Studio schools and university technical colleges are new types of schools for 14 to 19 year olds which offer practical learning combined with academic study.

If you have a child due to move into year 10 in September you can apply for a place at a Studio School or University Technical College instead of staying at their current school.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) 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 to 18 secondary school. They were set up to encourage young people to study technical subjects and sciences and give them the opportunity to learn the skills that employers are looking for.

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, alongside a similar curriculum to a typical 11 to 18 secondary school.

Several studio schools and university technical colleges have opened near Bristol and are listed below. You can apply for a place if you live in Bristol.

Digitech Studio School

If you live in Bristol and want to apply to the Digitech Studio School:

  • for a place for September 2024 you should apply to your home local authority
  • if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan don't apply to School Admissions, email the Special Educational Needs Team at for how to apply
  • you must use your child's legal name on the application


Apply online from 12 September 2023 for Digitech for September 2024.

Apply online Digitech for Sept 2024

You'll need to apply by 31 October 2023.

 Other ways to apply

 Fill in and return the document studio school and university technical college application form Go to index.php?option=com_docman&view=document&alias=2789-utc-and-studio-school-application-form&category_slug=documents&Itemid=159 (opens new window) (46 KB) . The form will be available from 12 September 2023.

We'll write to you on 1 March 2024 to tell you if you have a place.

For all other studio schools or UTC apply direct to the school or college. See their websites for how to apply.

Bath and North East Somerset (BANES)

IKB Academy

68 Bath Road,Keynsham,Bristol, BS31 1SP

call: 0117 916 1025



The Somerest Studio School

Knobsbury Lane, Writhlington, Radstock, BA3 3NQ

call: 01761 438 557


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SGS Berkeley Green UTC

See website for details of open days.

Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, Berkeley, GL13 9FB

call: 0800 470 1516



Contact information

School admissions

Bristol City Council
PO Box 3399
Bristol BS1 9NE

To contact us, fill in our school admissions contact form.

Tel: 0117 903 7694

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