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.

UTCs and studio schools in Oxfordshire

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

They offer a more science-focused and vocational curriculum than most state-funded schools.

List of establishments

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

Lists and details about all UTCs can be found on the UTC website.

Key dates when applying for a UTC

Key dates Event
5 September 2019 Applications open.
31 October 2019 Closing date for applications.
2 March 2020 National offer day: look online, receive email and letters are sent out by second class post.
Late applications are closed.
18 March 2020 Last date to respond to offers.
Last date to be added to the continued interest list for offers made 2 March.
Last date for change of preference for offers on the 2 March.
Closing date for late applications for the second round of offers.
5 May 2020 Offer day for late applications made by 18 March. May be delayed due to the effects of Covid-19. 
September 2020 Start of the school year.

Offer day

If you submitted a change of preference or a late application between 1 November 2019 and 18 March 2020, you'll receive an offer by post after 5 May.

Free home to school transport

If your child is eligible, you'll receive a paper form with your offer. Scan or photograph the completed form and attach it to an email. Send it to schoolofferresponse@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Or you can return it in the post to the School Admissions Team.

Continued interest lists

If your child has been refused a place at a preferred school, you can add their name to the school's continued interest list. We recommend that you accept the offered school to ensure a place for your child in September.

If you applied online, you can add a child’s name to the list online. You do not have to return a paper continued interest form.

If applied by paper form, you'll receive a form with your offer. 

Scan or photograph the completed form and attach it to an email. Send it to schoolofferresponse@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Or you can return it in the post to the School Admissions Team.

Learn more about continued interest lists.

Late applications

Applications received after 18 March will be processed later in the year.

Independent School

If you have applied for a place at a state-funded school but have decided to send your child to an independent school, you must inform the School Admissions Team as soon as possible so that the place can be made available for another child.

Leaving Oxfordshire

If you have applied for a place at an Oxfordshire school but are now leaving the area, you must inform the School Admissions Team as soon as possible so that their place can be made available for another child.

Make a late application to a UTC

Applications for the Bicester Technology Studio should be sent directly to the school.

Missed the deadline?

You can make a late application if you:

  • have missed the deadline
  • are moving house
  • have changed your preference.

Complete a paper application form. Scan or photograph the completed form and attach it to an email. Send it to schoolofferresponse@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Or you can return it in the post to:

School Admissions Team
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Late applications will be considered after 5 May 2020.

Consider how your child will get to school

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 three miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than three 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, please contact us.

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