About UTC South Durham

A very warm welcome to University Technical College South Durham, a state-funded, purpose-built Sixth Form and school for 14-19 year olds. Students can join UTC in Year 10 or Sixth Form.

We opened in September 2016 and our first Ofsted inspection was in January 2019, where we achieved ‘Good’ judgments across all categories, including our Post-16 provision. A ‘Good’ judgement is rare for new educational establishments, and shows the strength of the core education that underpins the UTC.

We specialise in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), with a focus on engineering and advanced manufacturing. We exist to help our students prepare for the world of work, providing them with an excellent academic and technical education alongside developing their professional skills.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE English, Maths and Science results are good.  For 2022 results: In English, students on average achieve 1/3 of a grade higher than they would be expected to from their starting points at the UTC.  In Maths and Science they achieve over 1/2 a grade better.

In Sixth Form, students study one of two pathways: a two year Level 3 route of three or four A-levels and equivalent qualifications, or a one or two year pre-apprenticeship route of practical engineering skills. We meet with all applicants individually before enrolment to design a programme which meets their needs and career aspirations.

As laid out in the Student Leaver Profile, there are three clear strands to our student experience:

  • STEM focused academic qualifications
  • Specialist technical skills and knowledge
  • Professional learning: all students undertake a comprehensive programme of visits and placements in companies, including two weeks work experience, in addition to industry-led projects in the UTC and other career-focused enrichment

This approach to education is proving successful, with employers and parents stating that UTC students have strong workplace skills and a confidence that sets them up for future careers. Employers describe students as ‘confident’, ‘capable’ and ‘very employable’. In the feedback to Ofsted inspectors, 94% of parents said they would recommend the UTC to other parents, 98% said that their child is happy, and 100% said that their child is well looked after at the UTC.

We would be delighted to welcome you to UTC. Please visit us to meet our students and staff, and to see our impressive facilities for yourself.

Tom Dower, Principal

6th Form Student

Ethos and Values: Student Leaver Profile

Core Skills

The SLP has been developed by the UTC community. It was created by a network of industry partners, students, parents, community leaders, staff and Trustees.

The focus for our education is to ensure that our students are career and life ready. The SLP describes the skills, knowledge and experiences which our students leave the UTC with and therefore is a clear statement of our curriculum intent.

This focus ensures that our students are ready for their careers and it cements our commitment to a balanced education which goes well beyond that delivered by most schools. It drives everything we do for our students.

Students undertake a range of academic and technical qualifications which give them the knowledge for the next stage of their career. They work on their core skills so that they are ready for work, highly employable and increasing in confidence. And they undertake a range of activities which give them first-hand experience of the workplace and variety of options so that they can make meaningful choices for their career direction.


Download Our Year 10 Prospectus here

Download our Sixth Form Prospectus here