What Makes Us Different.

Aston University Engineering Academy and Aston University Sixth Form make up Birmingham’s University Technical College.

We teach students technical, scientific and business subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, health scientists, business and finance leaders of tomorrow.

A key aspect of What makes us different’ is our focus on the wider enrichment through our employer linked project curriculum, ensuring that students leave Aston University Engineering Academy and Aston University Sixth Form with not only high academic outcomes but a wider holistic experience, ensuring education for life and skills for the future. This maximises their potential for employment and higher education.

Why Choose

Nearly double the amount of students go to University from Aston University Sixth Form.

of students went on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or started a job compared with 89% nationally.
of AUEA students went on to University and Apprenticeship schemes compared to 48% nationally.
of AUEA students went on to University compared with 50% nationally.
of AUEA students progress direct to our sponsor Aston University.

Quotes and Achievements.

Education Awards

Winner of Outstanding support for students

Education Awards 2019

Winner of STEM provider of the Year

Education Awards 2018

Gold Ers Award 2021

Employer Recognition Scheme


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Awarded Royal Navy UTC Charter

““UTCs impress me because they are not just training the next generation of STEM professionals and developing a much-needed skills pipeline to the careers of the future. They are offering their students the opportunity to make the important connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the real world.””
- Tim Peake, , ESA, NASA Astronaut
“2.6 Million Engineering Jobs will be need filling nationally by 2024, which in the West Midlands alone means that 24.6% of all students leaving school need to enter Engineering, just to fill the local demand”
- EngineeringUK, 2017
“A UTC provides a special environment that offers business-led and business-like education supporting the skills needs of companies such as Jaguar Land Rover. The delivery of business-supported projects is an excellent way of embedding industry-relevant knowledge.”
- José Lopes, Head of Business Engagement, West Midlands Combined Authority

Knowledge For Life.

University Technology Colleges (UTCs) are government-funded schools that offer 13-19 year olds a great deal more than traditional schools.They teach students technical and scientific subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

What is a UTC?

Skills For The Future.

The UK needs advanced technical skills at all levels if we are to prosper in the 21st Century. Whether in manufacturing, wind farms, rail links or hi-tech hospitals we need a workforce that can develop new products, stretch and reuse existing products, and meet all the challenges of the future.

UTCs are meeting the needs of the skill gap and since 2016 more than 30,000 students have been able to follow this technical education pathway. 


Aston University Birmingham

Aston University Engineering Academy and Aston University Sixth Form has exciting links with a wide range of partners to ensure that the academy has an industrial focused curriculum.

These partners support us in many different ways by advising on skills need, providing focused work placements, running workshops, supporting curriculum design and providing specialist industry equipment.

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