Would you like to join us in Year 10 next September?  

Studying in Key Stage 4 at UTCW is a little different from a traditional secondary school. Most students are ready to be given more responsibility and to be treated like an adult. Students will learn in a unique environment and develop partnerships with local and national businesses. 

Throughout their time at UTCW, students will build knowledge and contextualise their learning through our network of employer partners. This is done through work experience opportunities, guest lectures, and employability embedded throughout the UTC. 

UTCW offers some of the very best facilities for Science, Engineering and Technology in Warrington and the wider region, because we believe that our young people deserve the chance to excel in STEM subjects by accessing the very best equipment available. 

Students will be working towards gaining core GCSEs as well as the opportunity to take specialist qualifications which are shaped by industry demand.

Specialist Curriculum

Our curriculum offers every student the opportunity to study core academic subjects, alongside specialisms in Engineeirng, Civil Engineering and Cyber. We don’t offer all the subjects you might find in your local secondary school. Instead, we provide a complimentary set of pathways that equip our students for further study and employment in their chosen field.

Our Partnerships

Our students have access to local and national businesses that specialise in Science, Engineering and Computing. Along with support and engagement from Manchester Metropolitan University, UTCW students will have a unique opportunity to access a whole range of exciting and inspiring learning experiences outside the classroom.

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.

“The curriculum is very well matched to the particular focus of the college. Pupils in both key stage 4 and the sixth form are offered clear sets of subjects that relate to different STEM areas. Pupils are well prepared for apprenticeships, further and higher education, and longer-term careers in STEM employment. This means that they are ready to contribute to industry that is important in the local area and nationally.” Ofsted, 2019.

 

“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.

Read our Ofsted Report

Our Subjects

At UTCW, we offer Year 10 & 11 students a highly technical curriculum that focuses on equipping students with a combination of core academic GCSEs and specialist STEM subjects that maximise their progression to Key Stage 5 study and apprenticeships.

Each subject combination has been designed with industry-leading employers who are seeking their future talent to be skilled and knowledgeable in specialist areas.

Students at UTC Warrington will study towards achieving their GCSEs. These are the compulsory subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Core PE
  • SMSC / PSHE

Alongside core GCSEs, students will be studying towards specialist STEM qualifications. They include:

  • BTEC Engineering
  • BTEC Construction & Built Environment
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • Art & Architecture
  • ICT

These courses are led by industry demand and provide students with a broad skill set and knowledge base that our employer partners have requested. You can read more about these subjects below.

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)
  • 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

Engineering

This course provides students with a broad insight into the engineering sector, with technical knowledge and practical skills across areas of engineering such as mechanical, electrical, design and manufacturing. This course includes units such as ‘The Engineered World’ to discover and experience a wide range of processes for product design and manufacturing. Key Stage 4 learners will benefit from industry-standard facilities to complete practical work which compliment this qualification, alongside applied context from our employer partners.

Construction & Built Environment

This course provides students with a realistic understanding of construction and civil engineering processes. Students will gain a great understanding of the world-of-work through the application of theoretical knowledge, alongside a range of practical experience. Students will benefit from strong connections in the civil engineering industry and their skills in architecture and design will ensure that learners can confidently progress into further study, training or employment.

Computer Science

This qualification looks behind the everyday computer systems and the engineering and productive capacities of computers. Topics covered include programming, software development and the fundamentals of computer networks. Computer scientists design new software, solve computing problems and develop new ways to use technology. Students will be able to identify the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy and cyber security.

Geography

Geography is an exciting course that allows students to investigate the link between physical and human geography, including the battles between the man-made and natural worlds. Students will learn about the challenges of living in the built environment such as housing, services and inequalities. This qualification also covers development and sustainable environments and how patterns have been influenced by globalisation and technological change.

Art & Architecture

This course allows students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of how Art and Design is utilised within a creative and visual world. All units are underpinned by an interest in engineering, architecture and the built environment. Students will use their creativity to study habitats and environments with a focus on architecture processes to aid their own design and structure.

ICT

This course provides opportunities to learners to develop a range of skills and techniques that are suitable for employment in the IT sector or to progress to Level 3 studies. Topics covered in this qualification include multimedia products development, website development, functions of databases, and mobile apps. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.