Year 10 Curriculum

Our curriculum from Year 10 is different to what you find at other schools as 60-80% of it is spent on STEM based study. This includes maths and physics as well as vocational engineering and core enrichment activities. It is an academic curriculum with elements delivered in a practical way.

Some of the learning is linked to employer projects and enrichment opportunities so that essential life skills are applied across all areas of learning. Our GCSE offer is focused on enhancing students’ STEM skills and knowledge to prepare them for a successful and rewarding career. Students complete the equivalent of ten GCSEs with us.

Core GCSEs:

  • Mathematics
  • Triple Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • English literature and English language

GCSE options (Two from the following):

  • Statistics
  • Design Technology
  • Computer science
  • Geography

Vocational learning

All students will study OCR National Certificates in ‘Engineering Manufacture' and 'Principles of Engineering & Engineering Business’, which give the equivalent of two additional GCSEs.


Enrichment and training

Enrichment is a core component of every students' study programme and takes place during the college day. Students are able to select from a number of activities, all of which offer them skills that relate to our values.

Examples of training options are:

  • Microsoft office specialist
  • AutoCAD
  • Leadership training
  • Engineering projects

Examples of enrichment options are:

  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • College journalism
  • Chess
  • Reverse engineering

Progression to UTC Portsmouth Sixth Form

We encourage all students applying to join us from year 10 to consider staying with us for sixth from to enable them to benefit from being with us for four years rather than just two. With the appropriate grades, students will be able to progress to our sixth form, enabling them to follow one of our three study pathways that all lead to university, employement or an apprenticeship.

Hear from our Year 10s what they enjoy most about studying with us.