Students studying at UTC Derby will study a combination of GCSEs and A Levels alongside a technical qualification in their chosen specialism.

Specialising in Engineering and Health and Life Sciences

We recently introduced our Health and Life Sciences Academy to compliment our Engineering offer.

Our Engineering specialism has been developed with global employers and has already helped our students to progress to high quality apprenticeships and places on top Engineering courses at universities around the UK.

Now with the help of University of Derby and the NHS we are developing a Health and Life Sciences Academy to prepare our students for the many opportunities that exist in the biomedical and related scientific fields.

As digital technologies continue to open up a world of possibilities in the engineering and scientific fields, we are mindful of future jobs that will emerge in areas like bioengineering. Our graduates could be helping to design ground-breaking prosthetic joints for people who have lost limbs or designing new medical imaging techniques to help with cancer diagnoses. We want to give our students every opportunity to be at the forefront of this digital industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0.

KS4 Curriculum

Our curriculum offer, including employer-led projects, university challenges and enrichment activities, is designed to give students a well-rounded education to open up the best possible opportunities for future study and career progression.

Students joining UTC in Year 9 begin their Key Stage 4 studies straight away, studying a combination of GCSEs and up to three technical qualifications for the Engineering specialism and one technical qualification within the Health and Life Sciences Academy.

Core GCSEs

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry leading to GCSE combined or triple Science*)

*Students studying Health and Life Sciences will major on triple Science

Optional GCSEs

  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Systems & Control
  • Product Design
  • Child Care CACHE

Some GCSE options are dependent on target grades**

Plus all students will study for the BTEC DIT (Digital Information Technology) award.

Students will also have allocated lesson time for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance, Citizenship, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Sports and Physical Education, alongside time for independent study and enrichment activities called Global Cultural Learning. This forms our Pastoral Curriculum Programme.

KS5 Curriculum

At Key Stage 5 students will study a Level 3 technical qualification in Engineering or Applied Science for Health and Life Sciences, alongside up to three A Levels, depending on each student’s ambitions.

A Level Choices

  • English Language
  • Maths
  • Further Maths (potentially)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Level 3 Core Maths
  • Level 3 Extended Project (potentially)
  • GCSE English, Maths and Science resits

We may offer a Level 2 bridging-the-gap year at Post-16, which provides a step up to Level 3 qualifications. For advice on your options please attend one of our open events.

Please note, the course offer for both KS4 and KS5 may be reviewed as part of the UTC’s long-term commitment to securing the best outcomes for students.