UTCs are free-standing technical academies for 14 to 19 year old students, with a typical working day from 8:30am–5pm. Students spend the equivalent of two days a week on technical study and three days a week on academic study. Each UTC provides at least one technical specialism alongside the key GCSEs in English, Maths and Science, as well as options including a Modern Foreign Language, Humanities, Business and the acquisition of entrepreneurial and employability skills. Year 12 students work towards their A Levels alongside a suitable technical qualification.
There are a growing number of UTCs in the UK, and they are each supported by a university and a range of local employers. This unique approach offers students a high quality, technical education that can lead to an Apprenticeship or a university degree. Local employers have a major and continuing role with the UTC. They help shape the curriculum and relate it to jobs that match the needs of the local economy. Students in turn acquire the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.