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Admission to schools that start in Year 10 - University Technology College (UTC) or Studio Schools

Most children aged 14 years will continue with their education at the secondary school they are already attending. Although this will be the best option for the vast majority of children this age, there other options available.

Schools which admit pupils at the beginning of Year 10 are called University Technology Colleges (UTCs) or Studio Schools. These schools offer a range of educational programmes which can lead to useful qualifications and progression to further learning, apprenticeship or employment.

There are currently no UTCs or Studio Schools in Barnet, so parents who choose to apply for a place at these schools will need to consider the travelling distance and journey involved.

University Technology Colleges (UTCs)

UTCs are set up by universities and business and specialise in one or two technical subjects. In years 10 and 11 they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject. You can find out more at www.utcolleges.org/utcs/

Studio Schools

Studio schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school. You can find out more at www.studioschoolstrust.org/

List of all schools (PDF) in the London and surrounding areas which admit pupils into Year 10. The application process is set out on the website for each school.


  • School Admissions
  • Building 2
    North London Business Park
    Oakleigh Road South
    N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 7651
  • FAX: 087 0889 6799
  • Email: school.admissions@barnet.gov.uk

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