Curriculum Pathways

Pathway 1 Technical Baccalaureate (TechBacc): This route is studied over two years and has a more technical vocational bias. It can lead to studying in higher education, for example, at a university, employment or  higher apprenticeships. The entry criteria for this pathway is a minimum of 5 A*-C (9-4) GCSE passes including 4 in English Language or Literature and Mathematics.

Choose from:

BTEC level 3 diploma in engineering (equivalent to two A-levels)
or
BTEC level 3 diploma in information and creative technology (equivalent to two A-levels)
and
Level 3 core maths programme
and
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) AS *

Pathway 2: Academic Route A: ‘A’ levels: This route is studied over two years and is aimed at students who want to take ‘A’ levels in maths, a science subject and possibly computing, as well as their specialism. It can lead to studying in higher education, for example, at a university, employment or higher apprenticeships. The entry criteria for this pathway is a minimum of 5 A*-B (9-5) GCSE passes including Grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics and  mostly B grades in other subjects. Some subjects have a specific entry criteria as detailed in the Subject Directory.

Choose from:

Level 3 course in engineering
or
Level 3 in information & creative technology

Choose two ‘A’ level subjects from:

  • Maths A Level
  • Physics A Level
  • Chemistry A Level
  • Biology A Level

All students will also study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) AS*

Pathway 3: Academic Route B: International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme  (IBCP)

The Leigh UTC is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme and pursuing authorisation as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

The entry criteria for this pathway is a minimum of 5 A*-C (9-4) GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics and  mostly C grades in other subjects. Some subjects have a specific entry criteria as detailed in the Subject Directory.

Choose from:

Level 3 course in engineering
or
Level 3 in information and creative technology
and
Choose two IB subjects from:

  • English Language  and Literature
  • IT in a Global Society
  • Design &  Technology
  • Environmental Studies and Science

Professional qualifications

All sixth form students will have the opportunity to study a range of professional qualifications at level 3.

These include:

  • Adobe suite
  • Autodesk suite (CAD)
  • Cisco Academy
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft Academy

*The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) AS This is a Level 3 course which is taken alongside ‘A’ levels.  You’ll be required to complete a project based on a research topic of your choice. It can be related to a subject outside of your current areas of study.  The project can be in the form of an essay or report; or an artefact, product or research dissertation (backed up with paperwork). An EPQ will help you develop a useful range of extra study skills, helping you prepare for the demands of university work.  It is valued amongst higher education institutions as it demonstrates your dedication to independent learning.  It contributes towards entry requirements at many universities.) .

“The curriculum provides a rich range of opportunities for pupils to develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress and succeed in engineering, technical and related careers. Very strong links with industry enable pupils to bring their learning to life through engaging projects set by employers.”

The Leigh UTC Ofsted February 2017