The aim of the college is to give prospective students a more flexible route into a job or university. The college will specialise in health sciences and engineering, subjects that are very much in demand for employers and there are many employers around Bolton who need people with these skills. The curriculum will combine academic, technical and practical learning with an industry focus, so academic subjects will still be taught.
The college will be for 14-19 year olds and will prepare all of them for a successful career in a technical field, or for further training in the form of an apprenticeship or further or higher education.
Every student will get a minimum of 50 days’ work experience and enjoy extended teaching hours to allow for more teaching days, but will receive no formal homework, as time will be set aside to do this during the day. The expected hours will be 8.30am-5.15pm. They’ll have access to plenty of extra-curricular activities too like the Duke of Edinburgh award and sports clubs.
Modern spacious classrooms will be built as the UTC aims to build an outstanding environment to inspire their students. The very latest equipment and technology will be used by the students to support their learning.
The University of Bolton will manage the college and be helped by local businesses. Local companies will also provide problems for students to study in the classroom. Some of the partners of the UTC include Bolton College, Bolton School and The Royal Air Force.
When the college is open in September 2015 it expected 240 students will be enrolled with hopes to increase this to 600 students by 2017.
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