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Applying to University – Shanen, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Thinking of applying to university? As the deadline for applications gets closer this could be the ideal time to start thinking about the route you want to go down when preparing to leave school. No matter the university or course you are looking at it is important to understand the application process and how you can demonstrate yourself as the ideal student.

Whilst the process may seem daunting to some, UCAS have released many useful guides and tips that help when filling out your application form. To put it into perspective here are the top things admissions teams look for when reviewing your application form;

  • Qualifications
  • Content of written personal statement
  • Quality and content of reference
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the subject discipline
  • Good attitude to learning and personal development
  • Ability to articulate yourself fluently and accurately in writing

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, we work closely with our students to ensure that they have all the industry knowledge, qualifications, business acumen, technical skills and employability skills required by employers to fulfil future ambitions. We also work closely with industry partner University of Hull, to provide further detail regarding life on campus, studies and career progression.

So whilst we have you covered for gaining all those experiences and qualifications required to fill your applications form, how do you effectively translate all of this into a personal statement?

A personal statement is a vital part of your UCAS application, the supporting piece, which gives you an opportunity to showcase your ambitions, skills and passion for the chosen field on just one page. It is the ultimate way to sell yourself to the admissions team.

Whilst some of our students are in the process of finalising their applications for the deadline, we have taken the time to note down tips from Year 12 student Shanen, on how she successfully completed her personal statement.

1 – Map out a simple structure for your content

Don’t make this structure too complicated. Simple is key as you can throw in extra detail later on once you have the bulk of your content in place. By following a concise plan it allows you room to edit later on without forgetting your place.

Shanen was able to do this by following a simple yet effective structure that allowed her to present a confident image of herself to the admissions team;

  • Introduction
  • Interests that relate to the course and how it inspires her
  • Studies and qualifications so far and how it is relevant for future progress
  • Skills and qualities
  • Conclusion, reminding the university why she is suitable for the course

2 – Don’t start with “I wish to apply for this course” or “I want to do this course because…”

The first paragraph of your personal statement should be short, catchy and with the ability to express yourself as an individual. Use this as an opportunity to showcase your interest and how this results in your chosen subject.

From the outset, Shanen makes it clear that her passion lies within the physics field by stating “What sets physics apart from the other sciences, in my opinion, is that it can be practically applied to all instances in life.” This will spark an interest in the reader to want to find out more about you as a person.

3 – Why should they choose you over the other applicants?

Be modest but always make sure that you sell yourself. Indulge the reader in information that can make you stand out compared to other applicants. Shanen, as part of her application, provided information relating to her deep interest in space and astronomy; “Books such as The Martian and Endurance have inspired me to pursue further studies in astronomy and the corresponding physics.” It helps to show that your interest in the course runs far beyond the class timetable.

4 – Your studies and qualifications so far

Although this information will be provided in further detail within your application form, it is essential to highlight your successes within the personal statement too. Shanen uses her time at the ENL UTC to showcase her ability to learn by stating, “I am currently working towards a Level 3 Engineering qualification, a Quantitative Reasoning qualification and an Extended Project Qualification at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.” Whilst also taking the time to highlight additional certificates and achievements that she has gained prior to her most recent studies.

5 – Any desirable skills and traits?

Treat a personal statement like a CV cover letter by highlighting your key qualities and skills that can be applied throughout your studies. This will show the reader that you have a strong business acumen and can perform to a high standard. Shanen visits previous work experience to expand on the skills she learnt by stating, “I have over 350 hours of paid work experience within the customer service sector showing that I can adapt to different situations, perform well under a deadline and can work efficiently to a specific schedule.”

Not only does this highlight to the reader that Shanen has strong communication skills but also that she has the ability to complete work to a deadline.

6 – What are you future plans?

Try and think beyond education and how you can use your qualifications and experiences for the future. It is inspiring for people to hear how their work can help lead you towards your dream career.

Shanen, uses the above to close her personal statement with, “I would like my degree to lead to a career in Cosmological Research, as it would keep me abreast of new discoveries in the physics sector.”

7 – Tailor your content to fit a variety of university applications

You may find that when you start looking into universities you have several options in mind that you want to apply for. Whilst every kind of university has a recommended set up for your personal statement as they each look for different qualities, it is important to remember the above points so that your content will fit all of them to an extent.

Always keep in mind that your content should be tailored around your chosen course so that it is easily translated to all course supervisors for them to see your suitability and interest.

For any further information on how the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire can help prepare you for your dream STEM-based career, you can contact our team via info@enlutc.co.uk or call 01724 8787100.

Meet the Students – Isabella, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Isabella, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about her experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“At home I really enjoy reading, drawing and watching YouTube videos.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I have always been interested in engineering as it is very mathematical, which is one of my favourite subjects. It was a very easy choice to come and study at the school as I know it would help me to progress further.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I am very interested in studying at University and then progressing onto a career in White Hat Hacking or Software Engineering.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“I feel that the UTC is helping as it is more like a business than the typical school. This makes it feel like they are more invested in helping us to get the career that we would like for the future whilst building up our employability skills.”

What inspires you?

“The two things that inspire me are my mum, as she is always there to help and to motivate me, and also my choice of job role as I know that I need to study hard in order to be successful.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The UTC is different because we do not have a uniform, instead we wear business clothing to help us feel smart and professional. There is also much more respect between students and the staff members, as they all want you to do well and to feel confident as individuals.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“For me personally one of my favourite things is the fact that the subjects are maths-orientated, as this is one of my core strengths so it is helping to build up my knowledge and skill in this particular area.

I also really enjoying getting to know other individuals who have the same interests as myself.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff members at the UTC are really nice and respectful, they make us feel more like adults rather than school children. I also really like the facilities at the school as they reflect what it would be like in industry, meaning that I am confident in my skills and knowledge when applying for job roles.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“If you are interested in STEM, then definitely come and have a look around the ENL UTC!”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Luke, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Luke, aged 16, one of our current year 12 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC. Luke is currently studying his Level 2.5 Engineering in Manufacturing and Design, a bridging course for his Level 3 next year;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, upcycling old furniture to sell on for a profit and helping my granddad to fix up old car engines.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I originally heard about the UTC through a family friend who told me all about the school’s opportunities and industry partners. I was really interested from the start and wanted to know more.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I would like to eventually become the Managing Director of a manufacturing plant or a car manufacturer. This is because it is a highly skilled and fast-paced job role that requires leadership, communication, industry knowledge and much more! It would be great to eventually lead my own team to see the positive impacts that you can have. “

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The staff members are incredibly supportive and are always there to help you with anything that you need. Most recently I have had support in writing my CV to prepare for future applications.”

What inspires you?

“My main motivation is that I want to eventually travel the world and to secure myself a good job with good money. To do this, I know that I need to work hard now in order to gain a successful career that I can build on.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“At the UTC we get treated like adults and not children. Staff members always speak to us with respect and in a calm manner which makes the environment more fun and comfortable. The school has definitely helped me to grow in confidence.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite things about the UTC are definitely the visits we have with our industry partners. One of my favourite trips out of school was to the car manufacturer, Land Rover Jaguar, as we got to look at the whole design and manufacturing process of the cars as well as doing an in-depth site tour of the facility.

I have also enjoyed our Lunch and Learn Sessions with industry partners, where we are able to meet experts within engineering roles – also we get free lunch!”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“If you really want a career within the engineering and technology industries and are passionate about developing your skills, then you will gain a lot from studying at the UTC!”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Harry, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Harry, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I have a lot of hobbies outside of school as I like to keep myself busy and active. Some of my interests include writing, reading, watching films, origami, cooking, baking, going to the gym, archery, drawing and currently I am trying to learn another language!”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“After doing some research about engineering careers, I came across the UTC and it seemed like the best place for me to attend. This is because it offers a clear focus on STEM-based activities with different teaching styles to other schools.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“My goal is to work abroad in the renewable’s industry, ideally with wind turbines either on land or at sea, because this particular industry is going to be the future of energy that won’t harm the planet. Also, my dad works in this particular industry so it means that we are both very passionate about the environment.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“Whilst the UTC is helping me to understand the engineering and technology industries I would like a more focused view on the renewables industry as I know this is what I am passionate about. It is very interesting however, to learn about the different sides to engineering.”

What inspires you?

“What inspires me is my goal to help better the planet and to be able to provide for a future family with a steady but good income. I want to achieve as much as I can so I know that when I am older I am proud of what I have done.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“I’d say one of the biggest difference’s at this school compared to others is that there is mutual respect amongst both staff and students which makes people more ready to learn.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“I’d say one of my favourite things about the UTC so far is how many events I’ve been able to get involved in and how our student voice feels like it makes a difference.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that they are all amazing because they all try and give the best possible learning experience.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“Come to the UTC if you’re interested in any kind of engineering and want a serious career in the future.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Maddison, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Maddison, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about her experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I am currently part of the air cadets, where I take part in range of different activities such as camping, Summer camps, rock climbing, canoeing and much more! I also like to regularly volunteer at my local church to help give back to the community.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“Because I’ve known for a while that I want a job in engineering and I knew that the UTC could offer me the qualifications that I need.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I would like to go into either Chemical or Aeronautical Engineering because I love chemistry and planes, so helps to combine my interests.”

What inspires you?

“My family are incredibly supportive and really want me to succeed, so constantly motivate me to be the best I can and to achieve everything that I want to achieve.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The UTC provides you with many opportunities to experience the engineering and technology industries through mentoring sessions, site visits and more. They also let you work on real industry machinery to give you better knowledge.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“I really enjoy our engineering lessons, especially the ones with our senior lecturer Ian Bates as he has lots of experience to talk about and is always happy to help.

One of my favourite moments at the school so far has been our trip to the K-COM Stadium on Hull where we took part in challenges against other schools to show our entrepreneurial skills.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff are really supportive, the facilities are great and the connections with industry are really interesting because we actually get to meet experts who do the job roles we are interested in and provide us with loads of good advice.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“Definitely come and look at the UTC to experience everything it has to offer!”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Josh, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Josh, aged 16, one of our current year 12 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC. Josh is currently studying for his Level 3 in Engineering, and is developing his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) for Jaguar Land Rover design;

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“The reason why I decided to come to the UTC is because I know that I want a future career in engineering. Also, it is different to other schools around the area that gives you a lot of knowledge and experience into these specific industries.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“My future goals are to go into the design sector of engineering i.e. drawing and CAD, as I am very confident in my skills of designing new things.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“Yes. The UTC is definitely helping me towards my future by helping me to gain experience through workshops and off-campus work experience.”

What inspires you?

“The people who inspire me the most are my teachers and my family, this is because they push me to do my best in any situation and I feel that this will help me in the future when I go into industry and start my career.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The UTC definitely provides more in terms of experience into industry than other schools do around the area. They get you involved with industry experts that support your work all year round.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that the connections with staff at the UTC is really good as the staff are always there to help and advise you the best that they can. The connections with companies is really good as well because you get to see what real industry experts do and how they work on a day-to-day basis.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“The advice I would give to students in the area is that if you really want to get into a STEM-based career then the UTC is the best place to start, as you get a lot of experience and the people at the school are polite which makes you enjoy your studies more.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Leigh-J, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Leigh-J, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“Usually I like to spend time with with my friends or at home on the Xbox. Mainly I am interested in video games but I do also enjoy watching football and motorbike racing.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I decided to study at the UTC as I knew it would be a great place to gain relevant engineering qualifications as well as helping me to be noticed with local companies. It also impressed me that the schools pass rate was 75%, with an aim to increase it to 80%, so I knew I would do well here.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“In the future I would love to have an apprenticeship at a company such as Phillips 66 or Jacobs. This is because I find it easier to learn with hands-on activities and I know that they offer high-quality apprenticeships.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The UTC is really helping me to prepare for future employment as we get given in-depth information regarding different career paths. Also people regularly come in from companies to help mentor us. This helps us to be noticed around companies for any future job opportunities.”

What inspires you?

“My family inspire me. Especially my step-dad as he has worked for both Phillips 66 and Jacobs, so has a lot of experience and knowledge into the industry.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The main difference is that the UTC gives you an in-depth look into the engineering and technology industries whilst providing you with industry-standard machinery to work on and opportunities for work experience.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite thing about the UTC is being able to use the different types of machinery. On our last open evening I was able to demonstrate the CNC Lathe Machine for our visitors, and although I struggled to get the hang of it at first, by the end of the night I was really good at it!”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff are really good here and the best part is that they treat you like adults and not children. One of our Seven Consistencies, is that nobody is allowed to shout at another person, which means that staff members always talk to us in a respectful manner.

The school facilities are really good and clean which makes the workshops safe and nice to study in.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“The best thing to do is research what the school is about and if you are interested in engineering, you should definitely apply.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Eleanor, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Eleanor, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about her experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I am currently part of the sea cadets, where I take part in range of different activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating – to rock climbing, camping, music and much more!”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“Because I’ve known for a while that I would like to be a Mechanical Engineer in the Royal Navy when I am older, and knew the UTC could offer me that head start.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I plan to go into the Royal Navy as my uncle is actually currently in it. I’ve always wanted to work with him in engineering and that inspires me.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The UTCs focus on engineering will definitely help me gain the industry knowledge and skills for my future job role, but as the Royal Navy requires a high level of fitness, this is additional training that the school does not provide.”

What inspires you?

“People in my family motivate and inspire me the most because they always help me with what I need and support me throughout my training.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“My previous school was unable to provide the high level of engineering  and technology knowledge that I need to get into the Royal Navy, I knew the UTC could help me to reach my career goal.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite thing about the UTC is definitely the engineering lessons where we are able to work on machinery and projects that teach us new things.

I also love that the staff members take the time to help you fit into the school which makes it more enjoyable.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that the staff members are really nice and good because they will help you with anything that you need and will always listen.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“Come to the UTC and get a whole new experience! If you like engineering as a subject then the UTC can provide you with really fun classes, with new machinery, tools and materials to use.

Also the teachers will welcome you and help with anything you need.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Jordan, Year 11 2> By | Students Say | 3 Comments

Meet Jordan, aged 15, one of our current year 11 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I am a huge football supporter and also love listening to music, especially when revising as it helps me to concentrate.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I decided to continue with my education at the UTC after I saw an Open Evening advertised through the schools Facebook page. After attending the Open Event, I was very impressed with the equipment and the staff members, and instantly knew that the UTC was for me.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I am looking to become a Robotic engineer or a Mechanical Engineer at a company such as Phillips 66, as I have worked closely with them throughout my time at the UTC so they already know me very well.

Another plan would be to go into Electrical Engineering, as I have been learning these particular skill sets since I first started at the school, so am confident in my knowledge of this industry area.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“Yes, because the companies we work with visit the school regularly to set specific tasks that help us develop employability skills for the future.

The school also allow us to wear suits, rather than a uniform which helps us look and feel more professional so that when employers do meet us they know we are from a professional environment.”

What inspires you?

“My family inspire me because they always say that no matter what happens I will always have something to fall back on. This helps me to stay focused and to realise how lucky I am to be in a school such as the UTC.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The curriculum for starters is different because we study engineering which other schools may not focus on as much. This specialism gains us an extra qualification over everybody else and is an added extra to place on our CV.

Also, we wear suits and not uniforms which allows us to feel more grown-up and a part of a professional environment and not just a school.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“Definitely the engineering because it allows me to learn things that I feel passionate about and that I never knew before.

A particular highlight for me during my time at the school is when we have worked with Hull University to develop our employability skills to help further prepare us for the future by building confidence.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that the staff are extremely respectful and the facilities are out of this world. Our schools connections with industry  is crazy because we are partnered with so many major companies that could offer an opportunity after school.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“I would say that you should start at the UTC if you are interested in a STEM-based career because it offers more opportunities than other schools within the area.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Student life at the UTC – Manda Mulaya 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

What is different at the UTC compared to a normal school?
A good thing about the UTC is that everyone here can do the same lessons but you are allowed to be independent – for example, in product design, all students can work independently and differently. There are more opportunities to be creative, which was lacking in my previous school. Here students can stand out through their own creativity and individuality!
What trips do you go on, and what do you think of them?
I recently went on the year 10 trip to RAF Scampton which was an eye-opener, learning about the history of the RAF – so much so that I will definitely remember the experience for a long time! Going on trips helps to merge the ‘real’ world with UTC life.
Normally when you start a new school you are with people that you don’t know. It was really good to go to RAF Scampton as you were put into groups with other people that you didn’t know too. It was a good way to open up and start to develop friendships with different people. We spent a lot of time learning to work as part of a team with new people, developing communication skills.
What do you do on/like about Wednesday afternoons?
I like the fact that every Wednesday afternoon at the UTC, they invite partner employees in to talk about their companies and their job roles. It’s good to get to speak to people who work in different companies to ask specific questions about what they do in their day to day work. You know that they will have the true answer to genuine questions, instead of it being a teacher reciting knowledge.
I also really enjoyed the Nicky Morgan event in September, as it gave us the opportunity to speak to girls who have decided to become engineers, which we wouldn’t have had the chance to do in another school. You don’t see that many engineering girls, so meeting them gives you the opportunity to find people who you can look up to, and can guide you in the industry later in life. It gave me a push in the right direction!
What do you like the most about the UTC?
I like the UTC, especially for fact that I don’t have to wear a tie! My previous school said that they offered the same opportunities as other schools, but I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to speak to future employers. I have more opportunities here than I ever have had before, and it’s a relief that we can prove to other girls and to other people that you can do what you want at the UTC, despite what other schools and parents may say. I like it here because I can be myself, be creative and learn new techniques.
How do you think the UTC will affect your career prospects?
In my old school, I didn’t feel like people knew what they wanted to do when they finished school. I was worried before that I might find it difficult to find a job – we all know that it is really hard to get a job at the moment!
Being here at the UTC, I am looking into jobs with future employers at a much younger age. This will open up many doors for me, because companies are coming here and watching how you are working. You might not know it at the time, but companies are asking staff about how we are performing because they might be interested in employing us or offering us a placement in the future. It’s a brilliant stepping stone for careers.
At other schools they don’t really help you with looking at what you want to do in the future – they mostly leave it up to you. Being here you get lots of help and an extra push which I didn’t have in my previous school. It’s definitely easier to get a job because we are actually seeing the real jobs and most of them are jobs that we didn’t even know about before.
If any girls do want to be engineers like I do, then coming here you soon find out that the boys are actually really caring and supportive. And don’t worry about what anyone else says about your dreams, because they can bring you down – you just need to believe in yourself!