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.