What are UTCs?

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University technical colleges (UTCs) are government funded schools that offer 14–18 year olds a great deal more than traditional schools. They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

By integrating technical, practical and academic learning, they create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities that employers need.

To do this UTCs:

  • focus on one or two technical specialisms
  • work with employers and a local university to develop and deliver their curriculum
  • relate the content of academic subjects to their technical specialisms
  • have the latest equipment and technology used by industry
  • dedicate at least 40% of time to the technical specialism including design and building, working in teams and problem solving.

By working with a university and local employers, UTC students benefit from access to:

  • the latest research, industry experts and specialist facilities
  • real-life employer projects that stretch their technical skills and creative thinking
  • teaching and mentoring from specialists who currently work in industry.

UTCs are academies and are smaller than traditional secondary schools. They are not academically selective and charge no fees.

UTCs typically have 600 students, are sub regional and their catchment area may extend across a number of local authorities.