How to apply at Year 10

Students in Year 10 and 11 study core subjects alongside additional GCSE subjects and BTEC qualifications:

Core subjects GCSE Mathematics
GCSE English, English Literature
GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Combined science
Health and Fitness
Personal, Social and Health Education
Specialist option
(choose one)
Engineering or Science
GCSE option 1
(choose up to two)
GCSE Business Studies
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE French
GCSE German
GCSE Art and Design
GCSE History
GCSE Geography

How to apply

Online applications

You can apply online through your local authority  until the 29th November 2019 (Round One allocation). Online applications are processed faster and round one applicants will find out if they have been allocated a place on the 1st March 2020, and will be able to accept the place online.

Oxfordshire County Council

Paper applications

Paper applications (Round Two allocation) can be made until the 21st March 2020. The application form is the same but you will not find out if you have been allocated a place until the 8th May 2020. Simply complete a paper copy of the form and send to your local authority.

Confirm with us

Once you have completed your online or paper application – please confirm your application by completing our Year 10 confirmation form 


 Working with industry – employer led projects

At UTC Oxfordshire, employer led projects (ELPs) are an integral and unique part of our core curriculum, providing the opportunity for students to work at solving real world problems set by science and engineering business partners. ELPs run alongside, and enhance, our technical and academic curriculum. These group tasks develop key employability skills such as communication, creativity, problem solving, leadership, resilience, time management and presentation.

Each ELP runs for about 6 weeks and is part of every students’ weekly timetable.

Week 1: Employer launch

Week 2 – 5: Solving the problem in small groups often with support from final year apprentices within the organisations

Week 6: Presentations to panel of senior staff from the employer partner

Winners receive a variety of rewards ranging from Amazon vouchers to VIP days with the employer.

Past students have said that these projects not only helped develop their transferable skills, but helped them really understand what employers are looking for in their workforce. The work completed each week is mapped against our skills and attributes matrix so students know how they are preparing for the workplace.

“Employer led projects are a win-win for everyone involved. Students benefit because they learn how to improve their employability. Companies benefit because the young people they may ultimately take on have the required skills to help drive future success. I think the partnership between the UTC and MINI Plant Oxford – organisations which are motivated by a passion for engineering and technical excellence – is a great example of what can be achieved in this regard – Steve Houseman, Mini

2017/18 Employer Led Projects

Mini BMW – winners spent a VIP day at Mini Plant Oxford

Oxford Brookes – Microbiology – winners were given the opportunity to present findings at the Microbiology Society annual conference

Air Products – Vouchers

CCFE – Vex robots – Vouchers

CCFE – Nuclear Fusion – Vouchers

Network Rail – VIP Day

 Student Destinations


Local Authorities

 Council             Request a paper application form
Oxfordshire County Council Tel: 01865 815 175
Bracknell Forest Council Tel: 01344 354 023 or 01344 354 144
Reading Borough Council Tel:  01189 372 550
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Tel: 01753 875 728
West Berkshire Council Tel: 01635 519 780 or 01635 519 777
Wokingham Borough Council Tel: 0118 974 6143 or 0118 974 6111

Curriculum overviews

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What our students say