Curriculum 16-19 years

What can I study as part of the sixth form UTC Curriculum (16-19 years)?

You can follow one of three pathways

  • STEM pathway
  • Integrated pathway
  • Engineering pathway

 

STEM pathway Maths level 3# A level A level A level EPQ* Work experience
Integrated pathway Maths level 3# A level A level Tech level EPQ* Work experience
Engineering pathway Maths level 3# Tech level EPQ* Work experience

 

# Either A level maths or Core Maths
*EPQ = Extended project qualification.

What is the Extended Project Qualification?

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is free standing qualification about one third the size of an A level. It involves choosing a topic and carrying out some serious research into that particular area, then creating either a 5,000 word report or a ‘product’ and a 1,000 word report. After that, you must deliver a small presentation about your topic, lasting from 10 – 15 mins.

Why should I do it?

For your own sake. It allows you to develop your personal interests on a topic you feel genuinely passionate about. Plus, it helps when applying for university (especially competitive ones, such as Oxbridge), and apprenticeships, as you are set apart from all the other candidates. It demonstrates your commitment to a subject, and allows you to develop the independent research skills needed for undergraduate study.

What is Core Maths?

Core Maths an exciting and engaging new mathematics qualification that sits comfortably between GCSE and A-level, filling a long overlooked gap.
It supports student progression by:

  • preparing them for the mathematics requirements of a number of higher education courses
  • developing their understanding and ability to apply mathematics
  • equipping them to apply for employment or higher apprenticeships in a wide range of industry sectors, professional training or university.

It is measured as a Level 3 qualification and is equivalent in size to an AS qualification. However, it is distinct from AS Mathematics as learners consolidate mathematical techniques that can be directly applied to real-life contexts

Tech levels offered
BTEC Level 3 Engineering (QCF)

BTEC Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment (QCF)

BTEC Computing

BTEC Business

Design Engineering Construct!

A levels offered
Maths A level
Physics A level
Chemistry A level
Computer Science A level
Business A level
Psychology A level *from 2018
Biology A level *from 2018

If there is an A level not on the list that you would like to study, please talk to us.

STEM pathway

  • A level 3 maths qualification (either A level maths or the new Core Maths)
  • Two or three other A levels
  • The Extended Project Qualification

Who is the STEM pathway for?

  • Students who are aiming to study a STEM subject at university
  • Students who are aiming for a higher apprenticeship

Integrated pathway

  • A level 3 maths qualification (either A level maths or the new Core Maths)
  • A Tech Level (such as a BTEC) in engineering
  • The Extended Project Qualification

Who is the integrated pathway for?

  • Students who are aiming to study a STEM subject at university
  • Students who are aiming for a higher apprenticeship

Engineering pathway

  • A level 3 maths qualification (either A level maths or the new Core Maths)
  • A Tech Level (such as a BTEC) that is equivalent to 2 or 3 A levels in engineering or construction and the built environment
  • The Extended Project Qualification

Who is the engineering pathway for?

  • Students who are aiming for a higher apprenticeship
  • Students who are aiming to study STEM at university

GCSE English

If you have any concerns about achieving Grade 4 or above in GCSE English, please get in touch with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please note that the resit opportunity the UTC offers is for GCSE English Language only.