University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded colleges. They are at the leading edge of developments in education with a different approach to traditional schools.

They offer 14 to 18 year olds the opportunity to learn highly regarded academic and technical subjects and become the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

Students learn these subjects in highly integrated ways with an emphasis on project-based learning.  Students combine their academic studies with its practical applications and get hands-on to experiment, design, make, test and evaluate using highly advanced and specialised equipment.

All University Technical Colleges are sponsored by a university and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work.  Employers, both local and national, play a key role in UTCs. They are involved in shaping the ethos and steering the curriculum together with providing support and work experience for students.

UTCs have a catchment that is sub-regional, taking students from a wide geographical area. This reduces impact on any one local school in terms of student roll.

University Technical Colleges have specialisms in subjects that require advanced technical equipment including engineering, product design, medical sciences, construction and land and environmental services. The chosen specialism of each UTC reflects the university’s areas of excellence and the needs of local employers.

All University Technical Colleges place a strong emphasis on the teaching of business skills and the use of ICT ensuring that students have the right skill set for their future careers in an ever-changing world.

University Technical Colleges are open to students of all abilities. UTCs  do not judge students on their past performance. Students are given new opportunities and new ways of learning enabling them to achieve to a higher level than they have done before.

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