At UTC Sheffield we offer specialist courses designed with employers in five exciting areas: Computing; Creative and Digital Media; Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing; Health Sciences and Sport Science. These are all regional, national and international growth areas that will offer strong career opportunities in the future.
At UTC Sheffield we have two campuses, UTC Sheffield City Centre and UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. Students can join from age 13, in Year 9 or at age 16, in Year 12, and study an academic curriculum – GCSEs and A Levels – alongside their technical specialism. The difference is that all academic study relates to employer-led projects. Students gain the skills and qualifications to open up opportunities for jobs, apprenticeships and university courses.
“It is hard to overstate the significance of the UTC methodology and how much business appreciates what it offers. The UTC has delivered everything it said it would in the first year and, as a result, so have employers. I have never seen such a good example of employer engagement.” Richard Wright, Executive Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Our Two Campuses
UTC Sheffield City Centre, specialising in Engineering and Creative and Digital, is a purpose-built £9.9-million-pound college located in the heart of Sheffield’s creative and digital industries sector. It is close to the main rail and bus transport hubs, as well as UTC sponsor Sheffield Hallam University. The school opened in 2013 and the first set of graduates emerged in 2015 with excellent results. The technical qualifications were particularly strong. Read more on the UTC Sheffield City Centre website.
UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, specialising in Computing, Health Sciences and Sport Science, is part of the Olympic Legacy Park, which is set to be recognised as a UK Innovation District for health and wellbeing research and learning. The new £10-million-pound building is located next to Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport and shortly the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre. Read more on the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park website.
Together, both campuses provide a dynamic, employer-led and supportive learning environment with outstanding industry standard facilities, offering students access to careers-focused education unavailable elsewhere.
The Learning Environment
The UTC student experience is enjoyable and purposeful. Every student has a personal learning plan and is known and supported as an individual by both the Principal and the academic team. With just 600 learners on campus (when full), there is scope to nurture and support individual talent so that each student can reach their potential and achieve their ambitions.
Students are encouraged to develop self-motivated and independent approaches to their learning as part of a team. Every student is a member of a ‘Training Company’ and training companies both compete and collaborate on employer-projects. Older members of training companies mentor and support younger members. Through these companies, students learn the language and disciplines of business.
There are high expectations for standards of behaviour and personal conduct at all times, reflecting the professional environment of the UTC. This includes a dress code in line with the professional appearance students would be expected to adopt in a modern business setting. There is also a longer day starting at 8.30 am and ending at 4.00 pm with enrichment until 4:50pm. All homework is completed within this timeframe. Students are asked to sign up to our guidelines and code of conduct as part of their Learning Agreement.
The Sheffield SCITT Partnership
UTC Sheffield is proud to be a member of The Sheffield SCITT partnership. The Sheffield SCITT is one of only three accredited providers of Initial Teacher Training in Sheffield and the only one of its kind. SCITT stands for School Centred Initial Teacher Training and that is what we provide. SCITT trainees spend 100% of their time in school and are trained by serving outstanding teachers. We welcome people for work experience placements prior to applying to the SCITT on https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training. The SCITT trains General Primary and Secondary Maths, English, Sciences, History, Geography and RE at a diverse range of good and outstanding schools in the Sheffield area.
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are a newcomer to the educational landscape, and there are some misconceptions about them. Click here to read our article: The Truth About UTC Sheffield – Three Myths Busted!