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Energy Coast UTC really is a very special place - created through a partnership between industry and education. Our new approach to the curriculum, grounded in traditional values, provide a great foundation for students' futures.

We are a University Technical College – a college that delivers engineering excellence through innovative, technically – focused education and training for 14-19 year olds on the west coast of Cumbria.

On a daily basis our students work closely both with our own excellent staff and also our industry partners, who include:

Sellafield Ltd
Morgan Sindall
James Walker
National Nuclear Laboratory
Royal Navy
Lakes College West Cumbria

Through our close, daily, links with our partners, our students are provided with distinctive, innovative and technically-focused education and training to raise their attainment and employment prospects. Our aim is to meet the current and growing skills demand from regional employers working in the rapidly-expanding Energy sector.

Our students are inspired by the relevance and challenge of solving real-life industrial and community problems. They rapidly gain the confidence and both the technical and personal skills to become the creative contributors on whom our businesses and public services can rely for shaping and driving the future of our society.

The ethos of the UTC is inclusive and enabling. Every student and member of staff is encouraged and expected to continuously strive for improvement, setting themselves goals that are both personally challenging and constructive for the community as a whole. In a climate of mutual support and respect, individuals gain the motivation to work with initiative and independence and also the self-confidence to ask questions and to seek the help of others.

We offer:

A technical vocational choice for young people aged 14-19

An ethos and working day that matches closely with business practice

Unprecedented close links - on a daily basis - with our industry partners

Apprenticeship experience

Learning that is delivered through practical work-related projects that foster both collaboration skills and independence

Rich opportunities for informal learning, through project work and enrichment activities

State of the art buildings and facilities

A caring, supportive environment

The Curriculum in more detail

14 – 16 Students

  • Students study for BTEC qualifications in engineering or civil engineering. In addition, all students study a range of GCSEs including Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French and Geography.
  • Those who wish to gain the English Baccalaureate (5 good GCSE passes in core subjects) or Progress 8 (8 good GCSE passes in qualifying subjects) will be able to do so.
  • Students also have time dedicated to physical education, enrichment, citizenship, careers education and guidance, religious education, and personal, health and social education.

Post 16 Students

  • At Post-16 our offer is based on a 50:50 split between academic and vocational courses.
  • Our Post-16 offer covers a range of A & AS level, BTEC and vocational qualifications leading to apprenticeship, employment or university.
  • Within our Level 3 vocational courses the split of theory to practical elements is 40:60.
  • Courses in Mathematics will be required to support engineering studies.
  • All Post-16 students will have time dedicated to enrichment, citizenship, careers education and guidance, and personal, health and social education.

All Students

  • For all students much of the learning is developed through employer-led cross-curricular projects enhanced by a range of activities which will make every project relevant to every learner. These include experiences in the workplace.


Teaching and learning is arranged over a 5 day week timetable. The day will begin at 8.30am and end at 5.15pm Tuesday – Thursday and 4.15pm on a Monday and Friday.

Enrichment Activities

The UTC operates a significantly longer school day and year than is normal. This enables the UTC to offer students a greater range of extended learning activities such as, Greenpower Challenge, Young Enterprise, Royal Navy UTC Challenge, School Council, Dream Placement, Rugby Training, Revival Project, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh, Extended Projects, Volunteering and Triple Bar.

Download 2018/2019 Term Dates  

Changes to Enrichment Year 10 

Changes to Enrichment Year 11 

Changes to Enrichment Year 12 

Changes to Enrichment Year 13 

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