Welcome to SGS Berkeley Green UTC

Opened in September 2017, SGS Berkeley Green UTC is Gloucestershire’s newest educational institution providing the outstanding academic education you would expect from a school with the technical and employer focused education of a college. Students join us for their GCSEs in Year 10 or A Levels and Technical Qualifications in Year 12 and thrive in this dynamic learning environment. Our work with employers gives you the competitive edge when looking for employment within the areas of Engineering, Digital Technologies and Cyber Security as well as giving you the first class education that you would also expect from a secondary school or sixth form setting.

So what is a UTC?

A UTC is a University Technical College. In March 2015 SGS Berkeley Green UTC was given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State for Education because of the demand by employers to fill Gloucestershire’s skills gap in high technology.

The UTC provides specialist high quality vocational and academic education for learners aged 14-18 with a strong interest in Engineering, Digital Technologies and Cyber Security. SGS Berkeley Green UTC is one of about fifty University Technical Colleges nationally.

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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. Students 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 Engineering, Cyber Security and Digital Technologies. This enables students 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.

So what is life at a UTC like?

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 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.

That added extra:

Due to SGS Berkeley Green UTC's focused curriculum on Engineering, Cyber Security and Digital Technologies, 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. Students and parents comment that our environment feels more like a University or a smart office building. Our extensive investment includes equipment more often found in an employer's premises than in schools, our IT infrastructure, including our Security Operations Centre (SOC) is unique in a school environment and our Engineering facilities are second to none.

Our approach to learning:

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.

Our approach to learning

When you finish at the UTC:

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 Engineering, Cyber Security or Digital Technologies.

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