What is a UTC?

A new kind of education.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are schools for 14-19 year olds that deliver technical education as well as core curriculum subjects, in partnership with local employers.

UTCs are established by employers seeking to fill skills gaps in their local areas. They are publicly funded academies with an age range of 14-19, a longer school day to cover the exciting and engaging Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) related GCSEs as well as technical qualifications. UTCs teach one or more technical specialisms that meet the skills shortages in the region. These include: engineering; manufacturing; computer science; health sciences; digital technologies; and cybersecurity. The UTC governing body is always controlled by local employers and a local university.

UTCs provide a high-quality education, are closing the skills gap and providing a credible technical pathway for students to a valuable technical career. We believe it is essential for the UK economy that we should prove that UTC concept, fill the UTCs and create more over the coming years.

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 expert 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 have a hands-on curriculum with industry-standard equipment
  • 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 open in England, with more to come from 2019 onwards
  • Each UTC offers around 600 places; they are sub-regional and their catchment area may cover multiple local authorities

UTC Stats

93

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

47

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

27

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

39

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

5

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

15

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