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Apply to a University Technical College (UTC) or Studio School

How to apply for a Year 10 transfer at a more science focused and vocational curriculum school.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) and Studio Schools are state funded educational establishments that offer places to children from Year 10 to Year 13.

These establishments offer a more science focused and vocational curriculum than most state funded schools.

From 8 September 2017 online applications can be submitted for children born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004. These are children who will start Year 10 in September 2018.

How to apply

The deadline for receipt of completed applications was 31 October 2017. We will write to all applicants who applied on time on 1 March 2018 with the outcome to their application.

People who apply online will also be sent an email confirming the outcome of their application on 1 March 2018.

From 1 November you will not be able to apply online. You will need to complete a paper application form (pdf format, 305Kb).

Applications received after 1 November will be considered late. If you have extenuating reasons for your application being late, you should provide these with your application form and ensure they reach the Admissions Team no later than 16 November 2017.

Any application forms received by the Admissions Team after 16 November will be considered late regardiess of extenuating reasons.

Late applications received between 1 November 2017 and 21 March 2018 will be considered in the second allocation on 8 May 2018.

List of establishments

In Oxfordshire, there are currently three establishments available for Year 10 transfer.

Banbury - Space Studio Banbury

Aspirations Campus, Ruskin Road, Banbury OX16 9HY
For full contact details and prospectus visit the Space Studio’s website.

Bicester - Bicester Technology Studio

Queen’s Avenue, Bicester OX26 2NS
For full contact details and prospectus visit Bicester Technology Studio’s website.

Didcot - UTC Oxfordshire

Greenwood Way, Harwell, Didcot OX11 6BZ
For full contact details and prospectus visit the UTC Oxfordshire’s website.

Key dates

  • 8 September 2017 - parents can start to apply 
  • 31 October 2017 - closing date for on-time applications
  • 1 March 2018 – allocation day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • 21 March 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • 8 May 2018 – second allocation round: letters sent after first run of continued interest list and late applications
  • September 2018 – start of the school year

School transport

If your child gets a place at a UTC or Studio School, this does not mean that they will be eligible for free home to school transport.

Year 10 children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than 3 miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details.

So, if a UTC or Studio School is further from your home address than another school with an available place in Year 10, free home to school transport will not be provided.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact us

Please note that where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility to school transport.

What if I don’t get the place I want?

You can do one or more of the following:

  • Add your child's name to the Continued Interest (or waiting) list. More information (pdf format, 235Kb) Please beware that if you add your child’s name to a school’s continued interest list, and a place becomes available that can be allocated your child, the place will be given to your child and their place at the school originally offered will be taken away.
  • Change preferences - add new preference(s) or change preference order. More information (pdf format, 130Kb)  
  • Appeal for a place (see below)


You have the right to appeal for a place at any school where a place could not be offered. The information sent out to you in the post will explain more about who is responsible for organising your appeal.

How places were allocated

Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages

Last reviewed
31 October 2017
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