UTC Reading is a University Technical College that delivers computer science and engineering excellence for 14-19 year olds within a 15 mile radius of the campus.
We aim to educate and train the next generation of technicians, engineers and industrial innovators.
Our vision is for our students to be inspired by the relevance and challenge of solving real-life industrial and community problems. They will rapidly gain the confidence and both the technical and personal skills to become the creative contributors on whom our businesses and public services can rely for shaping and driving the future of our society.
The ethos of the UTC is inclusive, enabling and non-hierarchical. Every student and member of staff is encouraged and expected to continuously strive for improvement, setting themselves goals that are both personally challenging and constructive for the community as a whole. In a climate of mutual support and respect, individuals gain the motivation to work with initiative and independence and also the self-confidence to ask questions and to seek the help of others.
We achieve this by:
As a lead school for computing at school (CAS) we engage with local primary and secondary schools to raise the level of interest amongst students in taking computer science and engineering by:
UTC Reading is a very special place created through a partnership between industry and education. Our new approach to the curriculum, grounded in traditional values, provide a great foundation for your future.
Not only will you have the opportunity to follow your areas of interest in either computing or engineering while studying for your traditional qualifications, you will also learn invaluable practical skills from the best in the industry. We are confident that students who attend UTC Reading will be given the best start with a variety of progression routes into employment and further or higher education.
I feel like I’m in a forward thinking environment, where we can try out new ideas and get involved in different projects.
I’m really enjoying my time at the UTC. I get to study subjects I love every day and use great technology.
I joined UTC Reading as I want to specialise in computer science. It also means I can get my A-levels in maths and physics.
Alongside my normal classes, I’ve also been working towards professional Microsoft qualifications during independent learning time.
"Too many school and college leavers lack the abilities employers look for. UTCs give employers the chance to do something about it at the local level. We’re directly involved in UTC Reading designing the curriculum, choosing qualifications and delivering exciting projects which bring learning to life." -- Nigel Ward, Network Rail
A team from The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) spent the afternoon with some of our Year 10 engineering students.
Our first taster event of 2015 was a great success with potential Year 10 and 12 students coming along to find out more about the UTC.
We officially became the country’s first Fujitsu Ambassador and opened our new Innovation Hub.
Within their companies, students have been challenged to plan and design the classroom of the future, including it physical and virtual security.
Throughout the autumn term, students at UTC Reading have been working on an industry-based challenge set by Network Rail, FileMaker UK and Sytel Reply.