specialist computing. We have introduced the BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise to the Key Stage 4 curriculum to broaden opportunities to work with employers and is a practical introduction to life and work as an entrepreneur. Students will work with our industry partners on projects and challenges they set through the scheduled employer activity days.

In January 2018 Ofsted said “outcomes in vocational subjects at key stage 4 are consistently strong because the quality of teaching in these subjects is effective.”

Alongside choosing your specialism, all students will study the core curriculum subjects of English, mathematics and science with an optional GCSE choice in triple science, computer science, Spanish or History.

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Post 16

Level 3 Building Studies programmes have a two year duration. In their most recent inspection in January 2018 Ofsted said “the 16 to 19 study programmes are good because students benefit from effective teaching and a stimulating and exciting curriculum offer, which give rise to consistently strong outcomes.”

To gain entry to level 3 building studies, applicants must have achieved at least 5x GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English and Maths. Students have the opportunity to select one of two pathways which can be seen in the diagram below:

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At post 16 students progressively participate in projects with employer partners and in real working environments.

This flexible approach is to enable students to access a broad range of disciplines within Computing, whilst gaining professional qualifications and authentic working experience. This will support progression into apprenticeships/higher level apprenticeships, employment and higher education.

In addition to the BTEC qualifications, students also get the chance to study highly valued industry leading professional qualifications. Students will be able to explore and focus on their preferred industry sector and use these new skills to help them with obtaining potential employment, higher education and apprenticeships.

Ofsted also confirmed that “Leadership, teaching and outcomes in the sixth form are good. The curriculum provides students with access to high-quality vocational experiences.”

Year 12 students will take part in the year-long Inspiration Programme delivered in partnership with Action4Youth and Bucks County Council. Students will benefit from weekly half day access to the Inspiration Programme which is designed to broaden the horizons, thinking and experience of young people organised against five important elements of our society:

• Business
• Police and Criminal Justice
• Health & Wellbeing
• Arts & Culture
• Charity and the Third Sector

Taking part in this exciting initiative will support students to become work and society ready. Further information can be found at: http://www.action4youth.org/the-inspiration-programme/

For students that have not achieved English and/or maths at GCSE grades 9-4, there is the opportunity to retake these vital GCSE qualifications alongside a level 2 specialist computing course. Students will be placed on one of three pathways which can be seen in the diagram below:

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