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.

In 2019, Ofsted graded the UTC Good in all areas. The inspectors were particularly impressed with the quality of teaching across the college, the positive attitudes of our 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.

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. Learning extends beyond the classroom and the exam board. Our real-life projects, high quality work placements and specialist business engagement will prepare you for a future career in industry by honing the skills that employers want to see.

Partner organisations work with UTC Warrington to deliver specialist masterclasses, CV & interview skills, and a range of project-based tasks. Students will select their preferred pathway and be supported by industry specialists during their studies.

“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.

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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

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 UTCW, we offer Key Stage 4 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.

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.

Student Support

At UTCW, all students will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) who will be the first point of contact each day. Our daily tutor sessions takes place between 8:30am and 8:50am, where students will learn about modern issues, current affairs and a weekly employability session to track progress around career-readiness.

MONITORING PROGRESS

In supporting our students on their journey to the best grades, our teachers will continuously monitor each student’s progress. Progress grades will be assessed and shared with students and parents throughout the year in termly reports. Students’ individual programme of study will be amended on the basis of these reports and additional support provided where necessary.

We will also invite parents and carers to meet with subject teachers in regular parents evenings throughout the year. A key part of the UTCW success is transparent communication and support between the college, its students, and parents/carers.