Our students learn the Core curriculum subjects of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Double Science, Computer Science and Physical Education. They also complete engineering courses in line with the UTC’s specialism, beginning with BTEC Engineering at Level 2 in Year 10 and supplemented with additional courses when they reach Year 11.

Core learning will not take place in isolation but will increasingly be integrated with technical learning and set in the context of engineering in the building and/or health sectors. Unusually for a school, students will be given opportunities to sit professional qualifications normally reserved for adults in employment, including Microsoft Office, Adobe and Autodesk qualifications.

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Core and Additional Science
  • Computer Science
  • BTEC First Award in Engineering
  • BTEC First Award in Business
  • Relgious studies (short course)

Our curriculum has been designed to offer a broad, balanced education focused around technical subjects and the development of employability skills. Unlike most traditional schools, students do not have access to a wide range of optional subjects initially. Rather, the curriculum offers a pathway into further technical education with the development of academic and practical skills which will benefit students as they progress towards university, employment or training.

Students are not taught modern foreign languages as part of their timetabled curriculum. However, the UTC offers language courses as part of the enrichment programme, and many students with community languages will be supported to access GCSEs.

All students at the UTC will sit at least eight GCSE or equivalent qualifications, ensuring they are able to meet the entry criteria for sixth form provision both at the UTC and elsewhere. All our students will complete sufficient qualifications to be able to achieve positive outcomes in the new Attainment 8 and Progress 8 performance measures.

BTEC Courses

High-quality vocational courses are central to the curriculum offer at South Bank Engineering UTC. At Key Stage 4, all students will follow at least one of the high-status BTEC courses.

Designed to meet the needs of employers, BTEC qualifications are work-related qualifications for learners taking their first steps into employment, progressing through their careers or planning to enter university.

Students will spend significant curriculum time in Year 10 completing work on their BTEC First Award in Engineering. This hands-on course will give our students opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of engineering. Students will use a range of practical equipment and have access to our employers through this course. They will use ICT including CAD (Computer-Aided Design) to enhance their studies.

In addition to the BTEC Extended Certificate, students will benefit from additional courses into Year 11. These will include highly engaging, specialist courses such as TLM Smart Product Design, equivalent to one further GCSE.


Our UTC recognises the importance of PE, Sport and Health within the curriculum. These will not be taught in isolation but will be related to the UTC’s specialism wherever possible. Students will be encouraged not only to learn about healthy living and healthy lifestyles but also to adopt these within their own lives.

This will include both physical exercise within sport and PE at Key Stage 4 and will also embrace the development of positive approaches to emotional and mental health and well-being, including an appropriate work-life balance and developing personal interests through the enrichment programme.


Homework is set by curriculum departments on designated days, as detailed on this page.