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Life at Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy

Key Stage 4 - Year 10 & Year 11

At BTEA, the Engineering-centred curriculum shaped by BTEA sponsors, including UWE, Rolls Royce, Airbus and GKN ensures students a fully immersive experience in real-world science, technology and engineering industries. Alongside our academic curriculum students, will engage with careers guidance, work experience, personal, social and health education, Physical Education plus a wide range of extra-curricular activities run in conjunction with Abbeywood.

Many BTEA students stay with us to study level 3 (A Levels) benefitting from the largest Post 16 curriculum offer in South Glos. through the Olympus Post 16 curriculum offer. BTEA students typically continue with an Engineering-centred curriculum in Post 16 and go on to secure apprenticeships in local manufacturing firms, employment or continue further into higher education (university).

* Students would have access to all Level 2 / GCSE qualifications at Abbeywood Community School including BTEC Sport, BTEC Business, BTEC Music, Food & Nutrition, MFL GCSE, GCSE Art, GCSE Photography

Click on the link here for details of Specialist Engineering pathway at Abbeywood (BTEA) for Olympus students in Y10-13

BTECH Tech Award Construction & the Built Environment Level 2

OCR Engineering Design Level 2

OCR Engineering Manufacture Level 2

OCR Programmable Systems Engineering


Our Curriculum Areas


Engineering is all around us. From the cars we drive through to the computers and phones we use every day, the knowledge and skills of an engineer have at some point been involved in the design and manufacture of these products making it an incredibly diverse and fast paced industry.

As well as developing products and new technologies, engineers work to solve problems in a range of different industries including medical engineering, which sees new advancements made to treat illness and injuries and environmental management, in which ways in how we can reduce our energy consumption are developed.

Life and Biomedical Sciences

Life Sciences is a wide field of science that centres on the study of living things, their health and wellbeing. Biology and Chemistry are at the core of the life sciences, but careers in this sector also draw skills from the disciplines of physics, maths, engineering, psychology and health and social care.

The UK life science industry is the largest in Europe and in global terms, is second only to the United States. In the Bristol and South West region Health and Life sciences is the largest single employer, accounting for 14% of all employment.

Physical Sciences

Physical science is a broad discipline concerned with natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere and space. It encompasses a variety of fields that include astronomy, chemistry and physics. Physical scientists are people who love studying the earth and space and all their processes and components.

Physics based businesses in the UK account for more than one million jobs and contribute £77 billion to the economy.


Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability and related environmentally-based sectors are growing rapidly within the UK as climate change will impact every aspect of the UK’s economy, society and environment. The latest UK climate projections show that the UK faces hotter, drier summers, warmer wetter winters, sea level rises and an increase in extreme weather events such as heavy rains and heat waves. Companies are being tasked to reduce their carbon footprint, and as a result the number of people working in corporate sustainability is expanding fast. Many organisations now have large, diverse teams who are delivering the practical responses to some of the most challenging circumstances ever to face business; from responding to resource depletion and supply chain sustainability to driving consumer behaviour change and realising energy efficiency savings. As the scope of sustainability within organisations expands, employers are increasingly looking for individuals with all-round business experience and skills to lead the charge. Professionals from marketing, engineering, IT and manufacturing are all joining sustainability teams and bringing with them a range of different business skills. The government has introduced relevant legislation and international agreements and protocols with an emphasis on reducing global warming, climate change, low carbon economy and the need for conservation. There is therefore an urgent need to educate and train learners for employment within environmental sustainability sector-based organisations or individuals within a wide range of other related organisations.