Black Country University Technical College

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Black Country University Technical College
Motto Bringing engineering and science to life...
Established 2011
Type University Technical College
Location Vernon Way
Bloxwich, Walsall
West Midlands
52°37′13″N 2°01′47″W / 52.62035°N 2.02983°W / 52.62035; -2.02983Coordinates: 52°37′13″N 2°01′47″W / 52.62035°N 2.02983°W / 52.62035; -2.02983
DfE number 335/4000
DfE URN 136933 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Ages 14–19

Black Country University Technical College is a university technical college (UTC) located in the Bloxwich area of Walsall, West Midlands, England. The University of Wolverhampton and Walsall College are the lead academic sponsors of the UTC, and Siemens acts as the lead business partner for the UTC.


Black Country UTC opened in September 2011, and was the second university technical college to open in England as part of the university technical colleges programme.[1] The UTC is located on the site of the former Sneyd Comprehensive School, a secondary school in Walsall which closed during the Summer of 2011 due to falling pupil numbers.[2] The school site was extensively refurbished to accommodate the new UTC. A second phase of renovation is due for completion in September 2013.[1]


The UTC specialises in engineering and science, and offers education for pupils aged 14 to 19. At ages 14–16, all pupils study a Higher Diploma in Engineering or BTEC First Diploma in Engineering in conjunction with a range of GCSE options. For sixth form education, students can choose between three routes of study:

  • The Technical and Academic studies route requires all students to study an Advanced Engineering Diploma or a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering. In addition, all students are expected to study the German language. Students can also choose to study between 1 and 3 other subjects in addition to their core engineering studies.
  • The Apprenticeships route requires all students to study a Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering on a full time or day release basis in conjunction with Walsall College.
  • The Pre Apprenticeship routes requires all students to study a Performing Engineering Operations course, a BTEC First in Engineering and Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT. Students also have the opportunity to retake GCSE English and Maths.


  1. ^ a b "Black Country UTC opens for learning". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ Nick Mashiter's Olympics diary. "Closure date decision over doomed Sneyd Community School « Express & Star". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 

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