Joining at 16

We offer academic, vocational and technical subjects in our sixth form. These pathways are designed to enable you to progress to either university, onto a higher national apprenticeship or into employment.

If you have gained five grade 9-4 (or 5 A*C grades) at GCSE, including in English and maths, we offer a flexible range of pathways.

These pathways enable you to study a programme that best fits your future needs. These could be based on A-levels alone or a combination of A-levels and vocational awards together with a strong emphasis on employability skills.

To study a subject at A-level you will be expected to have achieved at least a grade 5 or equivalent at GCSE. A-levels are taught as discrete subjects and you will receive at least five hours teaching every week for each subject. Technical qualifications benefit from similar levels of teaching time and are assessed as part of the application of theory and skills in projects set by our industry-leading employer partners.

Engineering Creativity Projects

Regardless of your subject choices, you will take part in project based learning where you will develop a range of skills that enhance your chances of securing a place on your preferred university course or a job or apprenticeship.


You will have the option to participate in structured sports programmes which typically include swimming, gym and football.

National Citizen Programme

You can join the National Citizen Programme where you will take part in a team building experience and then go on to develop a local community project. At the UTC, students are encouraged to volunteer in a number of local initiatives such as working with the RNLI as a lifeboat station volunteer.

Student Leadership

You will have the opportunity to take part in the Global Society Leaders programme, where you will create a ‘school club’ and one or two social action projects, presenting their outcomes at the National GSL Annual Conference.

Duke of Edinburgh

You will have the opportunity to work towards your Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This is a highly popular initiative which will help you gain new skills, push yourself physically, help others and explore new territories.

Aspire Programme

You will have the opportunity to take part in the Aspire Programme which provides a creative opportunity for you to learn and take part in activities outside your usual lessons. These include activities such as orienteering, cosmic ray study and circus training.

Aerospace Club

Activities range from building and flying model aircraft, including controlled gliders and powered models, to designing, building and launching model rockets.

In 2017 we took part in the UKAYRoC rocket competition where students worked in teams to design and build a rocket with the objective of carrying an egg to an altitude of 775 feet which must then descend on a parachute, arriving unbroken on the ground exactly 43 seconds later. Our team of five UTC students travelled to Essex for the South East regional competition alongside 40 other teams of young people who were taking part.