Frequently Asked Questions about UTCs

What age can my child join a UTC?

Each UTC has its own policy around recruitment, however, most offer an education to pupils at the start of Key Stage 4. This can be 13 or 14 years old depending on local education provision.

In 2017, The Leigh UTC in Dartford became the first to open a pre-UTC feeder school at Key Stage 3 (11-year-olds). Recruitment at 11 has been successful and the feeder school has quickly become oversubscribed. More UTCs are expected to open.

Contact your local UTC to find out more about their individual recruitment policy.

Why do we need UTCs?

The UK needs more advanced technical skills at all levels. We need a workforce that can develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources and fulfil the needs of the 21st century. Warwick Institute for Employment Studies estimates that between 2014 and 2024, 1,240,000 graduates and technician core engineering jobs will arise across all industries as a result of both replacement demand and expansion demand.

UTCs are different from mainstream schools because they are supported by more than 400 employers including Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Royal Navy, Network Rail, Fujitsu, Jaguar Land Rover, and Microsoft, as well as scores of small and medium-sized businesses.

They are also supported by nearly 50 universities, which contribute their knowledge as well as offering opportunities to experience the world of work.

How many UTCs are open?

There are 50 UTCs open across England

Where is my closest UTC?

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What makes UTCs different from other schools?

UTCs offer a curriculum that focuses on technical education (for 14-16 year-olds this is 60% general, 40% technical: for 16-18 year-olds it is 40% general and 60% technical).  The curriculum is integrated so that academic subjects relate to and reinforce the technical specialism. In order to make time for this curriculum UTCs have a longer school day.

The university and local employers appoint the majority of the board of governors at a UTC. This ensures profound employer engagement and the formal involvement of the University in the development of curriculum.

Employers and universities help with curriculum design, sourcing equipment, recruitment and they involve their staff and students in teaching and mentoring. This offers UTC students an opportunity to understand more about the role of universities in their technical area and get an insight into university life.

How are UTCs funded?

UTCs are funded by the Department for Education

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