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. Year 10 and 11 students will study the following curriculum:
GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Statistics, GCSE Further Maths, BTEC Double Award Engineering, GCSE Double of Triple Science
GCSE Geography, GCSE Computer Science, PSHE, PE, Aspire Social Enterprise Programme
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 PSHE students will explore and discuss issues around ethics, social and cultural awareness, sex education, citizenship, environmental factors, economics and British values.
In addition to their GCSE studies, students will have PE one afternoon a week, with options that typically include swimming, football, baseball and netball.
The extracurricular activity programme includes options such as mountain biking, sailing and circus training. This is dependent on availability, levels of interest and seasonality.
Our employer partners help provide additional technical expertise and opportunities for work placements for all our students. They will set real life enterprise challenges for them as part of our focus on helping our students develop the entrepreneurial skills that are in demand by employers.
Students will also be offered two weeks of high quality work experience.
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.