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Curriculum: Year 10 entry

Our exciting, challenging and innovative curriculum will offer a wide range of academic and technical study to suit all learners. Our specialisms of electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing match perfectly the rapidly growing demand of local business.

Year 10 Curriculum

Work related learning through industry led projects is at the heart of the curriculum. The delivery of core subjects will be approached from a problem solving perspective and will draw through the experiences of local manufacturing and engineering businesses.
UTC Portsmouth will utilise technology driven learning to provide a strong foundation on which to build students’ future career pathways. The focus on project based learning and education in different environments promotes creative thinking and an entrepreneurial mentality.
Our Years 10–11 curriculum ensures good progression in maths, English and science, with all students studying physics as an essential pre requisite to technical and engineering employment. The progression is strongly linked to employer projects and enrichment opportunities.
Up to 40% of the time at UTC Portsmouth will be spent on engineering and STEM based study. This includes maths and physics as well as vocational engineering and core enrichment activities. The majority of the learning will be practical based and students will have the option for further enrichment in subjects such as engineering projects and

Core GCSEs:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics, chemistry, biology)
  • English literature and English language

GCSE options (2 to be chosen):

  • Design technology
  • Computer science
  • Statistics
  • Geography

Vocational learning:

All students will study OCR National Certificates in ‘Engineering Manufacturing and Engineering’ and ‘Engineering Business’.

Enrichment activities:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Leadership Training
  • Engineering projects


Moving onto UTC Portsmouth Sixth Form

With the right grades, students will be able to progress to our sixth-form to study a range of A Levels and/or vocational courses. Individual programmes will be designed for those not yet ready to study a full Level 3 curriculum. Every effort will be made to ensure students can continue into the sixth-form.

Year 10 curriculum