UTCs offer a very particular curriculum that combines a solid academic education with a technical and practical one. Many UTC students report that it was the technical specialism that attracted them to the UTC. For the right student this provides an environment that is geared to their interests.

Links with local schools

UTCs are part of the local school community and actively seek to build links. A partnership with the local UTC can provide your students with an opportunity to access specialist facilities and equipment. Find the UTC nearest to your school.

A larger catchment area

UTCs recruit across a whole region. This means that typically only a very small number of students, generally two or three, come to the UTC from an individual school.

Students can join a UTC at 14 or 16

I couldn't have made a better choice coming to the UTC, because of the equipment and the mix of academic and technical learning.

Year 12 student
UTC Sheffield

Our view is that it is too early to choose a specialist path at 11, and at 16 it can be too late. A student can become frustrated if they do not see the relevance of what they are studying, and under-perform by the time they are 16. A move to a UTC at the end of KS3 might be the right thing for them.

At 16 students can choose to stay on at the UTC, start an Advanced Apprenticeship or leave to join a different sixth form or college. Students study A Levels and technical Level 3 qualifications before leaving to start work, begin a Higher Apprenticeship, or study at university.

Find out more

There are 48 UTCs open and by 2018, over 50 will be in operation. Find your nearest UTC.

Read UTC Norfolk Principal Alex Hayes' perspective on the challenges faced when opening and recruiting for a UTC.

Read our curriculum booklet for more information about teaching and learning at a UTC.