Reload My Future Programme

Bucks UTC / Reload My Future Programme

‘Reload My Future’ is a one-year programme specifically aimed at supporting our young people to progress into apprenticeships or employment, continuing the legacy of great destinations for our students. It aims to address the development and apprenticeship employment gaps created by the Covid-19 pandemic and will provide an invaluable opportunity for our young people to continue to work in a familiar environment with our employer sponsors and partners and caring staff team

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What are the options?

  • A one-year full time level 3 programme for students that secure GCSE grades 4+ in English and Maths and other level 2 grade pass+ qualifications
  • One-year full time level 2 programme for students that secure GCSE grades 3 in English and/or Maths alongside other level 1 grade pass+ qualifications

How will you study?

The programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach, a combination of face to face learning sessions, online learning sessions and work placement opportunities. We are working with our employers to ensure placements will be available and these may be delivered as virtual work placements whilst the pandemic continues.

What will you study?

You will study a range of qualifications to build your CV and your confidence. You will take part in the UTC careers programme and will have the opportunity to take part in work placements and community volunteering. All of this will help to prepare you for the next steps in your career. The details of the course programme can be seen in the attached document.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 3 Reload My Future

  • English and Maths GCSE grade 4+
  • Computing or Building Studies at Level 2 pass or above
  • Interview

Level 2 Reload My Future

  • English and Maths GCSE grade 3
  • Computing or Building Studies at Level 1 pass or above
  • Interview

+ - Level 2 Programme Content

CHOOSE EITHER:

Constructing and Designing the Built Environment (equivalent to 2 GCSEs)

  • Safety and Security in Construction
  • Practical construction skills
  • Planning Construction Projects
  • Planning Potential of Construction Projects
  • Drawing Construction Plans
  • Building Structures and Materials

Click to view the Constructing Specification (PDF) and Designing Specification

OR: Technical Diploma Level 2 Digital Technology – networking and cyber security (equivalent to 2 GCSEs)

  • Set up and Configure Technology Systems
  • Exploring Current and Emerging Technologies
  • Security Protection and Risk Management
  • IT Service Solutions
  • Networking Tools and applications
  • Installing and Maintaining Networks

Click here to view the course specification in full.

Edexcel GCSE retake Maths

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015-9-1-post-16-resits.html

ALONG WITH: Work placement and community volunteering (one day per week)

Gateway Level 2 Digital Skills for life and work

https://www.gatewayqualifications.org.uk/qualification/gateway-qualifications-level-2-award-in-digital-skills-for-work/

The Basic Digital Skills Report 2018 published following a Digital Skills survey conducted by Ipsos Mori (commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group) found that around 4.3 million (8%) of the UK population have no Basic Digital Skills and 11.3 million adults (21%) do not have all five Digital Skills of managing information, problem solving, communicating, creating, transacting.

Having no or lacking digital skills is a barrier for adults in their careers. The report found that those without/lacking digital skills:

  • earn on average £13,000 less than those with all five digital skills
  • are less likely to progress in their careers
  • miss out from significant savings that can be made through online transactions

+ - Level 3 Programme Content

CHOOSE EITHER:

Building Studies Level 3 Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels)

  • Construction Principles
  • Construction Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety in Construction
  • Surveying in Construction
  • Graphical Detailing in Construction
  • Building Regulations and Controls in Construction

Click here to view the course specification in full.

OR: Information Communication Technology Level 3 Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels)

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Website Development
  • Computer Games Development

Click here to view the course specification in full.

ALONG WITH: Work placement and community volunteering (one day per week)

AQA Level 3 extended project qualification

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/project-qualifications/EPQ-7993

This will provide a unique opportunity to develop further an area of your level 2 specialism by creating your own project.  It will involve extended autonomous work by the student.

Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to:

  • choose an area of interest
  • draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre
  • plan, research and carry out the project
  • deliver a presentation to a non specialist audience
  • provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

How can I apply?

If you are interested in taking up this one-off opportunity, please complete the application form for year 12 on this page. If you have already applied to join us for year 12, there is no need to re-apply.

Facilities Tour

Our building was constructed and completed in 2013. The state-of-the-art facilities cost £10 million. They incorporate the latest technology and equipment for students in both computing and building studies technical subjects.

The ground floor of the building includes a beautiful reception and atrium. Students can socialise here for break and lunch times. The building studies area itself consists of a main open, double-height area used for building work.Facilities tour thumbnail There are electrical bays, plumbing bays, decorating bays to practice plastering and more practical and there is a woodwork area, a machine room and the construction yard.

The first floor of the building brings you to our specialist computing labs. The rooms cater for all aspects of the Computing Industry and provide hardware, networking rooms, and a dummy server room. We’ve also got impressive Mac Suite for professional graphic production and many more PCs for the development of all aspects of computing knowledge. All computers are loaded with a full range of software applications, everything that an aspiring student would need.

We have modern, large classrooms for core subjects. They have a wide range of resources for developing curricular knowledge. Similarly, there are fully-equipped Science practical rooms. An outdoor roof terrace overlooking Aylesbury provides students with their own outdoor space.

In addition, the roof of our building is covered with solar panels which are connected to 3 inverters. Solar energy collected by the panels is converted into electricity and fed back into the national grid.

Building Studies

The Building Studies’ facilities at Bucks UTC are ideal for students with everything they could need to assist them in their work. We are also hugely grateful to Taylor Wimpey our sponsors who have sponsored the majority of the equipment for the Building Studies students. Some of the facilities include:

  • Theory Rooms
  • A technical drawing room with drafting tables
  • Plumbing practice area
  • Plastering/Skimming rooms
  • Painting/decorating rooms
  • Machinery workshop
  • General construction workshop with brick-laying/building area
  • Electrical practice area
  • Tool shop
  • Boiler/gas practice area

Computing

The facilities and equipment provided for the Computing Students are inspiring, with everything they require to enable creativity in every sense. Some of these include:

  • Full Mac studio
  • PC labs
  • Graphics room
  • Networking room
  • Demo-server room
  • Video-conferencing room
  • 3D camera/TV
  • Professional film production equipment