What is a UTC

About UTCs

UTCs aim to connect schools and industry by providing technical education and training for 14-19 year olds in partnership with local employers.

Curriculums are exciting and engaging, with students taking part in hands-on projects, based on real-world industry problems, using cutting edge technology and facilities. With longer school days and business dress, students gain valuable life skills alongside technical and academic qualifications, increasing their chances of progressing into industry careers.

Key Facts About UTCS

> UTCs are government funded, so they charge no fees, and aren’t academically selective.

> A UTC curriculum includes one or two technical specialisms, alongside core academic GCSE and A Level subjects matched to these specialisms.

> UTCs have a special focus on science, technology, engineering and maths, with all learning designed to be applied in the workplace.

> Each UTC is backed by employers and a local university, who work with staff to develop a curriculum shaped around their industry’s needs.

> UTCs offer state-of-the-art facilities with the latest technology, so students can learn hands-on with equipment they would be using in industry.

> UTCs operate longer school days that mirror the world of work, typically starting at 8:30am and ending at 5:00pm, with limited homework.

> There are 48 UTCs currently open in England, with more to come in 2018.

Each UTC offers around 600 places; they are sub-regional and their catchment area may cover multiple local authorities.

UTC Stats


of UTC leavers started apprenticeships, compared with 8.4% nationally


of UTC leavers went to university, compared with 38.1% nationally


of UTC leavers started apprenticeships, compared with 8.4% nationally


felt that technical skills would have been more useful in later life than academic skills


believed employers should have a greater input in what schools teach


recognised schools as having offered them insights into the labour markets


didn’t understand the connection between the subjects they chose to study at school and their use in the world of work