Studio schools and university technical colleges for 14 to 19 year olds
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 2018 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.
Read the information about UTC and Studio school on page 64 in our guide for parents and carers on applying for a secondary school place for 2018–2019 (pdf, 14.2MB) (opens new window) .
How to apply for a place
If you live in Bristol and want to apply to Digitech Studio School or North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College:
Applications made after the closing date of midnight on 31 October 2017, will be processed after 1 March 2018.
If you're applying online you'll need to register for an account on our new online admissions system to apply for a school or college place.
Other ways to applyFill out and return the application form (pdf, 27k) (opens new window) to Bristol City Council
We'll write to you on 1 March 2018 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 .
Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy
Open evenings 6.30pm on Thurday 28 September and Thursday 12 October. Call or email the school to book your place giving the prospective student's name, contact number and preferred date.
New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SF
call: 0117 983 8080
Digitech Studio School
Tower Road North, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8XQ
call: 0117 992 7100
North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College
Weston College Academy, Beaufighter Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 8EE.
call: 01934 411 477
Bath and North East Somerset
The Mendip Studio School
Knobsbury Lane, Writhlington, Radstock, BA2 2NQ
call: 01761 438 557
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Studio School
68 Bath Road,Keynsham,Bristol, BS31 1SP
call: 0117 916 1025
The Bath Studio School
Frome Road, Bath BA2 5RF
call: 01225 831 933
SGS Berkeley Green UTC
Open day 10 to 1pm Saturday 30 September 2017. See website for details.
Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, Berkeley, GL13 9FB
call: 0800 470 1516