Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4 you'll follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and Engineering. Our focus is delivered through high quality Engineering courses and ehanced by other option subjects such as Geography, Computer Science, Product Design and Business.

You'll also have time dedicated to personal, social, health and economic education, Religious Studies, fundamental British values, study support, special educational needs support, careers guidance and interview and application support.

All students are involved in the UTC Enrichment Programme offering experiences beyond the formal curriculum including: challenge competitions (eg GreenPower, Bloodhound), robotics, STEM clubs, fitness, sports teams and leadership, Duke of Edinburgh, literacy, numeracy and ICT.

We'll meet all families before the start of the school year and gather information from your previous school so that we can guide you to the right combination of subjects.‌


Years 10 and 11 curriculum

Core subjects

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All students will study our core subjects to ensure that they have a broad and balanced curriculum. All GCSE subjects are being reformed for all schools over the next few years and grades will be awarded of 9 - 1 and based on exams at the end of Year 11. We'll explain this change in detail to students and parents.


Literacy skills and an understanding of the English language forms the basis of all communication. In preparing for the world of work, students must be able to read and write fluently and speak clearly. Students will study English Language GCSE and probably English Literature GCSE. Your skills will be made relevant to the engineering and manufacturing world through report writing and presentations on a regular basis. We'll offer extra support for students who struggle with literacy or aspects of the English curriculum.


Numeracy skills and mathematical methods are the bedrock of engineering and manufacturing. Students must be fluent and confident in their maths skills as they progress through the UTC and into future courses or employment. The relevance of maths will be brought to life through projects, visits from employers to the UTC and placements in businesses. We'll offer extra support for students who struggle with aspects of the Maths curriculum.


The principles of science, particularly Physics, underpin engineering and advanced manufacturing. Our students need to know how a robot works not just what robots can do and for that they'll need Physics. Our links with businesses at the cutting edge of the application of sciences will show you why Physics is so important.


Many high tech companies use complex chemistry to manufacture innovative materials and products. Employers need highly skilled chemical and process engineers and operatives. Manufacturing operations can be fine-tuned and made more efficient and environmentally-efficient products can be developed through a detailed understanding of chemistry. Practical projects and experiments will enhance the core curriculum.

Combined Science

Combined Science takes all three science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and awards two GCSE grades. New courses are being developed for first teaching from September 2016 and will be designed to provide access for A-levels. We'll review these qualifications as they may be more suitable for some of our students than separate science subjects.

Physical Education

PE is a non-examined subject which is a core entitlement for all students at Key Stage 4. We'll make extensive use of our sports hall and MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) as well as the other areas outside the UTC. We'll also work closely with a local school and leisure facility providers to access further facilities. Our PE curriculum will be an innovative mix of games and fitness activities. This will be supported by enrichment activities which will be defined by student needs.


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All students study Engineering through the double award OCR Cambridge National qualification. This is a focused technical qualification, recognised by industry and complementing the core academic qualifications.

You'll learn core skills covering health and safety, interpreting engineering information and practical engineering operations. Optional units will be chosen by our employer partners to reflect the needs of their future workforce but are likely to include engineering design, product manufacture, computer aided design and manufacture and electronics/electrical engineering.

The formal courses will be delivered through practical application, building your skills from using entry level equipment to industry standard machinery. Business-led design and make projects will cement those skills and ensure that you grow in confidence.

Both qualifications will be assessed using internal controlled assessments (portfolio of evidence) and external assessment at the end of Year 11 (exams).

Option subjects

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Option GCSE qualifications support the core academic curriculum and Engineering courses. You'll choose from a range of option subjects, all of which support the focus of our specialism in advanced manufacturing and engineering. These subjects are made relevant through project work and real workplace application.

The courses are full GCSEs and assessed mostly through exams at the end of Year 11. Many of the GCSEs are undergoing significant reform in the next few years.  

Option subjects include:


Employees of the future will need to have a strong understanding of populations and demographics, markets and regions, economic development and globalisation in order to help their businesses thrive. Geography will be taught through theoretical sessions and woven into projects. You'll also learn about energy resources, sustainability and climate change. Geography is one of the subjects which qualifies for the EBacc.

Computer Science

Computers dominate the world of work, as well as having signifant influence over our home lives. Engineers and manufacturers use computers constantly for design and manufacture. Computer Science is about understanding the fundamental mathematical and scientific building blocks of computers as well as the structural architecture. You'll learn to programme in a number of languages.

Product Design

Every product made by humans has been designed and manufactured. Product designers have a responsibility to design useful products which work well and are efficient and environmentally friendly. Understanding the design process and being able to communicate ideas are important skills for engineers and manufacturers. "It's about turning great ideas into things which are really useful for people." Year 9 student. This course is changing but there are likely to be options of either a graphics pathway or 3D design pathway.


Company leaders recognise that all their employees need to undertand how the business works and the impact that their work has on efficiency and profitability. You'll learn about how businesses are structured, how the finances work and the wide range of functions and careers in companies. Case studies and projects will bring your learning about business to life.

Business focus

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A wide range of businesses are keen to support out students because they know they're developing their future employees. Our students experience a wide range of industrial sectors and companies from small, local enterprises up to multi-national companies. This will support students in making career decisions which are right for them.

Links with businesses will include:


A range of visits to companies to see engineering and advanced manufacturing in operation.


Business-led projects in the UTC built into the structure of lessons following specific themes and reaching across a range of subjects making them relevant to the real world.


Extra-curricular challenges which might be designed by us or be part of national competitions such as F1 in Schools, GreenPower, Landrover 4x4 challenges, Duke of York Technical Awards.


Meaningful placements in order to spend more time with a business and study in detail how it operates, whilst building confidence in the workplace. You'll understand the skills needed to be successful at work and will receive feedback from employers so that you understand your strengths and know what you need to improve. Businesses will help you get started in your career by building a relationship with you as an individual. This may take the form of advice, mentoring or sponsorship.

Project work

Project work is an important part of studying at the UTC and our industry and university supporters will set emplyer projects and challenges. You'll experience at first hand industry standards and expectations and build your skills and experiene in real-world work situations. Typically, this will involve working in a team and across a range of subjects. It might include calculations in Maths, understanding scientific principles in Physics, detailed design in Engineering, writing reports in English lessons and planning your company in Business lessons. You'll understand how businesses are structured and your team planning and presentation skills will be enhanced with company meetings and presentations in the Boardroom.

Enrichment programme

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Enrichment activities are extremely important at the UTC in order to develop broader workplace and life skills. These activities are delivered mostly during the school day - at lunchtimes and during the last hour of the day. We use a combination of student-led groups, outside experts and staff to run them and they span across year groups where appropriate.

Examples of activities include:

Literacy and numeracy support

If you're struggling with some aspects of English and Maths. we provide extra support to boost your skills and confidence.

ICT skills

Being confident with ICT is very important when you join the working world. This is a chance to improve your skills and qualify for the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) which is recognised by employers as a valuable skill benchmark.

Engineering challenge competitions

We enter teams for a range of engineering challenge competitions like GreenPower and Bloodhound challenge. You'll develop design and planning skills when taking part in the team challenges and test yourselves against other schools and UTCs. 

Sports, teams and leadership skills

We work with students to set up teams and extra-curricular activities of interest where there is demand. This may include access to Sports Leaders awards or GCSE PE or niche sports such as martial arts and climbing.

Duke of Edinburgh/outward bound

The skills developed in outdoor activities can be very valuable throughout life. Working in a team, problem solving and growing in confidence are all part of both home and work life. If there's demand from students, then these may be linked to the Duke of Edinburgh or outward bound activities. These activities are outside the normal UTC day.