Why choose the UTC

North East Futures UTC is different from other schools because it has unique support and backing from local, high profile industry partners and employers. They have been involved in the establishment of the UTC from the start and are helping develop and support our curriculum. The UTC is sponsored by the University of Sunderland and has academic partnerships with all 5 North East Universities, who help make sure that we really can offer students the best of both worlds: technical and academic.

This means students can take advantage of the UTC’s specialist subjects while still taking the GCSEs and A-levels, like other students would do at an ‘ordinary’ school. UTCs are for students aged 14 to 19.  This is the age when students will have a better idea of what they are really interested in and know whether they would enjoy learning in a more high-tech environment.

The UK needs advanced technical skills at all levels if we are to prosper. Whether in digital technologies, advanced manufacturing or high-tech hospitals, we need a workforce which is skilled enough to develop new products, stretch and reuse existing resources and meet the challenges of the future.

But school life is not only about preparing for the future; we want students to love coming to school and to feel proud and excited to follow their education in such an amazing setting.

Ten great reasons to study at North East Futures UTC

1. Working with industry not just your teachers

you will be mentored by, do projects with, gain work experience and careers guidance from industry professionals who will inspire and guide you to do your best and find your career path of choice

2. Great building, great location

Every day you will go to a beautiful new School specced out with the top equipment. This will be an inspiring place to learn. You will be in the newly redeveloped Stephenson Quarter right next to Newcastle Central station, bus station and Metro station making us super accessible to the entire North East.

3. You will get a great set of qualifications that will set you up perfectly for your next destination e.g. University or Apprenticeship

We offer GCSEs, A Levels and BTEC qualifications. These will all set you up nicely to reach the next stage of your education or career. You will be pushed to achieve your best and supported if you are finding things tough.

4. You will meet new friends who share your interests and chose to come to the UTC to learn and succeed

Students choose to come to the UTC. They sometimes are willing to travel a long way because it is right for them. These students will share your passion and commitment and be great peers to inspire you to do your best.

5. There will be enrichment opportunities such as the Duke of York Award and national competitions

There will be sport, competitions and awards that you can access within your normal 9-5 School day (9-2:30 on a Friday). This will be fun and relaxing but also give you some extras for your CV to give you the edge in those competitive jobs.

6. You will develop your essential work-ready skills through project-based learning so you can get your CV to the top of the pile

Not every day will be lesson after lesson. You will participate in a range of projects, created by our sponsors such as Ubisoft, that will build your teamwork, communication, problem solving and leadership skills as well as making you more confident. Project based learning is powerful stuff and you be sure you will get plenty of opportunities for this style of Learning at the UTC.

7. You will have access to a range of work experience opportunities so you are ready for the workplace

We will work hard to find a huge range of work experience opportunities in the Health Science and IT sectors that are more than just fetching the tea. You will see inside these exciting and growing industries and be inspired to find your ideal career path. This is the best career guidance there is.

8. Anyone on the Metro network can get to and from the UTC for maximum £2 per day

No need to break the bank even if you have to travel some distance to get to the UTC. We have a student bursary for families that need extra help with the travel costs.

9. Our specialisms in Healthcare Science and Digital Technology are the two fastest growing sectors in the North East with thousands of great employment opportunities

We believe that if a young person works hard enough then they can be a success in whatever field they like. These two sectors have so many vacancies that need filling, why not consider a career in Healthcare Science or IT. They are both at the cutting edge, have great career development opportunities and fantastic salaries.

10. The UTC will be a fun and engaging place to learn where you will be challenged to do your best

We want to have fun coming to work just as much as you want to have fun coming to learn. We are passionate about the UTC and believe it will be a great addition to the North East education offer. If you like what we are saying why not attend one of our events and consider signing up?

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