UTC Reading

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UTC Reading
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TypeUniversity Technical College
MottoTransforming Lives Through Learning
Department for Education URN139268 Tables
PrincipalJonathan Nicholls
Staff50 approx
Age14 to 18
Enrolment500 approx

UTC Reading is a university technical college (UTC) that opened in Reading, Berkshire, England in September 2013. The University of Reading, Reading College and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College are the lead education sponsors of the UTC, while business partners include Agilent Technologies, CGI Group, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Peter Brett Associates LLP and Network Rail.[1][2]


UTC Reading has an annual initial intake of students aged 14 and 16 (academic years 10 and 12). The primary catchment area of the UTC includes Reading, Wokingham, West Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Basingstoke & Deane, Bracknell Forest, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wycombe and Hart. Where the number of applications for admission to the UTC is greater than the number of places, a set percentage of places are allocated for students living in each part of the catchment area.[3]


UTC Reading specialises in computer science and engineering.[4][5] Pupils aged 14 to 16 study a core number of GCSEs and also choose a BTEC First Extended Certificate in either engineering or ICT.[6] Sixth form students choose between the specialisms and then take a programme of related study which can include A Levels, BTECs and GCSEs.[7]


UTC Reading established a Combined Cadet Force (RAF section) in January 2019,[8] which has become very active. The UTC has good links to the British Army (REME) and Royal Navy, taking part in a number of Service challenges each year including the Royal Navy's annual Junior Field Gun Challenge.[9] The UTC is active with F1 in Schools, Greenpower and has a number of STEM clubs such as a "Drones Club". UTC pupils have had some success in the local TeenTech competition.[10]

The UTC also operates a student run online radio station, UTCR.Live. [11] This provides students with leadership experience as well as usage of industry standard equipment. [12][13]

The UTC also strengthens its co-curricular activities by collaborating with local branches of some of the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs), most notable the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.


  1. ^ "Partners | UTC". Utcreading.co.uk. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  2. ^ NetSquared Ltd. Creatively Designed; Technically Astute; Professionally Managed. www.netsquared.com (18 February 2013). ""Full steam ahead" for UTC Reading, Kier News, Kier Group plc". Kier.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Admissions | UTC". Utcreading.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Microsoft Hosts UTC Reading Taster Event". SourceWire. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  5. ^ "University Technical Colleges". Utcolleges.org. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Key Stage 4 Curriculum | UTC". Utcreading.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Sixth Form Options | UTC". Utcreading.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  8. ^ https://www.utcreading.co.uk/news/?pid=18&nid=2&storyid=307
  9. ^ https://www.utcreading.co.uk/news/?pid=18&nid=2&storyid=311
  10. ^ https://www.utcreading.co.uk/news/?pid=18&nid=2&storyid=369
  11. ^ Gantzer, Olivia (5 February 2020). "UTC Reading students develop radio station to build community". The Reading Chronicle. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  12. ^ "UTC Reading Virtual Open Evening".
  13. ^ "Massive thanks to our film crew for tonight's Live Virtual Open Event!". Twitter. Retrieved 14 July 2020.

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