Post-16 – STEM Careers

The Leigh UTC has a clear vision to be a distinctive education provider for outstanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. Our newly built centre of excellence will enable up to 600 young people from the region to learn from a personalised curriculum, which emphasises the practical application of academic and vocational learning.

Through our specialisms we will raise standards across the UTC, expecting all students to excel. We will develop the next generation of ‘world class’ engineers by inspiring them passionately through a diverse curriculum delivered by a combination of Higher Education sector staff, Business entrepreneurs and UTC staff.


The Leigh UTC Sixth Form offers the chance to tailor studies to fit into individual interests, abilities and ambitions.  All the students need to do is determine which specialism to take – Computer Science or Engineering and then you can decide what additional subjects you want to take alongside this such as ‘A’ levels, AS levels and professional qualifications.

Computer Science

A BTEC Level 3 course at The Leigh UTC will open up technical career opportunities in IT, programming and software development or networking and communications.



A BTEC Level 3 course at The Leigh UTC will open up engineering career opportunities in civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems.

People with STEM qualifications are very employable. Choosing science, technology, engineering and maths subjects opens up options later in life. The CBI (the Confederation of British Industry) estimates that:

  • By  2020 the UK will need 3.2 million more people working in science and technology based jobs.
  • 59% of employers expect to find difficulty recruiting enough people with STEM qualifications in the next 3 years.
  • STEM careers lead to good salaries later in life: Graduates earn £160,000 more than non-graduates in their working lifetime, and STEM graduates tend to earn nearly £250,000 more.
  • Chemistry and physics graduates will earn on average over 30% more during their working lifetimes than other A-level holders.
  • Many large businesses offering STEM based apprenticeships pay for apprentices to go on to take a university degree – eg: in telecoms BT, in aerospace Rolls-Royce, in energy British Gas, in accountancy KPMG.

For further STEM Careers guidance, facts and information see