UTC Sheffield City Centre
Welcome to University Technical College (UTC Sheffield City Centre) Do you want to get ahead? A University Technical College offers a head start for high quality careers. We are a high-tech college for 13-19 year olds based on two campuses with fantastic facilities. In addition to key GCSEs and A Levels, we offer specialist study in Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing and Creative & Digital Media. These courses have been chosen because employers need technically skilled young people to take up jobs in their organisations. That could be you! The main difference about the UTC is that everything you learn - whether academic or technical - is connected to the world of work. You study in a way that relates to real-life careers. That also means preparing you for relevant apprenticeships and university courses. Like the world of work, the hours are 8:30am-4.30pm but you do all your learning including homework during that time so you still have time for your friends and family. The timetable is different from school – you are working on employer-led projects in teams in hi-tech labs and studios and going out on visits to employers. There is also opportunity for sports and outdoor pursuits, volunteering, arts, music and creative activities – whatever your interests may be.
The compact size of UTC Sheffield means that every student is individually known and encouraged, academically and pastorally. Personal tutors supervise and support each student as they move through the UTC. As a result, talents are recognised and nurtured. Every student has challenging individual targets and clear learning pathways. Achievement is tracked by stage, not age, so individuals can be fast-tracked where they excel in certain areas, or receive additional support on topics they find more challenging. Students are encouraged to develop self-motivated, independent approaches to their learning as part of a team.
What makes us different?
UTC Sheffield City Centre offers a new approach to learning developed with employers. Our purpose-built £9.9 million building opened in September 2013, we are located in the heart of Sheffield’s creative and digital industries sector, close to Sheffield Hallam University’s Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science. Our campus offers students a modern, high-tech environment with outstanding industry facilities. A key feature of UTCs is a high level of employer and university engagement providing students with real-life problem-solving challenges. Both of Sheffield’s top-quality universities and over 50 top employers – including world-famous companies such as Rolls-Royce and Siemens – are directly involved in the curriculum. We offer specialist study in Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing and Creative & Digital Media alongside core subjects including English, Maths and Science. Students achieve a full range of GCSEs or A-Levels but in addition they have the special advantage of working with top employers on real projects. Students feel as though they are working in a business environment. The academic year is divided into six half-terms, adding up to 40 weeks. The day starts at 8.30am and ends at 4.30pm, to provide a greater range of learning opportunities. Please note, submissions to UTC Sheffield City Centre for Year 12 places must be received by 31 January.
In this exciting, employment-driven environment qualifications are vitally important. Every element of the student experience is related to a relevant qualification. At 16 we would expect students to achieve a good set of GCSEs, including Maths and English and Sciences, as well as industry-recognised technical qualifications along with business and computing qualifications relevant to employment. At 18 or 19 most students will gain two or more A-Levels, again accompanied by a valuable industry-recognised combination of technical and other relevant work-related qualifications.