Studying at a UTC gives you the opportunity to gain skills, experience and knowledge that are needed by employers. It combines traditional GCSEs and A Levels with specialist technical qualifications to ensure you’re qualified to work in sectors that are growing and looking for skilled staff.

Learning at a UTC

Attending a UTC gives you a unique experience and offers:

  • access to world-class facilities and equipment used by industry

  • practical work and project-based learning connected to the working world

  • an opportunity to work with businesses on real-life projects

  • access to placements and work experience

  • a chance to learn from experts from universities

  • the best advice on your future career options.

Technical specialism

I feel like I am gaining a whole new set of applied skills as well as subject knowledge that will go on to help me in the work place.

Abigail Lee
Student, UTC Plymouth

UTCs offer technical specialisms in the areas where businesses are most in need of skills. These include:

  • engineering

  • manufacturing

  • health sciences

  • product design

  • digital technologies

  • built environment.

The UTC day

To give you the time to undertake academic and technical studies the school day is longer at a UTC, typically from 8.30am to 5.00pm. This includes time for homework leaving your evenings clear for other activities.

Get a student’s perspective on studying at a UTC by watching our Introduction to UTCs video created by students at The Elstree UTC.

What to do next

You can join a UTC in Year 10 or Year 12. Lots of UTCs hold regular open days and events and provide useful resources to give you further help and advice. Find your local UTC and register your interest!

Get a student's perspective on studying at a UTC from ex-JCB Academy pupil Aiden Rogers.