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The landmark UTC is now the top performing UTC sixth form in the country.

The UTC specialises in creative and digital industries as well as developing an entrepreneurial mindset amongst students. One of the key things that makes the UTC model special is the direct link with industry, giving students the chance to work with partners in MediaCityUK. The UTC’s employer partners since opening include organisations such as ITV, BBC, HOST and The Lowry. Alongside these students have also had the chance to work with Minute Shorts, MC2, Peel Holdings, Salford University, Sky and many others.

The UTC building was formally opened in 2015 by BBC Director-General Tony Hall, who said:

This college is nurturing the next generation of creative talent – the next generations of digital innovators. You can just sense a real entrepreneurial spirit, here and there’s a great sense of adventure already

This remains the vision the UTC. The UTC Curriculum responds to employer demand, drawing from the skills of partners across the area. It provides a new opportunity for young people from Salford and the wider North West area.

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The UTC joined the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust in September 2018. It retains strong partnerships with the University of Salford and The Lowry, both original sponsors of the college.

In 2023 42% of all A Level results were A* and A grades. Students achieved an average grade of D*DD in their BTEC qualifications, which made the UTC the top performing UTC at sixth form in 2023.

In September 2023 Sharon Cross was appointed as Head of School with Colin Grand moving into the role of Executive Principal of the UTC.

Read more about UTC@MediaCityUK Principal Colin Grand

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