Aston University Engineering Academy and Sixth Form hold the key University Technical College ethos of education through a business environment, influenced and supported by our linked employers. 

Skills and Attributes.

Our values focus on the skills and attributes each of our students should obtain with us to ensure that they maximise their progress and progression to University, Apprenticeships and Employment.

Our Core Values.

Students are trained from day one to be effective learners and all lessons are constructed to drive our Core values

The ethos for our learning community is built upon our core values (7 R’s) of:

  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflectiveness
  • Reciprocity
  • Role Model
  • Readiness
  • Respectfulness


The emotional aspects of learning - Feeling


Being able to lose yourself in learning - becoming absorbed in what you are doing: rapt and attentive in a state of flow.

Managing Distraction

Recognising and reducing distractions: knowing when to walk away and refresh yourself. Creating your own best environment for learning.


Perceiving subtle nuances, patterns and details in experience.


Keeping going on in the face  of difficulties, channelling the energy of frustration productively. Knowing what a slow and uncertain process learning often is.


The cognitive aspects of Learning - Thinking


Asking questions of yourself and others. Being curious and creative with ideas. Diving beneath the surface of things.

Making Links

Seeing connections between disparate events and experiences. Building patterns and weaving a web of understanding.


Using your imagination and intuition to put yourself through new experiences.


Calling up your logical and rational skills to work things out methodically and rigorously. Constructing good arguments and spotting the flaws in others.


Drawing on the full range of resources from the wider world, e.g. people, books, past experience and future opportunities.


The strategic aspects of Learning - Managing


Thinking about where you are going, the action you are going to take, the time and resources that you may need and the obstacles.


Being flexible, changing your plans in the light of different circumstances, monitoring and reviewing how things are going and seeing new opportunities.


Looking at what is being learned - pulling out the essential features.


Knowing yourself as a learner - how you learn best; how to talk about the learning process.


The social aspects of Learning - Relating


Knowing when it’s appropriate to learn on your own or with others, and being able to stand your ground in debate.


Knowing how to manage yourself in a team, respecting and recognising other viewpoints: adding to and drawing from the strength of teams.

Empathy & Listening

Listening to them to understand what they are really saying, and putting yourself in their shoes.


Constructively adopting methods, habits or values from other people whom you observe.

Role Model.

The Leadership aspects of Learning - Demonstrating


Thinking about the things you could take responsibility for both individually and as a group.  


Supporting and encouraging others to manage their own learning in order that they maximise their own potential and improve performance.


Volunteering your time to support others and the community. Giving back.


Inspiring others to follow your example or uptake opportunities they would not have otherwise done.


The career prospects of Learning - Preparing

Employability Skills

Gaining high standards in Communication and Literacy, Application of Numeracy and effective use of ICT.

Work Related Learning

Maximising opportunities to gain industry related knowledge and skills both in lessons and via direct work experience.

Self Management

Working well under pressure by being organised, efficient and demonstrating the ability to meet deadlines.

Problem Solving

Analysing facts and circumstances and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.


Directing your learning into new areas and extending your thinking. Going beyond what is expected of you.


The courteous aspects of Learning - Understanding

Religious Awareness

Understanding and tolerance of other people's faiths and beliefs.  

Self Esteem

Understanding you - ensuring you respect yourself, your body and your opportunities. Promoting self confidence.

Good Manners

Being courteous and polite to others at all times. Acting in a socially acceptable manner.

Understanding Others

Being sensitive to and accepting other people's feelings, race, sexual orientation, and lifestyles.