UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
University Technical College (UTC) Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, part of the UTC Sheffield Academy Trust, is a school for 13 to 19 year olds, specialising in Health Science & Social Care, Sport Science and IT/Computing. Students can start with us in Y9 or Y12 to study a combination of GCSEs/A Levels and a technical specialism (OCR Cambridge Nationals and Technicals). We are located on the Olympic Legacy Park, which is part of an internationally recognised Innovation District for health and wellbeing research and learning. The Olympic Legacy Park hosts not only Sheffield’s second UTC, but also a professional standard rugby pitch and the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), which is one of most advanced research and development centre for physical activity and health in the world.
The UTC has capacity for 600 students; our class sizes are smaller than average, allowing staff to spend more time with the students. At UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park we offer a dynamic, career-focused and supportive learning environment, working in partnership with a wide range of local health, sport and computing employers. Our state-of-the-art building is equipped with high quality, industry-standard facilities a health and development suite including a flexible ward set up, a facility for an operational ambulance, a robotics lab, a fitness suite and much more.
Student Support At UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
We work hard to provide appropriate support to all students. If a student has a specific educational need we will try our best to ensure learning is supported. If you wish to discuss learning support please get in touch to make a personal appointment. You can either contact us by email: email@example.com or by phone: 0114 260 3940
Equality and inclusion
At UTC Sheffield, we pledge to respect and value every learner as an individual, irrespective of race, gender or need and to enable every learner to participate fully in all aspects of UTC life. Where it is needed, we will adapt our environment and equipment as well as seeking specialist external advice.
What makes us different?
Our vision at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy park that of our students leave us to positive destinations including higher and degree apprenticeships as well as competitive university places, equipped with the skills to excel. We aim to be the main talent pipeline for the next generation of technicians, engineers, designers, healthcare, well-being and exercise professionals and innovators. The curriculum at the UTC has been designed in collaboration with industry, healthcare providers, universities and professional elite sport organisations. The curriculum is both broad and balanced whilst being focused on the needs of our specialist sectors. It holds the students at its heart.
Traditional schools have often focused solely on academic attainment which does not always align with what employers and the industry needs. Our aim is to be an outstanding provider of both academic and technical education so that our students can achieve fantastic destinations within the industries and specialisms that we support: Health Science and Social Care, Computing and Sport Science. To help us achieve this aim, we have very strong backing from our employer partners including the NHS, Professional sports bodies, Razor and Sumo Digital. We also benefit from the support of our higher education partner, Sheffield Hallam University, and our other key sponsors, Sheffield College and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
We provide a blend of academic and technical learning, with balance appropriate to each Key Stage. The curriculum builds the vital employability skills, personal values and professional behaviours required for rapid progression into the target technical sectors. Students’ learning is enriched and stretched by regular exposure to the work with employers and universities. The overall quality of education in a UTC is shown by the ambitious progression and destinations secured by its leavers
UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park Student, Holly Akers, is excited for the next chapter in her studies within the Healthcare Sector.
Why did you decide to join the UTC?
I joined in Y10 because I was interested in learning technical skills, as no other schools offered this to such a high standard, so it felt like a unique opportunity not to be missed!
Did you enjoy your chosen subjects?
I studied Sport Science, Health Sciences, Psychology and Biology, which I enjoyed and felt like they set me up onto the right path for my university degree. They were all challenging but equally as rewarding, and I’m so glad I made the decision to study them.
How do you feel about your A Level results?
I got D*, D*, D* in Health and Social Care, D* in Sport, B in Psychology and a C in Biology which I am so happy about! I was worried about my results as it’s been quite a difficult time in the current circumstances with everything being uncertain, so I feel more reassured and like my life is back on track.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
Developing as a person. I’ve gained so much confidence and improved my personal skills whilst being at the UTC, which makes me happy and I feel like I’ve accomplished something good.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to study Health and Social Care?
I would advise students to do some research into the Healthcare sector so they know what to expect and to be prepared to work hard at the UTC. I attended an open day where I spoke to a Radiotherapist, which inspired me to go into this field as it sounded exciting and rewarding. It’s good to speak to as many people as possible who are professionals in the subject, so you get a better understanding of it.
Are you excited for your future career?
I am! It’s less nerve-wracking now I have my results and I feel like I can relax a bit as my hard work at the UTC has paid off. I’ve had experience of interviews, personal statements and university applications whilst being here, so I feel really prepared and ready for my new steps. I will be studying a Radiotherapy and Oncology Degree at Sheffield Hallam University, which is incredibly exciting!
UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park student, Jordan Wolny, loved studying the Computing specialism, and the school inspired him to continue his studies in this area.
Why did you decide to join the UTC?
My previous school didn’t offer Computer Science and I was really keen to study this. The specialisms at the UTC looked exciting and stood out to me, so I wanted to take this opportunity to challenge myself and see what I could achieve.
How do you feel about your results?
I studied Maths, Computer Science and IT, which were challenging subjects but very rewarding. I developed my problem-solving skills and confidence, which are important skills to have. I received an A in Computing, A in Maths and a Distinction in IT. Considering the current situation, I think I’ve done really well and I’m proud of myself.
What’s your favourite memory of the UTC?
I enjoyed making new friends and getting to know lots of different people, both staff and students, as it was a welcoming environment. I liked all of my subjects and felt supported my everyone around me. My favourite memories would be building my technical skills in lessons as it was great learning something new and the teaching was of such a high standard, particularly in the Maths Department.
What’s been your biggest achievement?
Improving my communication skills and learning how to speak to a range of different people, which I hope to develop further in the future. It’s been good to gain knowledge in a range of different subjects, especially in those that I am the most passionate about.
Are you excited for your next steps?
My plans are to study Computer Science at the University of York, as this is a subject that I am incredibly passionate about. I feel like the UTC has prepared me well for my future studies and career, as I am a more well-rounded, confident individual.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about joining the UTC?
I would say try to work hard even when you find things difficult, as it will all be worth it in the end. It’s important to not give up and keep studying until you achieve your goals.
Ellen, Sport Science
"I’ve really enjoyed the technical learning at the UTC"
Former Great Britain skater Ellen Key is looking forward to carving out a new career in sport after completing her studies at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
The 18-year-old has achieved A Level psychology at grade D as well as a distinction in a technical qualification in sports science.
Now Ellen, who used to compete at a national level in figure skating, is going on to study sports science at Sheffield Hallam University. Her ambition is to become a sports psychologist.
She said: “I’m looking forward to starting my new course at university. I’ve really enjoyed the technical learning at the UTC.”
Dr Sarah Clark, Principal, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, said: “Ellen has not only achieved a great university destination, she’s also made valuable contributions to extracurricular sports at the UTC.”