Gloucestershire University Technical College (UTC) is a project developed by partners from across the university, health and care sectors in Gloucestershire including:
- University of Gloucestershire;
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
- NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group;
- South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust;
- Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust;
- 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, and
- Portman Dental.
Our UTC: UTC Gloucestershire will have 600 students when full and will take students from across Gloucestershire. The catchment area for a UTC is defined as one-hour travel to school time and can therefore serve a wider area. It is intended to locate the UTC close to transport hubs. The curriculum of the UTC will be based on a core values framework aligned to the core values of the NHS:
- Respect and dignity.
- Commitment to the quality of care.
- Improving lives.
- Working together.
- Everyone counts.
What Is A UTC:
UTCs are government funded schools that offer 14 to 19 year olds an alternative offer to mainstream secondary schools. They teach students academic and technical subjects through applied project-based learning supported by Industry and University partners. They are part of the public education service, and do not charge fees.
The UTC will offer a curriculum that will develop routes for young people into the wide range of skilled, rewarding jobs within the NHS, the wider health and care service, and health sciences. The curriculum will model innovative ways in which the school curriculum can provide personalised learning and prepare students for employment opportunities.
By integrating technical, practical and academic learning, UTCs create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities that employers require to be successful in their industries.
To do this all UTCs:
- Focus on one or two technical specialisms
- Work with employers and a local university to develop and deliver the curriculum
- Relate the content of academic subjects to their technical specialisms through applied learning
- Have the latest equipment and technology used by industry
- Provide a longer school day than mainstream secondary schools
- Dedicate at least 40% of time to the technical specialism using applied and project-based learning with real-life challenges which are developed by our Industry partners
By working with a university and local employers and partners, UTC students benefit from having access to:
- The latest research, industry expertise and access to specialist facilities
- Real-life employer led projects that develop technical skills, creative thinking, problem solving and team work
- Teaching and mentoring from specialists who currently work in industry