Why study with us?


We're a school and just like other schools we'll be inspected by Ofsted, employ qualified teachers and offer GCSEs and A-levels. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for students to focus on developing their technical knowledge and skills and to work directly with employers. You'll have contact with top professionals who operate at the forefront of technology and teachers with strong industrial experience.

Fast track to exciting careers

Our three founding members, the University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent, are offering fast track routes to students who are successful at the UTC. A recent survey of UTCs showed that 70% of UTC students felt that their prospects were better than if they stayed in a mainstream school.

State-of-the-art facilities

We've invested in a purpose-built high tech building with state-of-the-art kit. This means that you'll experience the latest industry-standard facilities and technology to support your learning. You'll gain relevant, up-to-date skills which mirror practice in the workplace.

Industry links

We have close links not only with Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent but with a wide range of other employers ranging from small, local enterprises to multi-national corporations. You'll visit employers, take part in projects and undertake placements. Employers will get to know you and you'll find out what it's like to work with them.

A different routine

Small class sizes at the UTC will mean that we can be more focused on your individual needs and we can provide a flexible learning environment. The UTC day is longer than most schools. This means that you'll get used to working life and you'll be able to study independently whilst at the UTC and not take homework home.

The personal touch

We're a small school so will know our students well and will treat them as individuals. Our leadership team meets all students and their families individually so that we can get to know you and understand your needs. With our strong focus on preparing young people for their future, careers guidance will be central to your development. Whether you arrive with a specific job in mind or prefer to keep your options open, we'll help you select the right learning options, provide support and mentoring and review your progress regularly.