Joining at 14
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum has been designed to combine academic achievement with the development of engineering and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.
|Core Subjects||GCSE Options||Technical Award Options|
|GCSE English||GCSE Biology||Engineering Electronics & Computer Systems|
|GCSE Mathematics||GCSE Chemistry||Engineering Design|
|PE||GCSE Physics||Engineering Materials & Manufacturing|
Employer partners help provide additional technical expertise and opportunities for work placements for every Key Stage 4 student. They also set real life enterprise challenges for students, as part of our focus on helping students develop the entrepreneurial skills that are in demand by employers.
In addition to their GCSE studies students do PE one afternoon a week. They also have options that are not typically available in a conventional school setting, such as mountain biking and hiking.
In Years 10 and 11 the curriculum time is split with 60% devoted to academic study and 40% to the programme of technical awards.
All students take the core GCSEs in English and mathematics. We place an extremely strong emphasis on securing the highest level of success in these subjects. PE and RE/PSHE are also core subjects. Students then choose options from both GCSE and technical awards. In addition to English and maths all students take either Double or Triple Science, one or two option subjects together with two technical engineering qualifications.
We guarantee every student two weeks of high quality work experience at Key Stage 4.
Electrifying Waste in partnership with Veolia
Boat Hull Modelling in partnership with Sutton Workboats
Wind Turbine in partnership with E.On
Marine Waste Recovery Vessel in partnership with The Royal Navy
Solar Motion in partnership with Renesola and Pablo Neruda Technical Lycée (in Dieppe)
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Students also benefit from an extended day Monday to Thursday each week. Students remain at the UTC for up to 1.5 hours after lessons to learn or work independently with the support of specialist subject teachers.
Learning business skills
Our whole learning environment is configured for anyone who is passionate about succeeding in business in the real world. Entrepreneurship and enterprise is at the heart of our curriculum. Our partnerships with local businesses mean that our students learn from industry professionals as well as teachers.
We believe that learning a modern foreign language is an extremely important skill to develop. However to be successful students really have to be committed, which is why we have placed this option as part of our enrichment programme. Our language offer is about developing real communication skills – and we work with students from the Pablo Neruda technical school in Dieppe to do just that!
Students can receive discounts on travel to and from the UTC with a Sussex Student Card or NUS Extra Card for over 16s. Forms can be downloaded here:
The NUS card can be applied for online at cards.nusextra.co.uk
The University of Sussex Schools Lab
Some of our students attend lab days run by the University of Sussex.