The Academy


Our Vision

Our vision is to provide a broad, inclusive health and science curriculum, delivered to the highest standards in partnership with our employer partners. This will ensure that our learners receive personalised, practical experiences, offering opportunities that enrich their experience above and beyond that normally expected and enhancing their employability

We offer Tomorrow’s Education Today

We’re excited and proud to be the first UTC in the UK to specialise in health care and health science, offering learning and career opportunities for young people like no other school or college in the region.
By combining academic study with real-life work projects, personal development activities, and career opportunities our young people will become well-rounded work-ready individuals. They will benefit from a combination of qualified national curriculum teaching and putting their learning into practice in exciting, work-focused projects that are delivered in partnership with employer professionals.
We’re able to deliver this ‘tomorrow’s education today’ concept through robust partnerships with major health, education and public sector organisations. This approach supports the development of academic, practical and life skills in our young people, equipping them to meet the demands from employers for good qualifications, transferable skills and a professional attitude to work – whatever career path they eventually choose. 

We believe that the UTC can provide a set of opportunities and qualifications that will provide an excellent foundation for students to enter the health and care professions.

What is a UTC?

Definition for students:

A University Technical College (UTC) is a special kind of school where students learn about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in a fun and hands-on way. They use professional equipment and have teachers who are experts in their fields. This school is run by companies and universities who want to make sure students are prepared for good jobs when they grow up. Along with regular classes, they also teach skills that are valued by employers and offer project-based learning that helps students develop their personal character. When they finish school, students can go to university, learn on the job, or start work right away.

Definition for parents:

A University Technical College (UTC) is a type of school that focuses on providing a technical education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. These schools are typically run in partnership with local universities and industry partners and offer a curriculum that combines traditional academic subjects with practical, hands-on learning experiences and employability skills training. The goal of a UTC is to prepare students for successful careers in a modern workforce by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in STEM fields.

Supported by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust

Baker Dearing exists only to support University Technical Colleges (UTCs). Established in 2009, Baker Dearing sits at the centre of the UTC network and is uniquely placed to provide co-ordinated support to, and advocacy for, UTCs, as well as communications both within the network and to a broader audience.


Baker Dearing helps UTCs either directly, with its small team of highly experienced staff, or through the commissioning of assistance from others across the network. Individual support targets the unique aspects of a UTC, typically where help does not exist elsewhere in the education system. This includes, but is not limited to, enhancing the delivery of technical education, bolstering student recruitment, strengthening employer and university relationships, improving UTC finances, and assisting UTCs to join multi-academy trusts.