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 5 September 2019 online applications can be submitted for children born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006. These are children who will start Year 10 in September 2020.

How to apply

From 5 September 2020 you can apply online for a place at a UTC or Studio School for Year 10 transfer.

If you cannot apply online, you can request a paper application form from schools and from the School Admissions Team.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 29 November 2019.

If your application is late, it will be processed later in the year, and you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred school or college. 

Important things to remember when applying

  • apply on time, ie no later than 31 October 2019
  • consider how your child will travel to school – see below and see school travel pages and guidance
  • it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place
  • if your application is late, it will be processed later in the year, and you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools

Apply online

List of establishments

In Oxfordshire, there are 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 Banbury 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.

For more information about these establishments and the application process, please read our ‘Further Steps’ online booklet (pdf format, 842Kb)

Key dates

  • 5 September 2019 - parents can start to apply 
  • 29 November 2019 - closing date for applications
  • 2 March 2020 – Allocation Day: emails sent detailing the offer of a school place, letters sent by second class post where necessary
  • September 2020 – start of the school year

Allocation day – how we will contact you

Everyone who applies online by 31 October 2019 will receive an email on 2 March 2020 advising which school their child has been offered a place at.

Where families have applied online and secured a place at their first preference school with no eligibility for free home to school transport, only an email will be sent. There will be no letter. Responses can be made online.

Where families have applied online and either: secured a place at their first preference school with the offer of free home to home school transport; or, where a family has applied online but secured a place at a school not listed as first preference, a letter will be sent by second class post with all relevant forms on 2 March as well as an email being sent.

Where applicants have applied on paper, they will be sent a letter and all relevant information by second class post on 2 March, but no email will be sent.

Parents’ guide

Further information about the UTC and Studio School application process and general information about Oxfordshire schools can be found in our secondary school guide, available on this webpage from 12 September.

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.

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.

Please see the travelling to school page for further details.

To find out where your nearest school is contact us.

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

Independent School

If your child has been allocated a place at a UTC or Studio School but you have decided to send your child to an independent school, you must inform the School Admissions Team as soon as possible, and provide the name of the independent school, so that the place can be offered to another child.

Leaving Oxfordshire

If your child has been allocated a place at a UTC or Studio School but you are now leaving the area, you must inform the School Admissions Team as soon as possible so that the place can be offered to another child.

Elective Home Education

If your child has been allocated a place at a UTC or Studio School but you are going to educate your child at home instead, you must inform the School Admissions Team as soon as possible so that the place can be offered to another child.

Read further information about Elective Home Education.