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What is a University Technical College?

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What are University Technical Colleges?

University technical Colleges are schools for 14-19 year olds which offer a specialist and innovative education that combines technical, practical and academic learning.

The UTC curriculum includes one or two technical specialists which are linked to the skills gap in its region well as teaching the traditional study of the core key academic subjects. They are equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by a university and offer clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work.

The UTC ethos and curriculum is heavily supported by local and national STEM employers who also provide work experience for students to reinforce the skills learnt in school. By integrating three types of learning – technical, practical and academic – UTCs create an environment where all students can find their strengths and specialise in subjects that interest and engage them.

There are currently 48 open UTCs across England with a further 20 in development. 

University Technical College Norfolk (UTCN)

UTCN specialises in advanced engineering and energy skills, but will provide a varied educational foundation for any student who has an interest in engineering, science, maths or computing areas.

As part of their study, students participate in projects with the UTCN’s employer partners in real working environments, where they can apply their technical skills and creative thinking.

Providing specialist facilities and expertise, UTCN also benefits from support from employers, including; Lotus, Future Marine Services and Gardline, KLM UK Engineering, the University of East Anglia and Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN Group).

We offer our students the best start to build skills for their future careers in STEM due to the combination of significant employers, a highly respected university and a federation of educational institutions offers UTCN students the best start to progress into post-16 education, apprenticeships, university and employment. Students will find everything from the timetable to the £10m purpose-built learning environment has been designed around the UTCN ethos of employment. The school is technologically enabled with £1.3m specialist engineering and scientific equipment to provide many fantastic and unique learning experiences for students. All students also take part in extracurricular activities linked to the technical specialists, or in other areas such as sport, art or drama giving students a well-rounded and engaging education.