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Our Key Stage 4 curriculum has been designed to combine academic achievement with the development of engineering and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

Core SubjectsGCSE OptionsTechnical Award Options
GCSE EnglishGCSE BiologyEngineering Electronics & Computer Systems
GCSE MathematicsGCSE ChemistryEngineering Design
PEGCSE PhysicsEngineering Materials & Manufacturing
RE/PSHEGCSE Computing
GCSE Geography

Employer partners help to 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 your GCSE studies you do PE one afternoon a week. You also have options that are not typically available in a conventional school setting, such as sailing and scuba diving.

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.

Additional information

Click the links below to view and download more information:

Key Stage 4 curriculum summary
Engineering Design
Manufacturing
Systems Control

Challenge Projects

VEX Robotics Competition
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)

Additional support

You also benefit from an extended day Monday to Thursday each week. You can remain at the UTC for up to 1.5 hours after lessons to learn or work independently with the support of specialist subject teachers.