Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is a University Technical College.
What is a UTC?
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded schools with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focus. They provide a unique and relevant approach to education which addresses the changing needs of students and employers in the 21st Century. Established by companies and universities in areas of high demand for talent, UTCs provide sought-after technical qualifications and experience. They also benefit from industry standard equipment and specialist staff to provide students with the skills valued by employers.
The UTC Mission
Our mission is to provide young people with a relevant education in a fast-changing world and to provide employers with the skilled workforce needed for UK industry to thrive. We offer young people the education they need today to equip them for tomorrow’s careers.
UTCs are a national family of almost 50 state-funded schools that offer a distinctively different educational choice from other schools. They offer a secondary education for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 (usually age 14-18) with some starting earlier at Key Stage 3.
UTCs are more than just a school. As well as providing a strong grounding in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, each UTC has one or more technical specialisms linked to their local industry partners. The curriculum provides a blend of academic and technical learning, with balance appropriate to each Key Stage. Programmes of study demonstrate high academic and technical ambition for all pupils, building the vital employability skills, personal values and professional behaviours required by UTC leavers for rapid progression into the UTC’s target technical sector. UTCs invest in young people’s enthusiasm and aptitude for science, maths and technology, and in doing so accelerate their progression to a career in a technical field. In turn this progression will feed the talent pipeline into UTCs’ target technical sectors.