Curriculum

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 your projects and placements.

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

We meet all applicants 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.

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Science

At UTC South Durham, we offer A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We also offer a Level 3 qualification in Applied Science.

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Mathematics

In Years 12 and 13, students can choose to study Mathematics A-Level, or Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

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Engineering

Engineering is our specialism at UTC South Durham, and we offer a number of courses for post-16 students, including BTEC Engineering, and Te ...

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Sport (Tech Level)

Sports Tech Level is delivered in a way that makes it relevant to real world experiences, and students develop and learn new practical skill ...

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Business Studies (BTEC Level 3)

Business BTEC at UTC South Durham focuses on preparing students for the modern business world. The course is made relevant though case studi ...

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Product Design (A-Level)

Every product made by humans has been designed and manufactured. Product designers have a responsibility to design useful products which wor ...

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Geography (A-Level)

Geography A-Level is perfect for students who are fascinated by the world that we live in. You will gain a deeper understanding of contempor ...

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Computer Science (A-Level)

Computer Science at UTC South Durham focuses on preparing our students for the modern digital world and workplace.

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IT (BTEC Level 3)

Developing information and communication technology skills is increasingly important in our connected world. The BTEC IT course aims to give ...

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The EPQ is the equivalent of half an A-level and is a qualification we support our students to complete in addition to their other subject s ...

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Engineering Technician Programme (Level 2)

Information on the Level 2 Engineering Technician Programme at UTC South Durham.