Students

Years 12 and 13

Post-16 you'll follow one of two pathways, both involving a strong core of academic and technical subjects. These can lead to university, apprenticeships, further study and direct employment. You'll develop employability skills and confidence in real-world work situations through our project and placements.

You'll develop independent study skills and teamwork through flexible study time and challenge projects. 

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 12 and 13 curriculum

Level 3 Pathway Academic and Vocational Focus

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This pathway is focused on academic and vocational achievement and is designed for students who have done well in their GCSE exams. You'll study full A-levels and an Engineering course to provide an understanding of practical application. You'll undertake the Duke of York Technical Award. Available only to UTCs, this is an acknowledgement of academic achievement and industrial experience at gold level.

Mathematics

A-level Maths forms the bedrock of all sectors 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. Some students may also study Further Maths.

Engineering

All students study Engineering, either the single or double award BTEC Level 3 or the double award OCR Cambridge Technical qualification. These are focused qualifications, recognised by industry and complementing 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 up to using industry standard machinery. Business-led design and make projects will cement those skills and ensure that students grow in confidence. Both qualifications will be assessed using internal controlled assessments (portfolio of evidence) and externally assessment at the end of Year 13 (exams).

Option subjects include:

Physics

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.

Chemistry

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.

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. This course is changing but there are likely to be options of either a graphics pathway or 3D design pathway.

Business

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.

Progression

Many of our students following Pathway 1 will go on to study at University while some may choose to take on a Higher Level Apprenticeship. We'll support you in your choice through high quality advice and guidance on applying to universities. Successful students will benefit from enhanced offers at the University of Sunderland whilst we'll also encourage applications to other top universities both regionally and nationally.

Entry requirements

All applicants for Level 3 Pathway, whether transferring internally or applying from outside, will normally need to meet a minimum entry requirement of five GCSE passes at A*-C, including English and Maths.

Level 2 Pathway Pre-Apprenticeship Programme

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This is a one year programme of study and is focused on vocational achievement. It is designed for students who may have struggled in their GCSE exams but are focused on a career in industry. You'll study a double Engineering qualification supported by GCSE options. Students are likely to be re-sitting English and/or Maths at GCSE if they have not achieved a C grade. You'll undertake the Duke of York Technical Award. Available only to UTCs, this is an acknowledgement of academic achievement and industrial experience at bronze or silver level.

English GCSE re-sit

For those students who did not achieve a C grade in Year 11. 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 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.

Mathematics GCSE re-sit

For those students who did not achieve a C grade in Year 11. 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 of 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.

Engineering

All students study Engineering, either the single or double award BTEC Level 2 or the double award OCR Cambridge National qualification. These are focused qualifications, recognised by industry and complementing 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 students grow in confidence. Both qualifications will be assessed using internal controlled assessments (portfolio of evidence) and externally assessment at the end of Year 13 (exams).

Additional subjects include:

Design and Technology

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. This course is changing but there are likely to be options of either a graphics pathway or 3D design pathway.

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.

Business

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.

Industry standard qualifications

You'll be able to study a range of additional courses which are recognised by businesses as being useful starting points for employment, for example Health and Safety, use of ICT and engineering operations.

Progression

Students will be setting themselves up well for Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeships.

Entry requirements

All applicants for Level 2 Pathway will normally need to meet a minimum entry requirement of five GCSE passes at A*-E, or equivalent including English and Maths. We do not expect students to transfer internally onto Pathway 3.

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. Thsi will support students in making career decisions which are right for them.

Links with businesses include:

Visits

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

Projects

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.

Challenges

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.

Placements

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'll 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'll 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'll 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 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 will be outside the normal UTC day.