What is a UTC

University Technical Colleges are a new breed of technical school. They are set up by employers and universities to provide a different kind of education from mainstream schools and Sixth Forms. UTCs are state-funded technical schools that give students the skills they need to be ready for a wide range of careers.

Studying at a UTC provides young people with the opportunity to gain both an academic and technical education in an exciting and inspiring learning environment. UTC students work closely with employers to enable them to be qualified to work in sectors that are growing and looking for skilled staff. UTCs are smaller than traditional secondary schools, charge no fees and are not academically selective.

UTCs have an excellent track record for destinations; setting students up for great careers and making sure that they have a meaningful next step in education, training or employment.

The network of UTCs spans the whole country and is co-ordinated by the Baker Dearing Trust (Link to BDT website).  We collaborate closely with other UTCs and regularly take part in competitions and activities with them.  Other North East UTCs are established in Leeds, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Hull and Sheffield.  In September 2018, Newcastle Futures UTC opened in central Newcastle specialising in Digital and Life Sciences.

UTCs are headed up by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust. Baker Dearing Educational Trust sits at the centre of the UTC network and focuses on promoting and supporting new and existing UTCs. For more information please see here.