Qualifications

At The Leigh UTC, students who join us in Year 10, at the age of 14, have a wealth of options to choose from. And by studying technical courses and normal GSCE subjects, you benefit from specialising as well as keeping your options open.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to deliver innovative learning and teaching that excites and stretches all of our students. Both the core and optional GCSE programmes offer opportunities across the ability range to make sure you benefit from the most appropriate teaching and support.

Courses you must study

As well as studying your technical qualification, all students will have to study the core curriculum subjects of English, mathematics, sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) and computer science.

Core subjects

  • GCSE English (Language/Literature)
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science (Double/Triple award)
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • Physical Education (not for a qualification)

Core specialist subjects

  • Technical awards in engineering

or

  • Technical awards in computer science

GCSE options taken from

  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Modern Foreign Language
  • GCSE Product Design
  • GCSE Electronics
  • GCSE Art and Design

Professional qualifications

  • Cisco Academy (CCNA certification)
  • Microsoft IT Academy
  • AutoDesk Inventor certification CAD
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Management awards
  • IT essentials

 

Your specialist options

Between the ages of 14 and 16 you will study for a Technical award. This qualification is the initial step on the BTEC ladder of modular courses that focus on learning in a practical way and which lead on to employment, further education and university.

Computing – Certificate in Information and Creative Technology

Students study a number of units that are internally and externally examined. They cover a wide range of areas to give students a solid understanding of all aspects of IT. The course is made up of mandatory and optional units such as technology systems, mobile app development and software development.

Engineering

Students study a number of units that are internally and externally examined. They cover a wide range of areas to give students a solid understanding of all aspects of engineering. The course is made up of mandatory and optional units such as investigating an engineering product, engineering design and electronic circuit design, computer aided design (CAD), welding, fabrication and construction.