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Welcome to UTC Reading

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.

 Joanne Harper

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:

  • Drawing on the expertise and resources of our industry and academic partners; building and continuously refreshing the curriculum with their guidance and input
  • Establishing Computer Science (which will also help deliver Digital Literacy skills) as a core curriculum subject in UTC Reading at Key Stage 4, and building a technical curriculum that provides specialisations at Key Stage 4 and corresponding progression pathways at Key Stage 5, to include:
    • Programming and software development
    • Networking and communications technologies
    • Engineering and systems

 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:

  • Offering a technical vocational choice for young people aged 14-19
  • An ethos and working day that matches closely with business practice
  • Learning that is delivered through practical work-related projects that foster both collaboration skills and independence
  • Incorporating rich opportunities for informal learning, through project work and enrichment activities
  • Providing state of the art buildings and facilities and recruiting able, motivated and expert staff that match the ambition of the project

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.

Joanne Harper

Should you wish to contact the Principal, please email Jessica Bryant ( or telephone the UTC via reception 01189381020.

  • James Weeks, 18

    I feel like I’m in a forward thinking environment, where we can try out new ideas and get involved in different projects.

  • Rebekah Kinchin, 14

    I’m really enjoying my time at the UTC. I get to study subjects I love every day and use great technology.

  • Sophie Wooldridge, 17

    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. 

  • Samkeliso Kimeinyi, 14

    Alongside my normal classes, I’ve also been working towards professional Microsoft qualifications during independent learning time. 

What our students say

  • "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

  • Education Secretary visits country's first outstanding UTC

    Nicky Morgan visited UTC Reading today (28 January) to meet its staff, students and industry partners.

  • Celebration of success for UTC Reading

    Staff, students, alumni and industry partners congregated at Reading’s Hilton Hotel on Thursday 7 January for an evening of celebration.

  • Computing industry insights at Intel

    Towards the end of last term, a group of Year 13 IT students spent the day at Intel’s site in Swindon. The day was run by intern students, who were on a work placement at Intel between their second and third years of studying at university.

  • Students rise to ‘big data’ challenge

    Young engineers from UTC Reading have been exploring new ways of using ‘big data’ to improve daily life. The students were set the challenge by Peter Brett Associates LLP, a leading development and infrastructure consultancy which is also one of the school’s lead industry partners.

  • Primary school pupils get a taste of engineering

    UTC Reading recently supported a collaborative partner project, welcoming 120 pupils from local primary schools to get a taste of engineering.


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