About us

What is a UTC?

UTC South Durham opened in September 2016 and is the first University Technical College in the North East. UTCs are state-funded technical schools that give students the skills they need to innovate and invent.

Studying at a UTC provides young people with the opportunity to gain both an academic and technical education in an exciting and inspiring learning environment. UTC students work closely with employers to enable them to be qualified to work in sectors that are growing and looking for skilled staff. UTCs are smaller than traditional secondary schools, charge no fees and are not academically selective.

At UTC South Durham we specialise in advanced manufacturing and engineering, sectors that are vital to the future of the region, offering opportunities for highly skilled young people. We offer an outstanding education for 14-19 year olds and provide an excellent preparation for entry into employment in these sectors, either directly or via higher education.

We are a school with a very strong focus.


We formally consulted on our plans to open a University Technical College on Aycliffe Business Park, South Durham in September 2016.

The consultation period took place for seven weeks from 12 January to 27 February 2015.  Feedback was analysed and presented to the Department for Education and used as evidence on which it based its decision to enter into a funding agreement with the UTC South Durham Trust.

The consultation report is available to download below.