JCB Academy

The JCB Academy opened in 2010 and was the first ever University Technical College to be established in the UK. Situated in Rocester, Staffordshire, the JCB Academy specialises in engineering qualifications for 14-19 year olds.

Students should be inspired by the Academy’s location, in a carefully adapted and renovated mill which dates from the late 18th Century. This is because the mill was built by the famous industrial entrepreneur and engineer, Richard Arkwright. Since the title sponsor of the Academy is JCB, the iconic British firm which designs and manufactures a wide range of Off-Highway Vehicles, students should expect to have some interest in design and manufacturing.

The Academy also has partnerships with other businesses, such as Bentley Motors, Network Rail and Rolls-Royce. These partner companies provide work experience opportunities and also offer apprenticeships and full-time jobs to graduates of the academy.

Due to the relationships the Academy has with these partner companies, the Academy focuses on delivering high-quality engineering and business education. Its motto summarises the ethos of the Academy: “Developing engineers and business leaders for the future”. Therefore, the curriculum and learning techniques are unique, allowing students to combine theory with practical activities.

The curriculum includes traditional academic GCSEs and A Levels such as English, maths, science and humanities. This ensures students gain a wide range of skills across both technical and academic areas. JCB Academy students receive the best possible preparation for their future when they leave school. They will have the qualifications and experience to succeed whether they choose to progress to an apprenticeship or university.

Students also put learning into practice in dedicated and purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities. Since all students at the academy benefit from a wide range of extension activities, they can pursue many different interests outside the main curriculum.

Students can also take an active part in the Student Council, including controlling the delegated budget. Furthermore, the Academy encourages students to take on leadership roles while attending the Academy. This can range from leading various engineering challenges, becoming prefects while mentoring other learners.

The JCB Academy Sixth Form specialises in engineering and business and also offers ‘traditional’ A levels. Both the engineering and business subjects are diploma qualifications – either a level 3 diploma (equivalent to two A levels) or a level 3 extended diploma (equivalent to three A levels).

The JCB Academy also offers a range of Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Welding and Fabrication, Engineering, and Business Operations.

Subjects Available at JCB Academy

The JCB Academy also offers a very wide range of Year 10 and Year 12 Subject Choices, including:

Year 10 Subject Choices (14-16):

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Trilogy
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Financial Education
  • Business
  • Engineering Manufacture
  • Engineering Design
  • Principles in Engineering and Engineering Business
  • Systems Control in Engineering

Year 12 Subject Choices (Sixth Form):

  • Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • A-Levels / BTEC in:
    • Biology
    • Business Studies
    • Chemistry
    • English Literature
    • Extended Project Qualification
    • Information Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Further Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Product Design
    • Quantitative Reasoning

Qualifications Offered by JCB Academy

The range of qualifications offered by the JCB Academy include either Year 10 or Year 12 subjects:

Year 10 Subject Qualifications (14-16):

  • GCSE
  • BTEC
  • Cambridge Nationals

Year 12 Subject Qualifications (Sixth Form):

  • A-Levels
  • BTEC

Industrial Placements with JCB Academy

The JCB Academy also has partnerships with a number of companies who offer mentoring. Some also offer work experience opportunities, including:

To Apply for a place at JCB Academy

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