Frequently asked questions

What are UTCs?
University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are schools for students aged 14 to 19 specialising in technical studies and sponsored by a university. They offer:

  • Full-time courses which combine practical, technical and academic studies
  • A longer day to mirror the workplace
  • Support from employer partners, who are involved from the start to help shape the curriculum
  • Clear routes to higher level apprenticeships or university degrees – The UTC will help students decide which is the best route for them.
What are the benefits of study at a UTC?
  • Our courses offer practical as well as academic studies, which is more beneficial for some young people
  • Employers have been involved from the start in shaping the curriculum. They help ensure the qualifications the students gain are what they require and get to know them on work placements
  • Students can go onto higher level apprenticeships, employment or university
What are the benefits of specialising at 14?
Some young people know early on what they want to do in their future career, so why not start developing their future plans now? The extended offering at a UTC provides a whole year of extra teaching for every two years the student is with us due to the longer working day. This gives students more time to develop the additional skills required by employers.
What is your catchment area?
Our catchment area is a 12-mile radius catchment from Northwood Hills. This includes the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and parts of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We will carefully consider students from outside the catchment area, and recruitment is more likely to be based on access to the TfL network. Heathrow UTC catchment area map
Do you provide transport to the UTC?
Our school is well served by the Metropolitan Line and local bus network. As part of our Green Travel Plan, we do not allow older students to bring cars to the UTC.
My young person has Special Educational Needs, will you be able to support them?
Yes, the UTC adheres to the Special Education Needs Code of Practice, which guides the UTC’s Special Educational Needs policy.
Are you offering free school meals?
Yes, for those who meet the appropriate criteria.
What extra-curricular activities are available?
Life at Heathrow UTC isn’t ‘all work and no play’. We understand how extra curricular activities can help students to develop valuable life skills, so offer a range of clubs and persuits including the Combined Cadet Force, National Citizen Service, sports, competitions, clubs, trips and visits.
How is the UTC managed?
The UTC is a state funded independent school and is overseen by its Board of Governors.