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What is a UTC?

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded academies that provide 14-19 year olds with a rounded education focused on developing the technical, personal and professional skills that the UK economy needs. They are not academically selective and they charge no fees.

  • A UTC curriculum includes one or two technical specialisms, which are linked to the skills gaps in its region and job opportunities in the UK as a whole. As well as core academic subjects, students can study GCSEs, A Levels and other relevant qualifications matched to these specialisms.
  • Each UTC is backed by employers and a local university who work with staff to develop a curriculum that gives students first-hand experience of what life is like after school.
  • UTCs have a special focus on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, and all their technical and academic learning is designed to be applied in the workplace.
  •  UTCs offer state-of-the-art learning facilities equipped with the latest technology and equipment to maximise the learning potential of their students.