Schools where pupils start from age 13
These schools are called university technical colleges or studio schools.
- University technical colleges are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects. In years 9, 10 and 11 they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subjects.
- Studio schools are similar to university technical colleges, as they have employer involvement in the curriculum. They focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They also have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school.
UTC Derby Pride Park Technical College
UTC Derby Pride Park Technical College is one of 50 new UTCs that has been launched across the country. UTC Derby Pride Park provides education and training for 13 to 19-year-olds who aspire to be future engineers or work in health and social care.
The UTC is housed in a specially designed building, ensuring that students learn in a twenty-first-century environment. Its engineering workshop has the latest CAD equipment, milling machines, lathes and welding bays. In addition to a prototype room with 3D printers and laser cutters, there are five science laboratories for practical teaching. Alongside the health suite, which enables students to take part in simulation and practical activities.
The UTC works closely with Rolls-Royce, Alstom, Toyota, Bombardier, the NHS, Joined Up Care Derbyshire, the University of Derby and Derby College. It is situated in Pride Park with links to cycle paths and bus stops within easy walking distance.
Find out more on the UTC Derby Pride Park website, or telephone 01332 477400 to arrange a visit.
Other UTCs and academies in the surrounding area
|UTC/academy name||Local authority||Website||How to apply|
|The JCB Academy||Staffordshire County Council||The JCB Academy||Directly to the JCB Academy|
How to apply
If you decide that you would like to apply for a place at any of these schools for your child, you will need to:
- apply directly to the school
- make the application from 14 September 2022 until 31 October 2022.
National Offer Day
National Offer Day - 1 March 2023
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the UTC.