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A UTC education enables you to apply learning to relevant and real-life contexts, supported by cutting-edge research facilities, staff and our partners. Our students benefit from a great tailored curriculum, amazing facilities and a rich diversity of experience.

A great place to learn and grow


Welcome to North East Futures UTC, a state of the art technical school in Newcastle upon Tyne for 14-19 year olds. The UTC is state funded school and students attend from across the North East. We are for ambitious students interested in careers in Healthcare Science and Digital Technology.
Our aim is to be a leading Healthcare Science and Digital Technology school for the region and the UK.  

To achieve this we work closely with relevant regional employers to provide students with a distinctive, innovative and high-quality academic and technical education specialising in the Healthcare Science and Digital Technology.

We support all students to develop work-ready skills such as Teamwork, leadership, problem solving and communication. These help students achieve a positive destination after the UTC such as a university course in a STEM subject or a Higher Apprenticeships. This supports regional economic growth.

We bring equal opportunities and high expectations for all while striving for Technical and Academic educational excellence.

We value work-ready and technical skills alongside academic achievement and focus heavily on the wellbeing and safety of everyone at the UTC.

To work in partnership with local employers to provide a unique, innovative and high-quality curriculum which develops our students’ academic, technical and generic skills and fast-tracks them into successful careers in the Healthcare Science and Digital sectors

•    We value working in partnership with local employers to deliver our curriculum
•    We value personal, academic and technical development equally
•    We value opportunities to apply theory to practice through project-based learning
•    We value all members of our UTC community equally and strive to ensure all achieve success


  • To provide local employers with a digitally savvy work force 
  • To develop young people with the academicand technical skills required for careers in the Healthcare and Digital sectors.
  • To develop students' generic employability skills - teamwork, leadership, problem solving and communication skills - alongside academic and technical skills.
  • To prepare students effectively for the world of work.
  • To create opportunities for students to apply theory learnt in the classroom to 'real' projects designed and delivered with our employer sponsors to deepen understanding and make learning relevant.
  • To fast track our students' literacy and communication skills.
  • To re-engage young people who have become disaffected with traditional education with learning.
  • To ensure all students progress onto positive and appropriate destinations.
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Our Amazing Facility

North East Futures UTC is based in the Stephenson Quarter in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the historic industrial heart of the city, now thriving with new development.

The Quarter takes its prestigious name from the Robert Stephenson and Co. Locomotive Works which were based there, and where the famous Rocket was built in 1829.

This legacy of technology, innovation and creativity is central to our UTC – an exciting and stimulating place to learn, inspire, work and grow.

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Academic Excellence

University Technical Colleges or UTCs take a balance of a strong core curriculum and technical qualifications to give their students a more rounded experience of school. North East Futures UTC has great support from local high-profile businesses and is sponsored by the University of Sunderland.

View our 2020 Exam results

Our Tailored Curriculum

We have a strong focus on filling the skills gap in the Digital Technology and Healthcare Science sectors which makes us different.

View an example timetable

Student Enrichment

Keeping with our business driven education, our students will be expected to attend longer days. As a part of this we have made time in our school week for extra curricular activities.

Our enrichment clubs include, Cyber Security, E-Sports, Dungeons and Dragons, Football, Robotics, Bicycle Fix-It & Running to name a few.

We encourage our 6th form students to set up their own Enrichment activities. 

Our Dress Code

North East Futures UTC has a ‘Business Dress’ code for all students and staff who are expected to look smart and work-ready every day.

This is particularly important as we have many industry partners as guests on site almost every day and we want students to make a fantastic first impression.

Science and Sport dress is also as per industry.

The full dress code document is in our Student, Parent and Carer Handbook. 


Our students get a number of catering options such as:

  • Free breakfast from 8:40-9:00 in the dining room (sponsored by Sodexo)
  • Hot and Cold snacks and drinks at break  in the dining room
  • Hot and Cold lunch in the dining room

Students are welcome to bring packed lunches from home and 6th Form students are also allowed off-site for lunch. 

North East Futures UTC offers Free School Meals to all eligible students. Contact us for more information.

Pastoral Support

We’re as focused on pastoral support and safeguarding the students in our care as we are in academic excellence.

Learn about our approach to support and safeguarding

Our Events

As part of our student enrichment the college runs a rich events programme that brings the business community into the college and provides inspiration and motivation to our students as well as making connections that will help prepare them for the world of work.

View all of our events on Eventbrite!