FAQs

What is a University Technical College?

University Technical Colleges are a new concept in education. They offer 13/14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, technically-oriented course of study alongside academic qualifications. They are equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by a university and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work.

Find out more at www.utcolleges.org

Are there fees to attend?

No, the UTC is part of government-funded education.

What are the advantages of a student going to a UTC instead of staying on at their previous school?

It allows a student to study a subject they are really enthused by in top quality facilities that reflect the real workplace with teachers who have practical industry experience. Students also benefit from regular input and mentoring from local employers and universities.

What is the reason for starting at 13?

11 is too early to choose a subject path to follow and 16 is too late. Students who know what they want to do can often become bored at school and so underachieve by the time they are 16.

Is 13 too young to specialise?

UTC students receive a broad education including English, Maths and science combined with practical and technical qualifications which are recognised by employers and universities. The skills they learn and the qualifications they receive are transferable to other post-16 provision and are recognised by employers.

What makes the UTC different?

The curriculum is shaped by employers as well as local universities so everything that students learn is connected to the world of work.

What is the difference between the UTC and the AMRC Training Centre?

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC-TC) between Sheffield and Rotherham offers advanced apprenticeships in engineering, which involve a mix of employment and training, as well as higher education opportunities. The UTC is full-time education and provides post-16 students the opportunity to gain A levels as well as a technical qualification: it does not offer apprenticeships. The AMRC and UTC will be working in partnership, and we envisage that a number of UTC students will go on to the AMRC-TC when they leave. UTC students may also use the advanced facilities of the AMRC as part of their course.

Why specialise in one of our five areas?

There are lots of employers working in all of these sectors in the Sheffield City Region and they are searching for skilled young people to fill jobs. Many of these employers are world-famous and employ people nationally and internationally so the job opportunities are not just local.

I am really interested in technology – what’s on offer at the UTC?

The UTC will be well-equipped with advanced technology in both its specialist areas. It will cater for those who have an interest in creative approaches to the use of computers – both software and hardware – as well as those who want to use technology in their projects.

Will students have to wear uniform?

Students must wear UTC business dress. Full details are on the Business Attire page of our school websites:

City Centre: http://city.utcsheffield.org.uk/information/attire/

Olympic Legacy Park: http://olp.utcsheffield.org.uk/information/attire/

Will there be homework as well as a longer school day?

A: In general we will not require students to work outside the normal UTC hours of 8:30am to 4:00pm, with enrichment until 4:50pm. There will be time within the day to undertake the personal study required by A levels and other qualifications. Students will be able to access their learning online outside these hours should they want to finish off a piece of work or do more independently, although we think it is important that young people have time to pursue leisure and social interests alongside their studies.

If you already have special support at school would you continue to get this at the UTC?

The UTC has staff who specialise in students with special needs and the building has been designed to provide access for all. Please speak to our Senior Leader for Inclusion about any additional needs your child may have to ensure we can support them.

Will the UTC offer Apprenticeships?

No, UTC Sheffield is offering highly-regarded technical qualifications alongside GCSEs and A Levels. Students leaving the UTC at 16 or 18 will be well placed to take up Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships.

What if I want to go to University?

The UTC will offer A levels as well as other qualifications which will provide sufficient UCAS points for students wishing to move on to University.

Will the UTC lead to a job?

With its specialist learning and the leading involvement of top employers in the UTC at every level, we are confident that students will leave the UTC able to compete with anyone for jobs and for entry to higher education.

Will the UTC select students according to ability?

No, the UTC will not admit students on the basis of selection. In the event that there are more applications than places, there will be an independently verified process of random allocation in order to ensure fairness. The only priority criteria are certain cases of special need.

How can I apply to the UTC?

You can apply online on this website for Year 9 and 10.

You can apply online via UCAS Progress for Year 12 at www.ucasprogress.com

Paper application forms are available in both cases.

Visit the Applications section of our website

Do you have any other questions? Please contact us.
Email: admin@utcsheffield.org.uk
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