Studying in Year 10 and Year 11 at UTC Warrington is different from a traditional secondary school. Learning is related to the world of work so that students can better understand the relevance of what they are learning.

At Key Stage, 4 our students study a combination of core GCSE subjects – English Literature & Language, Maths, Science (Combined) or Separate Sciences (Triple Award), with PHSE and PE – alongside optional GCSE and technical qualifications for specialist pathways in:

  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare

This unique combination of studies equips students for further study, apprenticeships and employment in the areas they are interested in.

The curriculum at the UTC is supported by a wide-ranging personal development programme and extensive work with employers.

Pupils are motivated by the curriculum and how learning is organised. The college is effective in helping them to understand what attitudes they need to be successful in their learning.” Ofsted, 2019.

Specialist Curriculum

Students in Year 10 and Year 11 with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) can study an exciting specialist pathway alongside core GCSE subjects:

  • Engineering with elements of Engineering Design, Engineering Manufacture and Geography
  • Construction with Geography and Architecture
  • Digital including Computer Science and Creative iMedia
  • Healthcare focused on Health and Social Care
Our Partnerships

We work with our employer partners to understand what knowledge and skills they require for their future workforce, and with our university partner to understand what higher education providers are looking for. This helps to determine our choice of academic, technical and professional qualifications so that we can provide our students with the best possible opportunities.

Professional Development

Through our enrichment programme, all students have the chance to develop themselves personally and professionally. Our activities that form an integral part of the UTC experience demand leadership, initiative and resilience. They teach our students how to work in a team and approach any challenge with self-confidence.

Our Subjects


At UTC Warrington, students enjoy a rich combination of core and specialist subjects combined with extensive enrichment and employability programmes:

Compulsory core GCSE subjects include:

Alongside core GCSEs, students study qualifications for specialist pathways according to their interests:

These courses are led by industry demand and provide students with a broad skill set and knowledge base that our employer partners have requested.

Through our enrichment programme, all students have the chance to develop themselves both personally and professionally. Our activities, which form an integral part of the UTC experience, demand leadership, initiative and resilience. They teach our students how to work in a team and approach any challenge with self-confidence.

Each year we review the programme to ensure that it offers a selection of options our current student base will enjoy as well as gain from. Sample activities include:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
  • Sports Coaching
  • Royal Navy Engineering Challenge
  • Green Kart Racing
  • Programming and Coding
  • Young Enterprise
  • The Baker Technical Award
  • STEM Ambassadors 
  • Reading and Book Club
  • Boxing
  • Table Tennis
  • Engineering Skills

Employer engagement is an essential part of life at UTC Warrington. The experience our students gain when working with our employer partners is invaluable both in their studies and in the future when they apply for a place at university, for an apprenticeship or for a job.

Employer engagement activities include:

  • Trips and visits
  • Employer-led projects
  • Business mentoring days when groups of employers visit the UTC
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Briefings on apprenticeship opportunities
  • Work placements

Employer partners work alongside teachers to set students real life projects. Technical projects are designed to deepen and enrich learning from across the curriculum whilst building crucial professional skills and characteristics.

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