Why switch at 14?

Moving to the UTC at 14

There are many great reasons to choose UTC@MediaCityUK at 14. Here are the top three:

  • You are already passionate about working in this area and want to get a headstart building the skills, knowledge and experience to really succeed in your career
  • Our curriculum is specifically designed to enable you to study what you enjoy whilst developing in-demand industry skills and knowledge
  • We give you the chance to make a seamless transition from GCSE to A levels, to continue your preparation for the world of work or further study beyond that

Be one step ahead

Changing school at 14 is becoming more common. There are already nearly 50 UTCs as well as other schools offering the option to switch between Years 9 and 10. Now is a great time to get ahead of the game and be amongst the first to benefit from the unique opportunities we offer.

What we look for in our students

We welcome applications from students who are passionate about the creation and application of digital content, wherever you live.

There are no fees and no entrance exam or selection criteria to join the UTC at Key Stage 4.

Supporting your move

We provide extensive support to you and your parents to ensure your make a successful and happy transition to the UTC.

  • You will have opportunities to talk to the Principal and staff, to attend workshops in the UTC and the University, and meet the employer partners
  • Once you and your parents have made the decision to come, we will continue to work with your existing school so that you can take advantage of some extended visits to the UTC towards the end of your Year 9 on Saturdays and in the holidays
  • We will prepare an individual travel plan for you, and will have a chance to try out the journey in advance
  • We want every student to be happy and to have the time and contact with our staff to ask any questions, use the resources and equipment, and meet and get to know fellow students

At 14 the only qualification you need is a passion for the creative and digital industries