UTC stands for University Technical College, an innovative new approach to learning for 14 - 19 year olds that offers specialist STEM programmes alongside traditional subjects, such as English, Maths and Science.
UTCs are associated with Baker Dearing Educational Trust which promotes this new model of technical schooling. This programme has the support of the Government and has commitment from universities and employers who are working in locations across the country to open UTCs. Curious to find out what the inside of a UTC looks like? Go on a virtual tour of South Devon UTC by watching the video below.
A UTC is different from an average school because it has more support and backing from the local business community and has high profile industry partners involved in the development of the curriculum. Other more traditional academic partners are also involved to make sure that UTCs really can offer the best of both worlds.
UTCs are open to students from the age of 14 as this is the age when you’ll have a better idea of what you are really interested in and whether you would enjoy learning in high-tech surroundings alongside students who share common interests in UTC’s specialisms.
We work closely with employers and universities, so that young people can make an informed choice about their career path after they finish school.Our links to business and industry are unparalleled, giving students real world work experience that they wouldn't get otherwise.
Our students stand out from the crowd because we work closely with employers.Our strong links with business, industry and universities mean they'll already know who you are when you apply for a job role, apprenticeship or university place.
UTCs are transformational. A much higher percentage of UTC students, from disadvantaged backgrounds, go on to university when compared with other secondary schools.
UTCs are more than just a school. Alongside a strong grounding in English, Maths and Science, students achieve sought-after qualifications in areas like digital and engineering.
The digital revolution has already changed the skills we need. A UTC education futureproofs young people’s careers by focusing on active learning; technical entrepreneurial skills; and personal and collaborative skills. Careers of the future will involve agile thinking and problem-solving, but the skills prioritised by many schools are increasingly done by computers. That's where UTCs are different.
UTC facilities are second-to-none. They're newly built, offering industry-standard equipment. And our industry partners make sure the curriculum fulfils what employers want, with expertise that's right up-to-date.
UTCs help to fill the huge national skills shortages in digital, engineering, health and creative jobs. Because we specialise in skills that you can't learn in other schools.
It’s difficult to study many areas of STEM, like design and engineering, in mainstream schools. UTCs excel in providing technical education.
Join something exceptional. UTCs are a national family of almost 50 state-funded schools. We work with over 400 employers and universities to provide paths into work, apprenticeships and university, across an exciting range of industries.
You can see the proof in the places our students go to... Our young people are significantly more likely to secure a higher level apprenticeship, or go on to a STEM degree. UTCs work with major employers, so that the businesses that drive your region can employ well-trained, knowledgeable and capable new recruits.
Moving when you're 14 means UTCs provide a fresh-start for many young people, in a supportive, smaller school environment.