Catchment area

UTC Oxfordshire recruits students from a 15 mile catchment area that includes Oxfordshire, Newbury and Reading.




UTC Oxfordshire recruits a balanced intake of students across the ability range in each year of entry.

The catchment area covers an area within a 15 mile radius of Didcot. Grouped postcode areas are used to ensure a geographical spread. A set proportion of places are allocated to young people living in each postcode area. This means that applicants living anywhere in the catchment area would be given equal consideration regardless of the proximity of their home address to the UTC.

Where the number of applicants for admission is greater than the published admissions number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where UTC Oxfordshire is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in this order:

  • looked after children
  • siblings of students in attendance at the UTC in Years 10 to 12
  • 30% of places to applications within catchment area one, which includes all postcodes in OX 10, OX 11 and OX 14
  • 30% of places to applications within catchment area two, which includes all postcodes in OX 1, OX 4, OX 12, OX 13, OX 44, OX 49, RG14, RG18 and RG20
  • 30% of places to applications within catchment area three, which includes all postcodes in OX 2, OX 3, OX 9, OX 18, OX 28, OX 29, OX 33, RG4, RG8, RG9, RG17, RG31 and SN7

The remaining 10% of places would be allocated to pupils living outside of the postcodes listed above, with those living closest to the front gates of the UTC (straight line distance) being admitted.

If any of the areas are undersubscribed, the places from such areas would be randomly allocated to applicants in oversubscribed area/s.

Click here for the admissions policy for UTC Oxfordshire.