Dress code

Uniform for Key Stage 4:

We want our students to feel work ready: to feel confident when meeting employers, pitching ideas or delivering products.  Instead of a traditional school uniform, we have a technical dress code that all students follow.

  • UTC polo shirt with logo – (is purchased online)
  • UTC hoodie with logo – (is purchased online)
  • Plain black trousers, skirt (with black tights) or jeans – no rips or branding
  • Plain black shoes, boots or trainers
  • UTC colour-coded lanyard with ID badge – provided on enrolment

Uniform shop: UTC@MediaCityUK

School Colours Direct will have a new on line shop from 8th February and the current one will close on 29th January.

You will need to set up a new account to log in, but if you do need any historical information you can contact  enquiries@schoolcoloursdirect.co.uk

When selecting garments required on the web shop, it is always best to also select gender and product type for them to appear in a more logical order on screen

PE Uniform

  • UTC T-shirt or hoodie – purchase online
  • Black jogging bottoms
  • General purpose trainers

Uniform for Key Stage 5:

The post-16 dress code requires students to dress appropriately for the roles in the creative industries that they are preparing for.  They must always appear smart and professional, no shorts, no ripped jeans, no exposed shoulders, toes or tummies, no leggings.


We are a creative environment, and we are happy for students in all year groups to express their individuality through their clothing, hair style and make up, as long as they meet the requirements of the dress code for their year group, and any subject- or task-specific health and safety requirements.

The Principal takes the final decision regarding the suitability of clothing and appearance. If students are uncertain whether a particular item complies with the dress code, it is always better to check in advance with the Principal or another member of the Senior Leadership Team.  In cases where the Principal feels that a student’s appearance does not meet the dress code,  the student may be withdrawn from lessons and/or required to return home to change. If a student is required to return home, the parent will be informed prior to the student leaving the site.


All students are expected to have a reasonable size bag (to carry A4 books). Due to COVID-19, all students will need to carry their books with them (replacement of lost book £2.00) unless they are being collected in for marking. Lockers are provided (students must have a suitable padlock).

Essential stationary (this applies to key stage 4):

  • Pencil case
  • At least 2 black pens
  • At least 2 pencils
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Scientific calculator
  • Protractor

Uniform and equipment will be checked daily by the form tutor in order to ensure that students are properly equipped for learning. Due to COVID-19 measures, we are unable to lend students equipment. If they are without the correct equipment, they will be able to purchase a temporary equipment pack from the reception for 50p that will have a pen and pencil in it.