What is a UTC?

What is a UTC?

UTCs aim to connect schools and industry by providing technical education and training for 13-19 year olds in partnership with local employers.

The UTC 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, that increase 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 currently around 50 UTCs currently open in England, with more to come in 2019.

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

UTC Stats


of UTC leavers stayed in education, begun an apprenticeship or started a  full-time job


of UTC leavers went to university, with 81% choosing STEM-based courses


of UTC leavers started an apprenticeship, with 54% being at a higher or degree level


of UTC leavers begun an apprenticeship or started university with industry partners


of Year 13 leavers that go into further education, or repeat a final year, compared with national averages of 10%


of higher apprenticeship starts nationally for under-19’s studied at UTCs