FAQs

If you have any questions about UTC Warrington, please see our list of FAQs below. If you still require further information, please get in touch with us.

What is a University Technical College?

UTCs are a pioneering concept in education. They offer 14 to 19 year olds the opportunity to take a  highly regarded, technically orientated course of study alongside academic qualifications.

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

Students benefit from regular input and mentoring by local employers and universities and can study  subjects they are enthused by, in a top quality facility that reflects the real work place, with teachers who have practical industry experience.

What is the reason for starting at age 14?

11 is too early to choose a subject path to follow and by the time  students are 16, if they know what they want to do, they often become bored at school and so underachieve.

What makes the UTC different?

Employers as well as the University shape the curriculum, connecting everything the students learn to the world of work, including the UTC’s working day and structure.

Students have access to employer partners, via guest speaking, trips & visits, and skills workshops.

We also have an industry-standard workshop and modern engineering facilities throughout our building.

Why specialise in science and engineering?

Our employer partners have shown a wealth of opportunities in the STEM sector in Warrington, and therefore the need for this UTC. There is also a  nationally recognised need for skills and career opportunities in a raft of specialisms offering fantastic routes for all young people.

Will students have to wear a uniform?

Students are expected to adhere to a Business Dress code. Please visit the dress code section of our website for more information.

Will free school meals continue to be available?

All students eligible for free school meals will retain their entitlement.

Will there be homework as well as a longer school day?

There will be time within the day to undertake the personal study required by GCSEs, A-Levels and other qualifications. Students can access their learning online outside these hours should they want to finish off a piece of work or do more independent study.

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

The UTC will have staff with  expertise in special needs and the building will be designed to be  accessible to all with additional facilities for those who need them.

Will there be any additional costs for parents?

The UTC is state-funded and will provide state-of-the-art equipment for learning within school. Specialist kit may be provided by employers either based in the UTC or provided through site visits to their  organisation. Students will not be required to provide their own  specialist equipment.

When do we inform the current school that the child is leaving?

The UTC will work collaboratively with Warrington Borough Council to collate applications for Year 10. During this time, WBC will inform local schools of students who have applied to join the UTC.

We will formally notify schools that students have joined us when they arrive on their first day of term.

Will the UTC have parent governors?

There will be a minimum of two parent governors on the Board of Governors.

What if I want to go to University?

The UTC will offer A Levels as well as other qualifications that will  provide sufficient UCAS points for  students wishing to move on to university.

Will attending the UTC lead to a job?

With its specialist learning and the key partnerships with local  employers in the UTC at every  level, we are confident that  students will leave the UTC able to compete for jobs and for entry to higher education.

How can I apply to the UTC?

The UTC will be able to take  formal applications for students going into Year 10 and Year 12. Please refer to the admissions policy and applications section of our website.

Are specific grades required for entry?

There are no entry requirements at Year 10. Year 12 entry  requirements will relate to the course of study applied for. For any Level 3 courses at Year 12 students will be expected to have a Grade C or better in Maths and English GCSE, a Grade C or better in Dual Award science or in two of Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Students will also be assessed through interview for an aptitude for practical learning, problem solving and collaborative working as well as an interest in engineering and design.

Will the UTC select students according to ability?

The UTC is open to students of all abilites but who have a keen  interest in Science and Maths. In the event that there are more applications than places, there will be an independently verified  process of random allocation in order to ensure fairness. Some courses at Year 12 intake may involve minimum entry  requirements based on the course selection level.