WMG Academy Solihull
WMG Academy Solihull is a new UTC in Birmingham that opened in September 2016. It is a 14-19 school, sponsored by leading employers in the fields of engineering and science, as well as the University of Warwick. It is the second WMG Academy for Young Engineers to be opened, with the first situated in Coventry.
Alongside core GCSEs and A Levels in subjects such as English, maths and science, students of WMG Academy Solihull can study Level 2 and Level 3 technical qualifications in advanced engineering and science.
The Academy’s employer and university-led curriculum is innovative and engaging. It combines technical, practical and academic learning to provide a rounded education to students, ensuring they leave with the wide range of skills they need to progress to the university of their choice, onto an advanced apprenticeship or straight into full-time employment.
The WMG Academy Solihull supports the development of well qualified and industry trained students, who have the functional skills, knowledge and personal qualities to make an impact in the world of work, as apprentices and/or in further/higher education.
The curriculum is based around projects which have been designed by employers to reflect the types of problems and challenges that employers have to deal with on a day to day basis. The projects are designed to ensure students gain qualifications as they work through the problems that have been set by the employers.
The projects provide every student with access to high value manufacturing, engineering and design and academic experiences that will lead to a diverse range of positive outcomes – either into employment or on to further or higher education.
Students will learn by doing things, making things, designing things and creating things – just like businesses do every day. Team work will be the norm. In this way, students will be much better prepared for the challenges which follow, whether they be in companies, in further education or at University.
The WMG Academy for Young Engineers (Solihull) has a longer working day, high academic standards and business-led dress code, with expectations are clear to all students who attend the Academy.
Key facts about the WMG Academy Solihull:
- 100% of students attending WMG Academy go straight on to university, advanced apprenticeships or into employment.
Subjects Available at WMG Academy Solihull
The WMG Academy Solihull offers the following subject choices for Year 10 and Year 12 students:
Year 10 Subjects Choices (14-16):
- Mathematics GCSE
- English GCSE
- Core and Additional Science GCSE
- Computer Science GCSE
- PE, PSHE and RE (non-examined)
- In addition, students are able to choose either 2 or 3 choices such as:-
Optional (select 2 or 3 from the following):
- Triple Science (converting Double Science to the 3 separate Sciences)
- A Humanities Subject
- Art and Design
- Business Studies
- Product Design
- Modern Foreign Languages
Year 12 Subject Choices (Sixth Form):
- Art & Design
- Computer Science
- Further Maths
- Product Design
Qualifications Offered by WMG Academy Solihull
The WMG Academy Solihull offers the following qualifications for Year 10 and Year 12 students:
Year 10 Subject Qualifications (14-16):
- English Baccalaureate
Year 12 Subject Qualifications (Sixth Form):
The WMG Academy Solihull offers 3 different Pathways for Sixth Form studies, depending on the student’s performance at GCSE level and their future career aspirations:
A: For students wishing to study engineering at university or pursue an advanced apprenticeship. All students will study a smaller engineering qualification and up to 3 A-levels.
B: For learners wishing to study engineering combined with another subject at university, pursue an apprenticeship or go into Further Education. On this pathway the students will study a larger engineering qualification and up to 1 A-level.
C: This route is for students who want to follow an A-level only programme, with a focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).