Curriculum at 16 & 17

Year 12 & 13 curriculum

Our Key Stage 5 curriculum is designed for ambitious creative thinkers.

The curriculum is divided into two parts:

  • Technical specialism qualification, based on one of four pathways (60%)
  • Complementary A levels and vocational qualifications (40%)

Study your interests

You can combine A levels and BTEC qualifications in combinations to suit you. You will focus on your specific skills and interests, developing them towards a career, whether you decide to take up a job offer at 18 or study further at university.

More than just a qualification

On top of your qualifications learning at the UTC is all about:

  • Access to world-class facilities and equipment used by industry
  • Practical work and project-based learning connected to the working world
  • An opportunity to work with businesses on real-life projects
  • Access to placements and work experience
  • A chance to learn from experts from universities
  • The best advice on your future career options

16-19 Study Programme Requirements

All 16 to 19 students at the UTCMediaCityUK, whether studying academic, applied or technical qualifications, are given the opportunity to take a study programme which reflects their prior attainment, education and career goals. Study programmes include academic or applied and technical qualifications; non-qualification activity including work experience; and the study of English and maths where students do not hold a GCSE graded A*-C in these subjects. Our study programmes are focused on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or other employment.

The goverment document regarding 16-19 programme study requirements are available here:

If you would like more information on how we meet curriculum requirements for our 16-19 year old students please contact our reception team who can direct your enquiry to the relevent people, contact them on either or 0161 661 3947.


The curriculum at 16

Possible Route: 1 2 3
 Equivalent to 2 A levels Diploma in Creative Media Production Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production
Equivalent to 3 A levels
+ A levels Option to study the extended project qualification Option to study the extended project qualification Extended project qualification
A levels All routes will have the option of studying 1-3 A levels from the below list:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Business Studies (BTEC Level 3)

(All courses subject to availability/student uptake)


Other Qualifications Professional qualifications All routes will have the opportunity to study industry specific professional qualifications
Option to study core maths
Students may be able to work towards the Duke of York Award
Entry Profile Suitable for students expecting to achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C grades. UTC@MediaCityUK staff will discuss your options with you based on your GCSE grades to find the most suitable route and course selection for you. Places on A level courses will be based on GCSE grades.
Techbacc In order to achieve a technical baccalaureate, in addition to your Creative Media Production qualification you will also need to study either A level, AS level or core maths and complete the extended project qualification.
What next? University, employment or apprenticeship

For more information on the above courses, please follow the links below to their specifications:
Level 3 BTEC Creative media production
Computer Science
Extended project