In 2012, the Aston UTC opened on the Birmingham Science Park. Aston UTC offers 14-19 year olds in the Birmingham area the opportunity to specialise in and study for technical qualifications in engineering and science as part of their GCSE and A Level curriculum.
The Aston University Engineering Academy teaches students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and is educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow. Students can choose to study Extended BTEC Diplomas, and business and industry standard qualifications in engineering and science, alongside the traditional academic subjects such as English and maths.
The Aston UTC is located at Birmingham Science Park, immediately adjacent to its main sponsor, Aston University. It works closely with the University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and many local employers, as well as leading engineering companies, who provide sponsorship, advice on the curriculum and access to mentoring, masterclasses, state of the art learning facilities and work-based experiences. These enhance the secondary education provided by the Aston UTC and prepare students for life after school.
A key differentiator for the Aston University Engineering Academy is a focus on the wider enrichment through an employer-linked project curriculum and club night, which ensures that students leave Aston University Sixth Form with not only high academic outcomes but a wider holistic experience, maximising their potential and preparation for employment.
Aston University Engineering Academy supports all routes into the workplace, including Higher and advanced apprenticeships, further study at university, or straight into a job.
Key facts about the Aston UTC:
- 98% of students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or start a job, compared with 89% nationally
- 92% of AUEA students go on to University and Apprenticeship schemes, compared to 48% nationally
- 78% of AUEA students go on to University compared with 48% nationally
- 1/4 of AUEA students progress direct to Aston University.
Subjects Available at Aston UTC
The Aston UTC offers the following subject choices for Year 10 and Year 12 students:
Year 10 Subject Choices (14-16):
- English GCSE
- Science GCSE
- Mathematics GCSE
- Design and Technology GCSE
- Smart Product Design GCSE
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Engineering BTEC
Year 12 Subject Choices (Sixth Form):
- Business Studies A-level
- English Literature A-level
- Product Design A-level
- Product Design A2
- Mathematics A-level
- Further Mathematics A-level
- Mathematical Studies Level 3
- Extended Project Qualification
- Biology A-level
- Chemistry A-level
- Physics A-level
- Science BTEC
- Engineering BTEC
- Forensic Science BTEC
- Physical Education A-level
Qualifications Offered by Aston UTC
The Aston UTC offers the following qualifications for Year 10 and Year 12 students:
Year 10 Subject Qualifications (14-16):
- BTEC (Engineering only)
Year 12 Subject Qualifications (Sixth Form):
- A2 (Product Design only)
- BTEC (Science, Engineering & Forensic Science only)
Industrial Placements with Aston UTC
The Aston UTC has exciting links with a wide range of industrial partners who support the Academy in many different ways, by advising on skills need, providing focused work placements, running workshops, supporting curriculum design and providing specialist industry equipment. These partners include: