On behalf of our students, staff and the Governing Body I am delighted to welcome you to University Technical College Swindon’s website – An innovative, employer-focused, high-tech College for students aged from 14 to 19 opened in 2014.
Swindon’s first dedicated 14-19 academy with specialisms in Engineering with Business and Entrepreneurship. With our £11 million iconic building, filled with over £1m of specialist equipment, we have created a unique, aspirational, technical and academic curriculum, which prepares our students to succeed in employment and the Engineering profession. Centrally located with excellent transport links on our doorstep, UTC Swindon is accessible for students far and wide. Working with our sponsors Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Oxford Brookes University, UTC Swindon will address the divide between education and industry, giving our students a competitive edge to secure first class careers and ‘lead lives of consequence’.
Engineering plays a critical role in economic regeneration and the skills gap identified in our region and beyond is a challenge that the UTC relishes addressing. The UTC is a unique opportunity for young people to explore careers with our local employers whilst securing qualifications valued by employers and prepare students for their future.
Employers need a wide range of highly skilled young women and men; some will have great specialist technical skills, some will be highly academic, some will be excellent project managers, some will be skilled designers and problem solvers, and some will be skilled programmers. The UTC plans to make sure that all our students have the best ‘hands-on’ learning experiences to help them prepare and choose a career pathway right for them.
Students at UTC Swindon study an academic curriculum – GCSEs and A Levels – alongside their technical learning such as BTEC Engineering qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 or instead of Engineering in the 6th form students can study Level 3 in IT (see our curriculum section for more detail). Years 10 and 11 will also gain a practical qualification – Practical Engineering Operations (this qualification is an option in Years 12 and 13 – ‘6th form’). The difference is that all academic study relates to apprenticeships, direct employment, entrepreneurship and university – whatever is right for you! Students gain the skills and qualifications to open up opportunities backed by at least 10 days work experience each year.
The College approach is much more like a business than a school with all students in business dress and all staff known by their first name. The academic year is divided into six terms, adding up to 39 weeks. The day starts at 8.30 am and ends at 5.00 pm (4.00 pm on Mondays and Fridays) to provide a greater range of learning opportunities as well as excellent preparation for the ‘world of work’.
The UTC student experience is focused and purposeful. Every student has a personal tutoring and is known and supported as an individual by the academic team. With just 600 learners on campus (when full), there is scope to nurture and support individual talent so that each student can reach their full potential and achieve their ambitions. Our first year has seen our students develop both academically and mature in confidence.
This is a unique opportunity for students, I strongly recommend you visit us on one of our open days or evenings or conversely just contact the college for an individual tour if you can’t make the open events. We look forward to seeing you!