Specialism: Engineering, Science
Date of opening: September 2012
The University sees its UTC as providing a unique chance to embed an employer-led engineering curriculum into 14+ education. The specialisms are engineering and science and there will be clear pathways for future careers in industry and study at the best universities. There will be six engineering learning themes: communications, energy futures (E.ON, National Grid); Transport (Jaguar Land Rover); Metrology; Design (PTC); and Environmental. Each theme will be supported by an innovation centre which will help students follow a project through all the steps from creation to sale.
The Aston University Engineering Academy will be located in a new building on the Birmingham Science Park in the centre of Birmingham next to the University. Students aged 14-16 will study either for the Diploma in Engineering or BTEC First in Engineering alongside GCSEs in English, maths, science and an applied language course. The Advanced Diploma in Engineering or BTEC National and maths and science A levels and a business qualification will be offered post-16 with the opportunity to continue with a modern foreign language within the university. Where approporiate post-16 students will also be able to follow an advanced apprenticeship with part-time study at the UTC.
AUEA is working closely in partnership with the University in the development of an engaging and enriching curriculum which is contextualized to the industrial world through the Engineering Academy Liaison Group for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The students will have many opportunities to link with the University through mentoring, masterclasses and even sharing of University facilities.
The sponsors and principal-designate benefit from regular contact with the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and the UTC network of college principals and senior staff.