Welcome to SGS Berkeley Green UTC
We are really excited that we will be open to welcome students to study at the new SGS Berkeley Green UTC from September 2017. You can join us at Year 10 or Year 12 and we are absolutely certain you will thrive in this dynamic learning environment that has been designed by employers to give you the competitive edge when looking for employment within the areas of Engineering, Manufacturing and Digital Technologies as well as giving you the first class education that you would also expect from a secondary school or sixth form setting.
A UTC is a University Technical College. In March 2015 SGS Berkeley Green UTC was invited by the Secretary of State for Education to enter a pre-opening phase, ahead of a planned opening in September 2017.
The UTC will provide specialist high quality vocational and academic education for learners aged 14-18 with a strong interest in Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Technologies and Cyber Security. SGS Berkeley Green UTC is one of sixty planned or already open University Technical Colleges nationally.
As with all UTCs, SGS Berkeley Green UTC's curriculum has been developed in partnership with employers, who have taken an active role in the development of the UTC. Learners will follow the national curriculum enabling them to achieve the same number of GCSEs that they would in a school, but because of the longer school days they also have an additional forty percent of their time focused on undertaking specialist vocational education and projects led by employers in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Cyber Security and Digital Technologies. This really does enable learners at a UTC to become more attractive to employers as they have practical, relevant skills as well as having the same excellent education and qualifications that they would get within a secondary school or sixth form.
Life at a University Technical College is very similar to school in many ways in terms of the general curriculum but is also excitingly different to school in that it has much more in common with the workplace and a professional employment setting. The 'school day' is longer (9am-5pm, 4pm on Fridays), but there is no homework and teaching and learning are conducted in an adult environment that really helps you to progress into the world of work or into higher education for degree level study when you leave the UTC.
Due to SGS Berkeley Green UTC's focused curriculum on Advanced Manufacturing, Cyber Security and Digital Technology, high levels of investment have been made in specialist equipment to support these curriculum areas that deliver the skills that employers are desperate to fill. Our extensive investment includes equipment more often found in an employer's premises than in schools and over £2m of specialist equipment will be available for learners when they join the UTC in September 2017.
The University Technical College's exciting approach to learning offers young people excellent progression opportunities, many with the extensive number of major regional employers who have sponsored the UTC and also with the University of Gloucestershire.
On completion of their studies, learners leaving SGS Berkeley Green UTC can expect to secure Apprenticeships, Degree Level Apprenticeships, places at University or employment with many of our major partners in the areas of Manufacturing, Cyber Security or Digital Technologies.