UTCs are a new 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.
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.
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.
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, which will start at 8.30am and finish at 4.30pm.
The UTC is proud to partner with Amec Foster Wheeler, Atkins, National Nuclear Laboratories, Nuvia, Manchester Metropolitan University, Rolls Royce, Sellafield Ltd, Tenet Consultants, Warrington Borough Council, Warrington & Co and Warrington Wolves Rugby League.
Our employer partners have shown a wealth of opportunities for energy and engineering 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.
All students eligible for free school meals will retain their entitlement.
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.
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.
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.
Once you have formally applied to the UTC and your application has been formally accepted, you may inform your current school. We can provide you with a model letter.
There will be a minimum of two parent governors on the Board of Governors.
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.
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.
The UTC will be able to take formal applications from May 2015 please refer to our admissions policy on our website.
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.
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.