We are a University Technical College – a college that delivers engineering excellence through innovative, technically-focused education and training for 14-19 year olds on the west coast of Cumbria. On a daily basis our students work closely both with our own excellent staff and also our industry partners, who include:
Through our close, daily, links with our partners, our students are provided with distinctive, innovative and technically-focused education and training to raise their attainment and employment prospects. Our aim is to meet the current and growing skills demand from regional employers working in the rapidly-expanding Energy sector.
Our students are inspired by the relevance and challenge of solving real-life industrial and community problems. They rapidly gain the confidence and both the technical and personal skills to become the creative contributors on whom our businesses and public services can rely for shaping and driving the future of our society.
The ethos of the UTC is inclusive and enabling. Every student and member of staff is encouraged and expected to continuously strive for improvement, setting themselves goals that are both personally challenging and constructive for the community as a whole. In a climate of mutual support and respect, individuals gain the motivation to work with initiative and independence and also the self-confidence to ask questions and to seek the help of others.
- A technical vocational choice for young people aged 14-19
- An ethos and working day that matches closely with business practice
- Unprecedented close links – on a daily basis – with our industry partners
- Apprenticeship experience
- Learning that is delivered through practical work-related projects that foster both collaboration skills and independence
- Rich opportunities for informal learning, through project work and enrichment activities
- State of the art buildings and facilities
- A caring, supportive environment
The Curriculum in more detail
- Students study for BTEC qualifications in engineering or civil engineering. In addition, all students study a range of GCSEs including Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History and Geography.
- Students also have time dedicated to physical education, enrichment, citizenship, careers education and guidance, religious education, and personal, health and social education.
- As a UTC, we are not subject to the Progress 8 or English Baccalaureate, but all students do study the core subjects and gain a focused engineering education that is not available at any other school in cumbria.
- At Post-16 our offer is based on a 50:50 split between academic and vocational courses.
- Our Post-16 offer covers a range of A & AS level, BTEC and vocational qualifications leading to apprenticeship, employment or university. On average, 80% of our students go on to high skill apprenticeships around the country.
- Within our Level 3 vocational courses the split of theory to practical elements is 40:60.
- Courses in Mathematics will be required to support engineering studies.
- All Post-16 students will have time dedicated to enrichment, citizenship, careers education and guidance, and personal, health and social education.
For all students much of the learning is developed through employer-led cross-curricular projects enhanced by a range of activities which will make every project relevant to every learner. These include experiences in the workplace.
Teaching and learning is arranged over a 5 day week timetable. The day will begin at 8.30am and end at 4pm, with optional supervised private study until 5.15pm. Each day is divided into 7 periods of classes, with 4 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Sixth form students may have “free” periods where they can study and relax between classes.
A breakfast club is hosted between 8am-8.30am, with free cereal and toast available for all students and staff. Breaks are at 10:30am and 2:55pm, with lunch at 12:25pm. A variety of food is served at each break from the cafeteria with the menu changing each term.
The UTC operates a significantly longer school day and year than is normal. This enables the UTC to offer students a greater range of extended learning activities such as:
- Greenpower Challenge
- Young Enterprise
- Royal Navy UTC Challenge
- School Council, Dream Placement
- Rugby Training
- Revival Project
- Combined Cadet Force
- Duke of Edinburgh
- Extended Projects
- Triple Bar