UTC FAQs

What is a University Technical College?

University Technical Colleges are a new concept in education. They offer young individuals the opportunity to take a highly regarded, technically-oriented course of study alongside academic qualifications. They are equipped with industry-standard equipment, sponsored by local businesses and a university, and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work.

Find out more at www.utcolleges.org

Are there fees to attend?

No, the UTC is part of government-funded education, that aims to provide young people with a high-quality education that closes skills gaps and provides a credible technical pathway.

What are the advantages of a student going to a UTC instead of staying on at their previous school?

UTC’s provide a unique opportunity for students to study a challenging curriculum that combines practical, academic and technical learning. Providing young individuals with sought after skills employers are looking for in their future workforce prepares them for life beyond education. Studying in a top quality facility that reflects the workplace, with teachers who have practical industry experience and with regular input from local employers and universities, is invaluable in preparing young individuals for their dream job.

Is 13 too young to specialise?

You’re never too young to kick start your future! UTC students receive a broad education including English, Maths and Science combined with both practical and technical qualifications that are recognised by both employers and universities. The skills they learn and the qualifications they receive are transferable to other post-16 provision and are recognised by employers.

How do your industry partners help?

There are many employers within the Humber region, who are continuously searching for skilled individuals to fill their job roles. Our partners collaborate with us to make sure the next generation has the expertise, employability skills and knowledge required to meet future business and industry needs.

They influence students from beginning to end, starting by working with our staff to shape a curriculum the plugs the region’s skills gap, all the way through to offering apprenticeship and work experience places to those who are successful.

Our industry partners also work with our staff to create student projects that focus on real-world industry challenges, offer access to their facilities for hands-on learning sessions in real working environments, mentor students with careers sessions and advice, and sponsor UTC uniform, rooms and equipment.

Will students have to wear uniform?

UTC’s are an educational environment that emulates the environment typically found with modern industry. Both students and staff dress in business wear as opposed to a school uniform or casual clothing, to create an environment that strikes a balance between individual choice and the need to maintain high standards.

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Will students have to do homework?

In general, we do not require students to work outside of the normal UTC hours as there will be time within the school day to undertake the personal study required. Students will be able to access their learning online outside these hours, although we think it is important that young people have time to pursue leisure and social interests alongside their studies. However, home revision when it comes to exam season is crucial.

You can view our school day here.

If you already have special support at school would you continue to get this at the UTC?

The UTC employ staff who specialise in students with special needs and the building has been designed to provide access for all. Please speak to our SENDCo for Inclusion about any additional needs your child may have to ensure we can support them.

Will the UTC offer apprenticeships and/or work experience?

The ENL UTC is an educational facility that offers highly-regarded technical and practical studies alongside of GCSEs and A Levels, so do not offer apprenticeships and/or work experience. We do however, work alongside some of the regions leading employers who offer our students a variety of unique and exciting opportunities throughout their time with us.

UTC’s rich and full careers programme underpins everything we do and ensures our young people are always made aware of the local opportunities available to them and the route they need to take to get there. Students leaving the UTC at 16 or 18 will be well equipped with vital skills that means they will be well placed to take up apprenticeships or higher apprenticeships. You can find out more about our careers programme here.

What if I want to go to university?

The UTC offer A levels as well as other specialist qualifications that provide sufficient UCAS points for students wishing to move on to University. We support our students in whatever route they wish to take and ensure they have all of the knowledge, confidence, skills and tools to succeed.

Will the UTC select students according to ability?

No, UTC’s are non-selective educational providers, which means all applicants will be considered fairly through a transparent process. Students should have a genuine interest in engineering and technology, and an aptitude for technical and academic modes of study.

To view our application process please click here.

How can I apply to the UTC?

You can apply online for year 9 and year 12 by using our online application forms which can be found here.

If you would like to visit our facilities to find out more about life at the ENL UTC, please contact us on info@enlutc.co.uk or by calling 01724 878100.

Do you have any other questions? Please contact us.