Who wants to be an engineer? What it means to study in a University Technical College

The British Academy

2013 - 2014

Principal investigators

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker (University of Birmingham)
Email: a.m.bathmaker@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nicola Ingram (University of Bath)
Email: n.ingram@bath.ac.uk

A study of changing provision for 14-19 year olds funded by the British Academy

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) represent a new form of vocational education for young people in England. They are intended to have close links with employers, and to provide clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in work. This research aimed to find out how decisions to attend a UTC are made by young people, and what studying in a UTC involves – how it is similar or different to studying in other secondary schools.

The project involved detailed case studies of UTCs in the Midlands, and explored how UTCs seek to overcome traditional gender and class divisions associated with vocational education in England.