Curriculum

Probably the most distinctive feature of the UTC is the way its curriculum is developed. 

Students will progress within the UTC based on their academic achievements and not by their age

The starting point is the needs of local employers and universities.  Their needs for well-educated, versatile individuals are shaping the learning experience of UTC students.  That means, when you study at the UTC, you will be extraordinarily well prepared to take up promising careers in those world-leading companies or via university.

Your week will be built around projects provided by employers, reflecting the real challenges that those businesses face. In this exciting, employment-driven environment qualifications will be vitally important so you can expect to leave UTC well qualified.

Years 10 & 11

At Key Stage 4, you will study for a technical qualification in your specialised area – either Creative & Digital Media, or Engineering & Manufacturing – alongside GCSEs. GCSE subjects are English, Mathematics, sciences, a modern foreign language and a humanities or specialist option. Students will take either Core and Additional Science (two GCSEs that include Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or Triple Science (one GCSE in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

The overall curriculum will develop students in a rounded way and get them ready for the next step at age 16 – which could be at the UTC, in a school sixth form or college, or on an apprenticeship.

Years 12 & 13

At Key Stage 5, you will study for a technical qualification at Level 3 in Creative & Digital Media or Engineering & Manufacturing, along with two or more A Levels.

You can choose from the following A Levels:

  • Art & Graphics
  • Chemistry
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Further Maths (if you are taking Maths)
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Product Design

Engineering & Manufacturing students will select from Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Product Design; Creative & Digital Media students will select from the entire range.

All Post-16 students will belong to ‘Training Companies’ and will support younger students through peer-mentoring and coaching. Post-16 students will also become leaders within the college council and in local and international activities.

After finishing at the UTC, students can progress into university, onto an advanced or higher apprenticeship, or directly into employment.