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Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

We ensure that our Sixth Form students are prepared for their future career in STEM. To do this, we provide an engaging and interesting education which is delivered through a variety of learning experiences. This is to ensure that our students can learn in a variety of ways as we understand that everyone is different. We have extra activates which are all designed to give our students experience of work. 

An example of ways we help develop our students is our core projects, where our students work closely with local employers to solve real world problems.  This aspect of UTCN allows our students to be equipped with vital skills for STEM careers and also real experiences of work. A second example is that in July 2018 it will be compulsory for our students to have two weeks work experience. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to apply their classroom based knowledge to the real working world.

Ofsted Inspectors say that “Engineering and mathematics are strengths of the school”, which is reflected in “above average results” in engineering: more than half of sixth form students achieved distinctions in engineering last year, and “almost a third of pupils attained the very highest grades for mathematics”.

Please see the table below to see our entry criteria for Sixth Form.

We offer the following 3 core programmes. Each programme is of two years’ duration commencing in September 2018 and running over four taught days per week.

Programme Entry Criteria Number of Places
A Level Plus

Minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 5 or above inc English and Mathematics (Grade 6 in the subjects you wish to study)

Tech Bacc: Engineering

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades 4-9 inc English and Mathematics

Tech Bacc: Computing

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grades 4-9 inc English and Mathematics



In addition to the core programmes, all students participate in:

  • · Core Projects: projects working closely with local employers to solve real world problems
  • · Private Study
  • · Two weeks’ Work Experience in July 2019
  • · Day 5 - where students find paid or unpaid work

Private Study

Private Study is essential to consolidate the ideas covered in lessons. It is expected that students will need to spend around 5 hours per week studying privately per subject.

If you would like further information about our curriculum, please click on the link to our prospectus below. For specific queries please contact Mrs Hill-Smith, Assistant Principal.