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FAQs

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What is the Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC?

This new University Technical College will be based in central London next to Ebury Bridge behind Victoria Railway Station, close by Victoria Coach Station.
It will open in September 2017 in a new flagship building.
It will be for students studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects with a focus on transport engineering and construction and the built environment.
Students will benefit from close links with leading industry partners.
Technical qualifications can be studied alongside GCSEs and A Levels.

When will the UTC open?

The first entry will be in September 2017. Applications for 2017/18 entry at Key Stage 4 for learners aged 14 years and for admission at Key Stage 5 for learners aged 16 years, open in September. Follow the links to Admissions on the website.

Who are the educational sponsors of Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC?

The University of Westminster is the lead educational sponsor, working closely with City of Westminster College, with support from the St Marylebone Academy Trust and St Marylebone Teaching School Alliance. All recognised for their high standards and innovative education.

Which Employers have helped shape the educational offer?

‘Household name’ industry partners have helped design what students learn, so that it is up to date and relevant.

  • Network Rail
  • Land Securities
  • BT Fleet
  • Alstom
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Transport for London

What involvement will these companies have once the UTC is open?

Each company will provide a series of ‘Business Challenge Projects’ to provide real work-life examples of projects actually underway in London. For all students, these projects will be aligned with their exam studies at KS4 and in the sixth form. This will help students to make links between theory and practice, as well as developing key work skills.

What will be the catchment area for Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC?

The UTC is accepting applications from pupils from across London and the south east.

Will specialising at a young age narrow down options for later?

Not at all. The UTC will open up opportunities. After completing their UTC education, students will have the qualifications they need to go into university or higher education for degree or BTEC HND studies or to enter employment or start an apprenticeship. The enrichment programme will enable students to gain a broad appreciation of the arts and politics.

Will this be a pathway to university?

Yes. Having completed their studies at the UTC, students will have three options:

  • Go into higher education
  • Enter employment
  • Start an apprenticeship

College leavers wishing to enrol on a higher education course will be able to apply for scholarships provided by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

Is there a uniform?

Students will be expected to wear business dress: a blue, grey or black suit with smart shoes appropriate for a business setting. For outward facing events when meeting visitors or the public, students will be expected to wear a college tie.

How long is the school day?

The day starts at half past eight and finishes at five, except on a Friday when it will finish at four.

Will there be a behavior code?

Absolutely. Students will be expected to follow a behaviour code that ensures an atmosphere of scholarly endeavor appropriate to a business setting; with care, courtesy and consideration at the heart of everything they do.

Will students be guaranteed a job at the end of their studies at the UTC?

Nothing is guaranteed, however our employer partners have committed, subject to satisfactory completion of their course of study, coupled with high attendance and effort, that students can expect to gain job interviews or places on assessment centres for appropriate opportunities. Furthermore employers will work with the students during their time at the UTC to ensure they are well placed to take advantage for these opportunities.

How can I find out more?

Come to one of our information evenings or call in on a Tuesday between half five and half six for an informal chat with Karen, the Principal Designate.