A modern education
University Technical Colleges are a new concept in education. They offer 14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full-time, technically-oriented course of study. Equipped to the highest standard, they are sponsored by a university and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work.
Students are able to combine hands-on learning alongside stimulating intellectual activities, helping them to learn in a very practical way, integrating national curriculum requirements with the technical and vocational elements. The UTC ethos and curriculum is heavily influenced by local and national employers who also provide support and work experience for students.
Being sub-regional, UTCs accept students from a wide geographical area, reducing negative impact for any one local school in terms of student roll.
UTCs specialise in subjects that require technical and modern equipment, for example health sciences, engineering, product design, construction, and land and environmental services. However they all also teach business skills and the use of ICT. The chosen specialism reflects the supporting university’s areas of excellence and the needs of local employers.
“Health Futures UTC offers young people across the region the chance to combine academic education with an opportunity to learn the essential technical and practical skills needed in the health and health sciences industries. There is an urgent need for advanced technical skills at all levels in these sectors. Students at the UTC will be well prepared for work in a wide range of health-related areas.”
Lord Baker, Chairman, Baker Dearing Educational Trust