Frequently Asked Questions
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.
No, the UTC is a form of government-funded education.
It allows a student to study a subject they are really enthused by in top quality facilities that reflect the real workplace with the additional benefit of teachers working closely with industry mentors. Students also benefit from regular input and mentoring from local employers and universities.
UTC students receive a broad education including english, maths, and science combined with practical and technical qualifications of which are recognised by employers and universities. They also develop business and financial literacy. The skills they learn and the qualifications they receive are transferable to other post-16 provision and are recognised by employers.
Our employer partners as well as University of Leeds shape the curriculum so everything that the students learn is connected to the world of work. The UTC working day is also different to that of a mainstream school due to fact the days is longer. With a start time of 8.30am and a finish of 5.00pm this helps to better mirror and reflect what will be expected from a normal working day environment.
Leeds UTC is proud to have support from the University of Leeds and is working in partnership with a range of local and national employers including Agfa, Siemens, Unilever, Clarion, EEF and Leeds Chamber of Commerce.
There are lots of employers working in manufacture and engineering sectors in the West Yorkshire region and they are searching for skilled young people to fill jobs. Many of these employers are world famous and employ people nationally and internationally so the job opportunities are not just local. It is also recognised that there is a national skills shortage in manufacturing and engineering.
Although different to that of mainstream schools, student dress will have a uniform element and reflect business dress.
There will be time within the day to undertake the personal study required by GCSEs, A-Levels and other qualifications. Students will be able to access their learning, online, outside of the school day. Should they wish to complete work independently they will have the opportunity to do this. However, we think it is important that young people have time to pursue leisure and social interests alongside their studies.
Yes. The UTC has staff who specialise in special needs and the building is designed to provide access for all and additional facilities for those who need them.
Yes. All pupils eligible for free school meals will retain their entitlement.
The UTC is offering highly regarded technical qualifications alongside GCSEs and A-Levels. Students leaving the UTC at 16 or 18 will be well placed to take up Apprenticeships or Higher Apprenticeships.
The UTC offers A-Levels as well as other qualifications that provide the best grades to gain entry to the best Universities.
With its specialist learning and the key partnerships with local employers in the UTC at every level, we are confident that students will leave the UTC able to compete for jobs and for entry to higher education.
No. Students applying in Year 10 should have a strong interest in Science, Maths, or Computing. However, all abilities of students are able to apply to join the UTC in Year 10. Details are provided in the full Admissions Policy. There are minimum entry requirements for entry in to Year 12.
Follow this link to fill out an application form http://www.utcleeds.co.uk/admissions-1/apply-now.
We will want to discuss with you whether this would be the right move for you, especially given the specialist nature of our courses. If it is, then you can join if there is a vacant place, or be added to our waiting list.
Yes. There will be a minimum of two parent governors on the Board of Governors.
The UTC will provide state-of-the-art learning equipment for learning within school. Specialist kit may be provided by employers either based in the UTC or provided through site visits to their organisation. Students will not be required to provide their own specialist equipment.
Once you have formally applied to the UTC and your application has been formally accepted, you may inform your current school. We can provide you with a model letter.
No, the UTC offers a broad and balanced curriculum including the core subjects you would find in mainstream schools enabling all UTC graduates to progress into their chosen progression route.