Applications Open For Crewe Engineering & Design UTC

  • Students advised to apply early as interest grows
  • Next key stage for £10 million central Crewe Engineering & Design UTC
  • Apply online at new website 

(Crewe, 02 July 2015)
Applications to study at the first University Technical College in Cheshire, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC, have today opened. Students are advised to apply early amid growing interest, with over 300 students having already registered their intention to study at the school.  

Crewe Engineering & Design UTC will open in September 2016 at the refurbished 6,238m² Victoria Centre in central Crewe, following a £10.6 million government investment programme. Students can find more information and apply at the newly developed Crewe Engineering & Design UTC website,

The school will deliver exciting and engaging courses to 14-18 year olds, alongside business and academic partners such as Bentley Motors, OSL Rail, Manchester Metropolitan University, Siemens, Bosch, Chevron Racing, Optical 3D and Unipart Logistics.

Commenting on the latest UTC developments, Dr Georgina Harris, Chair of the UTC Board of Members and Head of Mechanical Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University, said:

“Crewe Engineering & Design UTC offers young people the opportunity to follow their passion for Design and Engineering. The curriculum has been developed to combine real-world engineering innovation challenges alongside academic and vocational qualifications. For students who wish to tackle society’s grand challenges and who are looking for a varied and exciting career with excellent employability prospects; this school is for you!

“We will open with a maximum of 200 students and we expect places to fill up very quickly. I would urge the future engineers of Crewe and their parents to sign up to the waiting list as soon as possible.”

Applications to be part of the September 2016 intake must be made by 31st January 2016. There are 100 places for Year 10 students, and 100 places for Year 12 students in the first year. Students that live in Crewe, Congleton, Nantwich, Macclesfield and the wider Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Staffordshire areas can apply.

Construction on the Victoria Centre campus will commence later this year, including a new 3,367m² building, and a complete refurbishment of the existing site. The Victoria Centre has been a Crewe landmark for over 100 years, with a strong academic association. Cheshire East Council has played a pivotal role in the project and will ensure the current community centre will have an alternative accommodation in Crewe. Plans of how the school will look will be revealed towards the end of the summer.

Following a very successful consultation earlier this year, over 300 students have already expressed an interest in attending Crewe Engineering & Design UTC.

The organisations involved in developing the school are shaping the vocational education curriculum, which will offer a fun way to learn through hands on experience, on real business issues. This will not only be led by all businesses involved, but by a Principal who will be announcing in the coming weeks, leading a team of teachers with engineering and design industry experience.


Notes to editors
Crewe Engineering & Design University Technical College
Crewe Engineering & Design University Technical College is a new educational offering for Crewe and will open in September 2016. The school will offer engaging courses for 14-18 year olds, combining both vocational and academic training. There are a number of academic and industry partners involved in shaping the curriculum, including Bentley Motors, OSL Rail, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire East Council, Siemens, Bosch, Chevron Racing, Optical 3D, Unipart Logistics, and South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.