Key Stage 4

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 IT

GCSE options taken from

  • Art and Design
  • Design Technology
  • Health and Fitness

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.

IT – Digital IT

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.

Year 10 Subject Booklet 2020-21

Q&A with Nester

Year 11 student Nester Hakata is positive her studies at The Leigh UTC will help her fulfill her dream of becoming an architect.

Why did you choose The Leigh UTC?

Because it gives me greater opportunities for my future than any other schools.

What are you studying and why?

I’m currently working towards my GCSEs in English, maths, science as well as art, ICT and computer science.  These subjects will support me with my aspirations to be an architect.

What’s The Leigh UTC like?

It’s a very friendly environment.  Students are focused and get on well.

What’s your favourite lesson and why?

Art and design, because I’m passionate about painting and designing, and it links to my dreams of being an architect.

What is the best thing about the UTC?

The Leigh UTC environment feels less like a school and has a more creative atmosphere.  Students and staff have a mutual respect for each other.

What’s been your best project and why?

My final art project because I’m creative and passionate when it comes to art and design.  It was a montage about me, my culture and family.  This enabled me to use the skills I have developed at The Leigh UTC.

What do you want to do when you leave The Leigh UTC?

I’d like to go to university and study architecture.