What are the benefits of studying 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 typical class sizes at UTC Heathrow?
In Year 10 and 11, we try to keep class sizes as small as possible, approximately 20-25 where we can. In Sixth Form, this will depend on the qualification and unit. A-level classes are approximately 15-20, but could be less. In the technical qualifications, it will depend on the unit that is being followed; for example, a mandatory core unit could be delivered to 35-40 students but specialist units could be delivered to 20-25 students.

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.

What is the reason to start in year 10?
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.

I have submitted an application, what next?
On receipt of your application form we will send you an acknowledgement and then invite you to meet with us.

If you’d like to discuss anything about admissions before completing the application form, please email our Admissions Manager, Louise Dwyer.

Are there any fees?
No – UTCs are free.

What is the pastoral care like at UTC Heathrow?
An effective pastoral system is essential for the UTC. We have a pastoral support manager for Years 10 and 11, and one for Sixth Form.

You can contact them via email:

Are free school meals available?
All pupils eligible for free school meals have that entitlement.

Is the UTC subject to Ofsted and league tables?

Is it just for boys?
Certainly not. While we have a high percentage of boys, our female students are growing in number each year. We even hold special events just for girls to encourage women into science, technology, engineering and maths. There are opportunities for everyone at UTC Heathrow.

Am I allowed to leave my old school? The government sends out a letter to families each year, explaining that students may switch schools for year 10 if they choose to. This letter is sent out to parents in September each year and then families can apply for a place at UTC Heathrow.


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