Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Schools and Education Icon

Atypical age range admission schools

Some secondary schools have atypical admission ages. This means they accept pupils from years other than the normal Year 7 intake, usually in Year 10. You should look at the GCSE curriculum at your child's current school to help consider what the best option is for the next two years of your child's education.

There are two types of schools with atypical admission ages:

University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

These are set up by universities and businesses and specialise in one or two technical subjects. At GCSE they offer a similar curriculum to a typical 11-18 secondary school, including the basics of English and Maths as well as their specialist subject.

Studio Schools

These are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing the skills needed for employment; involving personal coaching and work experience alongside a similar curriculum to a typical 11-18 secondary.

Find out more about University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools on GOV.UK.

Below you can view a list of schools in the north east / North Yorkshire area with atypical admission ages which you may want to look into for a place for your child in Year 10.

All schools have a statutory duty to secure impartial careers guidance for all Year 8 to Year 13 students to inspire young people to fulfil their potential and to make them aware of all opportunities open to them. We strongly recommend that your child discuss their options with a Careers Adviser in their current school or college.

If you decide that you would like to find out more or apply for a place at any of these schools for your child we suggest you contact the school directly.

UTCs in the north east and North Yorkshire

Name Contact details Description
NE Futures UTC

Address: Stephenson Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AS

Phone: 0191 917 9888

NE Futures UTC website

NE Futures UTC offers innovative ways of learning for 14-19 year olds, centred around specialist projects which will bring learning to life.

Students gain practical experience with employers, which sits alongside and complements the mainstream GCSE and A-Level curriculum.

The UTC's specialisms cover creative, exciting and cutting-edge industries that need bright, skilled and enthusiastic young people. It provides pathways to employment in IT and healthcare sciences. Students could gain skills in, for example, game development, artificial intelligence, or developing healthcare treatments.

The curriculum is designed to prepare young people for the world of work and is tailored to what employers need to help create growth and jobs in our economy.

Scarborough UTC

Address: 1 Ashburn Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2JW

Phone: 01723 821621

Scarborough UTC website

Scarborough UTC is a 14-19 school, sponsored by leading employers in the fields of engineering and product design, as well as the University of Hull.

Alongside core GCSEs and A-Levels in subjects such as English, mathematics, and science, students can study Level 2 and Level 3 technical qualifications in engineering and product design.

Scarborough UTC's employer- and university-led curriculum is innovative and engaging. It combines technical, practical and academic learning to provide a rounded education to students, ensuring they leave with the wide range of skills they need to progress to the university of their choice, onto an advanced apprenticeship or straight into fulltime employment.

UTC South Durham

Address: Long Tens Way, Aycliffe Business Park, DL5 6AP

Phone: 01325 430250

UTC South Durham website

Founded by the University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent.

Students in Years 10 and 11 study engineering along with the core GCSE subjects of English language and literature, mathematics, sciences, and a range of other GCSEs. They visit companies and undertake projects led by local businesses.

UTC South Durham's employer- and university-led curriculum is innovative and engaging. It combines technical, practical, and academic learning to provide a rounded education to students, ensuring they leave with the wide range of skills they need to progress to the university of their choice, onto an advanced apprenticeship, or straight into fulltime employment.