Some schools take pupils at a different age to most secondary schools. The youngest children at these schools are aged 14. This means children can apply to go at the start of Year 10.
These are called university technical colleges or studio schools.
- University technical colleges are set up by universities and business and specialise in one or two technical subjects. In Years 10 and 11 they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject.
- Studio schools are similar to university technical colleges in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school.
You can find further information and contact details for university technical colleges and Studio Schools in the Manchester area at:
We strongly recommend that your child discuss their options with a careers adviser in their current school or college before making any decisions about their future.
If you decide that you would like to apply for a place at any of these schools for your child, you will need to download and print an application form.