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Studying at UTC Warrington in Year 12 is a little bit different from the regular post-16 experience. You can tailor your engineering, science or digital studies to fit around your interest, abilities and ambitions. You can also work towards A-levels that complement your studies.

UTCW offers some of the very best facilities for Science, Engineering and Technology in Warrington and the wider region. The skills that you will leave us with will ensure you secure a high quality higher or degree apprenticeship or a place on a leading university degree course.

In 2019, Ofsted graded the UTC Good in all areas. The inspectors were particularly impressed with the quality of teaching in the sixth form, the outcomes for students and the destinations they go into upon leaving the UTC.

  • The % of graduates securing a STEM apprenticeship is over five times the national average.
  • All who wanted to have gone to a leading UK university and 100% of those are studying STEM degrees.

Classes will be a 60/40 split between practical project work and classroom study. The applied learning approach to our qualifications ensures that your technical and academic knowledge, alongside solid practical skills, are relevant to real life projects and careers. We do this with the support of our network of employer partners who will ensure that you leave UTCW well connected with an exceptional awareness of how to succeed in your chosen field.

Specialist and expert teachers in every subject will bring their industry experience to the foreground and instil in you the passion and commitment they feel for their subjects. They will expertly lead you through the exam requirements, coursework assessments and support you in making the next step in your chosen career. At UTCW, we believe in achievement, excellence and kindness. Our aim is to ensure that you leave us as a fully-rounded individual with all the skills your future employers will be looking for.

“The quality of teaching in the sixth form is good. As in the rest of the college, teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects and are respected by students.” Ofsted, 2019.


“Students do particularly well in technical subjects. They show strong commitment to preparing themselves for their future careers or for higher education. The proportion leaving to take up higher apprenticeships is above the national average.” Ofsted, 2019.

Read our Ofsted Report

What will I study?

You can opt for a purely specialist vocational route in one of our four specialist areas:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing (Cyber)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

With one of these qualification, you can still earn UCAS points with a pass, merit or distinction – giving you the option to head off to University or take the skills into the workplace.

Click here to find out more about the UCAS points you can achieve from these qualifications.

The programme will allow students to demonstrate:

  • Initiative
  • Resilience
  • Organisation
  • Reflective learning
  • Team-working
  • Self-management
  • Effective participation
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

The combination pathway will allow you to mix one of our vocational qualifications with a suite of complementary A levels.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing (Cyber)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Current A level subject options:

  • A Level Mathematics
  • A Level Art & Architecture
  • A Level Physics
  • A Level Biology
  • A Level Chemistry

Our Level 2 pre-apprenticeship programme allows you to achieve a qualification in an area of STEM, alongside resitting GCSE English & Maths. Upon completing this programme, you will have access to Level 3 study or an apprenticeship.

Current Programme:

  • BTEC Level 2 Construction
  • Resit GCSE English and Maths

Enrichment is a valued part of the curriculum at UTC Warrington, as it is an opportunity for students to engage with each other and staff in an environment outside of the classroom. We have developed a varied enrichment programme designed to stretch and challenge our students and further develop their PiXL Edge skills – Leadership, Organisation, Communication, Initiative and Resilience.

The programme of activities available this year has been developed in conjunction with our student and staff team to ensure that the activities on offer meet the interests of the students we have in the college. Each year we will review the full enrichment programme to ensure that it offers a selection of options our current student base will enjoy and gain the most valuable skills and experiences.

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
  • National Citizen Service (NCS)
  • 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 and the experience our students will gain when working with our employer partners will be invaluable both in their studies and in the future when they apply for a place at university, on an apprenticeship or apply for a job. The experience gained working with small, medium and large organisations will help make our students stand out from the crowd.

Students will benefit from a vast range of opportunities including:

  • Talks/Lectures
  • Visits to Businesses and Events
  • Mentoring
  • Apprenticeship Workshops
  • Work Experience
  • Practical Master Classes
  • Project-Based Learning Days
  • Future Employment/Careers
  • Trips/Visits
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Real Life Site Visits

Specialist Qualifications


A Level 3 BTEC in Engineering will open the door to career opportunities in civil, mechanical, electronic and design sectors. The course provides students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the design, development and manufacture and maintenance of engineering products and system.

You can read more detailed information for each qualification in the Course Specification. 

Click here to read the UTCW Engineering subject summary.

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Engineering (Equivalent to three A Levels)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (Equivalent to two A Levels) + complimentary A Levels.

Civil Engineering

A Level 3 BTEC in Civil Engineering will focus on developing skills in design, analysis and evaluation across a range of Civil Engineering topics. Modern infrastructure such as buildings, roads and bridges have all been designed, built and maintained by civil engineering professionals. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for an exciting career in the Construction industry, such as building surveying, site management, and architecture.

For detailed course information, please read the course specification.

Click here to read the UTCW Civil Engineering subject summary.

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering (Equivalent to three A Levels)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Civil Engineering (Equivalent to two A Levels) + complimentary A Levels


A BTEC Level 3 in Computing is a stimulating and challenging programme of study that equips students with the confidence to progress successfully into further study or the world of work.

This qualification has been designed with input from professional partners who want learners to have knowledge and skills in computing, including programming, problem solving, and critical thinking. This BTEC will open up technical careers in IT such as programming and software development or computer engineering.

Course content includes: Principles of Computer Science; Fundamentals of Computer Systems; Computer Games Development; Website Development.

You can learn more about this qualification by reading the Course Specification.

Click here to read the UTCW Computing/Cyber subject summary.

As part of the cyber course, we are also offering a specialist Cyber Extended Project Qualification. Click here to find out more about this. 

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Computing (Equivalent to 3 A Levels)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computing (Equivalent to two A Levels) + complimentary A Levels


A Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science meets the needs of employers who are looking for well qualified and skilled people to work in the fields of Science, Technology, and Engineering. Students will benefit from acquiring technical and employability skills, alongside a greater confidence in the knowledge and understanding of core scientific principles.

This qualification is aimed at students who prefer to study our specialist science curriculum through assessments rather than exams. All three sciences – Biology, Physics, Chemistry – are taught but in a “real life” context.

Students will acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills, alongside a context-based approach to delivering the theory. Modules include Biomedial Science, Material Science, Forensic Science, and Astronomy.

Alongside our Higher Education partner, Manchester Metropolitan University, our students have access to leading facilities both at the UTC and on the university campus. There are opportunities for university visits and lectures, alongside exposure to scientific workplaces.

You can read more about the course by reading the Course Specification.

Click here to read the UTCW Applied Science subject summary.

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Equivalent to three A Levels)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science (Equivalent to two A Levels) + complimentary A Levels
“Leaders use industrial visits very effectively to enliven the curriculum and prepare students for life at work. These build on students’ existing knowledge and enhance their research and reporting skills.” Ofsted, 2019.
“Leaders ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will support them in their future studies or careers. The sixth-form curriculum is tightly focused on STEM subjects, in order to meet the needs of employers and students. Leaders ensure that the sixth-form curriculum is evolving to meet these needs.” Ofsted, 2019.
“Students in the sixth form appreciate their distinct, separate learning environment and more relaxed dress code, although most still choose to follow the college’s overall uniform policy. Sixth-form students look smart and professional.” Ofsted, 2019.
“Students engage well in their studies. They pay attention in class and behave respectfully towards their teachers and towards each other. Peer support is a common feature of sixth-form learning.” Ofsted, 2019.

How to apply

If this sounds like the right place to continue your studies and secure an excellent career in STEM, please complete our application form.

Once we’ve received your application, we will arrange for you to come into the UTC to meet with a member of the teaching team to discuss your study options and the GCSE grades you’ll need to achieve.