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More Options for Study at 14


Posted on: 13th September 2019

Some schools and colleges in Leeds have atypical admission ages so admit students at a different age to typical 11-18 secondary schools. These are additional options available at age 14 and does not mean you are required to move your child from their existing school if this is still the best option for them.

As your child begins Year 9 they will be discussing these options in more detail with their careers advisers at school. You should look at the GCSE curriculum on offer at your child’s current school alongside the opportunities below, to help consider what is the best option for the next two years of your child’s education.

Leeds University Technical College (UTC Leeds)

UTC Leeds is a school/ college for 14 -19 year old students that would like to specialise in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Your son or daughter would leave their current school and join in either Year 10 or Year 12. Students in Year 10 follow the usual GCSE subjects including Maths, English Language and Literature, Sciences as well as Computer Science and Geography. Alongside these subjects they will study Engineering Manufacture, and then a choice of either Engineering design or Systems and Control.

Location: UTC Leeds, 2 Sayner Road, Leeds, LS10 1LA
Contact: 0113 353 0140 or

Number of Year 10 places: 120

You can find out more information about open days, view their Admissions Policy and register online via their website, or alternatively contact them via the telephone number or email address above.

Leeds City College 14+ Apprenticeship Academy

In September 2013 Leeds City College opened its 14+ Apprenticeship Academy. Your son or daughter would leave their current school and join from Year 10. Students complete a range of GCSEs including English, Maths, Science, ICT, Business and Citizenship. Alongside these subjects they will learn vocationally relevant skills in work environments, for example in the college’s Food Academy restaurant, butchery, engineering workshops or hairdressing salons. Students also participate in work experience placements.

Location: Leeds City College, Apprenticeship Academy, Park Lane Campus, Leeds, LS3 1AA
Contact: 0113 284 6493 or

Number of Year 10 places: 65

You can find out more information about open days via their website For a copy of their Admissions Policy and application form please contact them via the number or email address above.

Further Information Advice and Guidance

All schools and academies are required, by law, to provide impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance to young people in Years 8 to 11 to inspire young people to fulfill their potential and make them aware of all opportunities open to them. Young people discuss their possible Year 10 learning pathways with their careers adviser in school.