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University Technical College

UTC Wigan

A University Technical College (UTC) is a type of secondary school in England that is led by a sponsor university.[1] The university supports the curriculum development of the UTC, provides professional development opportunities for teachers, and guides suitably qualified students to foundation and full degrees. The sponsor university appoints the majority of the UTC's governors and key members of staff.[2]

As of September 2014, there are 30 operational UTCs with more due to open in the future.


UTCs are a type of [2] Like studio schools, University Technical Colleges are specifically designed to enroll students aged 14–19,[1] whereas free schools and academies can choose the age range of their pupils. Existing schools cannot convert to become a UTC - all UTCs have to be newly founded schools with no direct transfer intake of pupils.[2]

However, the most distinctive element of UTCs is that they have to offer technically oriented courses of study, combining National Curriculum requirements with technical and vocational elements. UTCs must specialise in subjects that require technical and modern equipment, but they also all teach business skills and the use of ICT.[4] UTCs are also supposed to offer clear routes into higher education or further learning in work.[1]

The University Technical College programme as a whole is sponsored by the Baker Dearing Trust,[5] an educational trust set up by Lord Baker. Baker Dearing's promotion of UTCs is supported by the City and Guilds of London Institute, Edge Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Pearson PLC.[6] There are currently 17 UTCs operating, and more have been approved by the Department for Education and are due to open over the next two years. Many large companies have pledged to co-sponsor UTCs including Arup, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover and Sony[7]


The establishment of University Technical Colleges has been criticised by some teaching unions, who claim they will cause further fragmentation of local provision of education for 16- to 19-year-olds. Others have argued that because they offer similar programmes of study, UTCs will divert funds away from further education colleges.[7]

The age intake range of UTCs have also been criticised, with unions arguing that 14 is too early an age for most children to receive such a specialised education. It has also been suggested that the technical and vocational aspects of UTCs will create a two-tier education system, with UTCs being less well regarded than more academically orientated schools.[7]

List of University Technical Colleges

Opened in 2010

Opened in 2011

Opened in 2012

Opened in 2013

Opened in 2014

Opening in 2015

  • Bolton University Technical College
  • Burton and South Derbyshire UTC
  • Derby Manufacturing University Technical College
  • The Global Academy UTC (Central London)
  • Greater Peterborough UTC
  • Health Futures UTC, Sandwell
  • Humber Renewables & Engineering UTC, Scunthorpe[8]
  • London Design and Engineering UTC (Newham)
  • Medway University Technical College, Gillingham[9]
  • Sir Simon Milton UTC (Westminster)
  • South Devon UTC (Newton Abbot)
  • South Wiltshire UTC (Salisbury)[10]
  • University Technical College Oxfordshire (Didcot)[11]
  • UTC Warrington
  • UTC@Harbourside (Newhaven)[12]
  • UTC@MediaCityUK (Salford Quays)[13]
  • West Midlands Construction UTC, (Wolverhampton)

Opening in 2016

  • Newton Aycliffe UTC[14]
  • Portsmouth UTC[15]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "BBC News - Q&A: University technical colleges". 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Frequently Asked Questions". 1 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Education Terms: Free Schools". DfE Website. Department for Education. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "What are University Technical Colleges". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  5. ^ UTCs. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  6. ^ "University Technical Colleges". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  7. ^ a b c Burns, Judith (2012-05-29). "BBC News - Jaguar Land Rover and British Airways back new colleges". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  8. ^ Humber UTC,
  9. ^ Medway Council,
  10. ^ BBC News Wiltshire,
  11. ^ BBC News Oxfordshire,
  12. ^ Haven News,
  13. ^ Aldridge Foundation,
  14. ^ Northern Echo,
  15. ^ Portsmouth News,

External links

  • University Technical Colleges homepage
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