Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy

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Life at Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy

BTE Academy Virtual Tour - KS4


Welcome to Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy, the region’s first UTC. We deliver courses in engineering, science, technology, healthcare and environmental studies for Year 10 to Year 13 students from across the West of England and Monmouthshire.  

Our purpose is to develop young people with the skills, qualities and qualifications necessary to progress within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Healthcare sectors. Our curriculum enables students to study specialist courses alongside the GCSEs and A-levels that are taught in secondary schools, with environmental research projects and regular interaction with employees and industry. Our students are given the best start with a variety of progression routes into employment and further or higher education.  





At Key Stage 4 students will study GCSE Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Sciences (Biology, Physics, Chemistry leading to triple science) and Environmental Sustainability. 

Our wellbeing curriculum underpins all learning and supports our students in the development of both learning and inter-personal skills. 

Students will also have allocated time for careers information, advice and guidance, Citizenship, PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education), Physical Education alongside independent study and enrichment activities. All students will study a minimum of 8 GCSEs or equivalent.  


Core GCSEs
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Triple Science)

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Science, Healthcare

and Environment

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Students will experience significantly more interaction with employers and industry than those in a traditional comprehensive. The range of activities include projects where key stage 4 students work in employer supported teams to find a solution to a challenge, employer enhanced activities linked to post-16 BTEC units, visits to workplaces, and a regular series of inspirational speakers, including some of our former students who are now working in industry. Speakers included Melissa Chema, a BBC wildlife documentary maker and author who spoke about what she had learned from working with orangutans, one of the founding members of Reach Robotics, who talked to students through what it takes to train a gaming robot and a Cosmo-chemist, Tim Gregory - who took part in the BBC2 television series ‘Astronauts – do you have what it takes?’.

Tim - Cosmo-chemist and BBC's 'Astronaut' series participant

Above: Testing by Gravity Industries - World of Work Speaker Alex talks about his contribution to the technology.

Above left: Alex - Inventors Assistant - Gravity Industries  /  Above centre: Trish - Bridgemaster Clifton Suspension Bridge  /  Above right: Graham - Technical Graduate - TARMAC


What BTE Academy graduates say:

Flynn "I am over the moon about my exam results. I have really enjoyed my time at BTEA, particularly because the BTEC Triple Engineering Level 3 course allowed me to gain practical and academic engineering skills and I have now secured an Apprenticeship with GKN Aerospace for the next 4 years. The College were really supportive and I had a great time. This was 2 years well spent!! Thank you :) "

Ben - now at Airbus "I joined Airbus in 2016 on their higher apprenticeship scheme, following the completion of my A-Levels at BTEA. During my time at the Engineering Academy, I was provided with significant exposure to engineering firms in the area. This included tours of the main sites of companies like Airbus and GKN as well being able to take part in a year long project with Rolls Royce. These experiences piqued my interest in Aerospace engineering and helped to strengthen my application to the industry leaders when I began looking to start my career. "

Minahil “I was absolutely thrilled to receive my results! I’ve had the most enjoyable two years at this academy, my teachers were so encouraging and supportive and they’ve helped me achieve these amazing results. I have secured an unconditional offer to study Aerospace Engineering and pilot studies at University in September. And I can’t wait to begin the course. I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”

Christina “I am very happy with my results! The four years that I have had at the academy have truly been very memorable. The academy and teachers have been so amazing and have helped me to find confidence in myself and my work. Thank you BTEA! I will definitely miss you. In September I will be going to the University of Bath to study Mathematics. My future plans are still uncertain but I’m sure that I will figure it all out as I go.”

 Ewan "After finishing my GCSEs, I knew that I wanted to continue with A-Levels in science and technology. I felt that both the selection of subjects available at BTEA combined with its focus on STEM made it the ideal choice. I studied A-Levels in Physics, Maths and Computing while at BTEA. I also studied for a Level 3 BTEC in Engineering, which I might not have had the opportunity to do otherwise. I found that this in particular gave me a good foundation of knowledge for the various disciplines of engineering. There were also a range of extracurricular activities available at BTEA. I was able to complete the Engineering Education Scheme, a project where I worked with other students to investigate and solve a real problem in industry. I felt that besides being an interesting challenge, this and other activities helped me develop key skills and were good experiences to draw from in interviews and applications. After completing my studies at BTEA, I went on to start a degree-level apprenticeship with GKN Aerospace. On the whole, I feel that studying at BTEA has put me in good stead for my future career."





Complete an application by clicking or tapping here

(note – apply early as we can become oversubscribed) - the admissions team will contact you



Attend an induction event in Spring / Summer which

will include information for students and parents / carers



You’ll be given a link to the induction area

on the school website,

this will give key information and contains

forms to capture important information.







Q  Can I change from my current school at the end of year 9?   

A  Yes you can, you will need to inform your school of your choice to do so in order for them to transfer school records.

Q  Are class sizes smaller in a school like this?

A  In UTCs, smaller class sizes are often a very important aspect. At BTE Academy, we endeavour to ensure that class sizes are no larger than those found in mainstream settings, it is fair to say that within within the specialisms and 6th form, class sizes are smaller than those found in secondary schools and 6th forms.

Q  How are you different to a conventional school at this stage?

A  With the UTC, the difference is all about specifically preparing all our students for the world of work. Giving them employability skills that real employers value and developing personal, academic skills. UTCs have very high destination rates for students picking up successful pathways in: Apprenticeships, higher and degree apprenticeships, university and direct employment.

Q  Can students change options?

A  All students undertake support from staff in choosing options and subjects before arriving at the UTC so it is possible for students to pick up different options than those embarked on in their previous school. Once at the UTC, option change requests are treated on a case by case basis.

Q  Do students wear uniform at this school?

A  Yes, there is a dress code (refer to website) at all UTCs for Key Stage 4.

Q  What do I need to do to help my child get ready to start at BTE Academy?

A  Contact the UTC for further details about bridging work and pastoral support.

Q  If my child has specific needs, what would I need to do?

A  Please contact the UTC to be put in contact with the Academy's SEN provision.

Q  We live quite far, how do other students generally travel to your school?

A  The UTC's intake is cross-regional so we are well-prepared to support and advise on student travel arrangements from a range of different locations.

Is it a fee-paying school?

A  No, the UTC is not a fee-paying school.

 Is there a deadline for applying?

A  No there is not, but do apply early as we can become oversubscribed.

 Is it a selective academy and does it have any entry requirements?

 The UTC is not a selective Academy, young people and parents /carers choose the UTC due to its specialisms, employability skills programme and links with local employers. An interest in the specialisms is a very important aspect of our work. There are no entrance examinations.

 How are students helped with options beyond Key Stage 4?

 there is a full and supportive options selection service available at the UTC on transition from KS4 to KS5. Advice from a trained Careers Advisor can be accessed by all students.



 Employment within STEM 


"STEM jobs have outstripped non-STEM jobs since 2003, and this trend looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. This not only shows just how vital STEM jobs have been to the British economy in the 21st Century, but with growth set to continue, it also highlights how important it is that solutions are found to ensure that future demand is met"

"Being vital to economic development and international competitiveness, the relatively low number of graduates entering into STEM occupations is a serious cause for concern among employers, with half warning that 'a lack of talent could put off foreign investment' and over half (56%) expecting the shortage to worsen over the next decade.

And despite the increase in STEM undergraduates over the past few years, two-fifths of employers cited a shortage of STEM graduates as a key barrier to recruiting appropriate staff."




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