Teaching students technical and scientific subjects in a new way, will educate the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

University Technical Colleges (UTC's) are smaller than traditional secondary schools at around 600 students. They are not academically selective and charge no fees.

UTCs work with a university and local employers so that their students benefit from access to:

  • the latest research, industry experts and specialist facilities
  • real-life employer projects that stretch their technical skills and creative thinking
  • teaching and mentoring from specialists who currently work in an industry

UTCs integrate technical, practical and academic learning and create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities that industry needs. The workforce of the future will develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources and address the skills gap for employers in sectors such as manufacturing, wind farms, rail links or hi-tech hospitals.

A University Technical College does this by:

  • Focusing on one or two technical specialisms from sectors where there are skills shortages such as engineering, manufacturing, health sciences, product design, digital technologies and built environment
  • Working with employers and a local university to develop and deliver their curriculum
  • Providing essential academic education and relating this to the technical specialisms
  • Using the latest equipment and technology used by industry
  • Dedicating at least 40% of study time to the technical specialism including aspects such as designing and building, working in teams and problem-solving.

UTCs in the North East


UTC South Durham
Website: http://www.utcsouthdurham.org/
Phone: 0191 515 3185
Specialism: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
Location: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

UTC South Durham specialises in advanced manufacturing and engineering, sectors that are vital to the future of the North East offering opportunities for highly skilled young people. It is situated on Aycliffe Business Park where over 10,000 people travel to work every day. The location deliberately reflects the UTC’s specialism alongside some of the most advanced manufacturing and engineering facilities in the country which enables students to access fantastic real-world experiences.

The University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent are the founding members of UTC South Durham. They are committed to offering fast-track routes to students who are successful at the UTC including:

  • enhanced offers for UTC students who go on to study at the University
  • guaranteed interviews with Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent where suitable positions are available
  • apprenticeship places at Gestamp Tallent exclusively for UTC students

North East Futures University Technical College - OPENING 2018
Website: https://www.nefuturesutc.co.uk/
Phone: 0191 917 9888
Specialism: Information Technology, Healthcare Science
Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Hoults Yard, Walker Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2HL

Date of opening: 2018
The Information Technology and Healthcare Science sectors in the North East are successful, continually growing and becoming increasingly prominent within the region. To sustain this growth it is vitally important that we increase the pool of young people ready to join both sectors.

The North East Futures UTC will provide young people with a curriculum designed by employers from both the Information Technology and Healthcare Science sectors. The unique partnership behind our UTC will provide a rich range of work-related and technical experience, including placements in real work contexts, projects and mentoring provision.

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