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.

1 March 2019 - National Allocation Day

On 1 March 2019 emails will be sent to all parents and carers who applied online for a UTC or Studio School place by the deadline of 31 October 2018. Emails should be sent by 2pm, but this may take longer.

Everyone who applied on time, whether they applied online or on paper, will be sent an allocation letter and all relevant forms by second class post on 1 March. Please allow two to three working days for letters to be delivered.

Information regarding the outcome of applications will not be discussed over the phone, so please do not call about this.  All relevant information will be sent to you in the post.

The deadline for responding to school offers and transport offers, or to add your child's name to a Continued Interest List (CIL), or to submit a new application or a change of preference request is 21 March 2019. 

More information is available about CILs and changing preferences at

How to respond to offers made on 1 March 2019

Response forms

If you applied online, you can respond to the school offer online and do not need to return a paper response form.

If you applied on paper, you will have to return your paper response form.

The deadline for accepting or declining a school place is 21 March 2019.

Continued Interest (Waiting) List

Where a child has been refused a place at a preferred school, their name can be added to the relevant Continued Interest List (CIL).

If you applied online, you can add a child’s name to the CIL online (join Waiting List option), and do not have to return a paper continued interest form. 

If you applied on paper, you will have to return your paper Continued Interest List request form to the Admissions Team if you want your child’s name added to a CIL.

The deadline for receipt of continued interest forms is 21 March 2019.

If your child has not been refused a place at a preferred school, you will not be able to add their name to a CIL. 

Please note that you cannot add a child’s name to a CIL for a school listed as lower preference than the school offered. If you do this, we will assume you are requesting to change your preference order and now want this lower preference school more than the school where a place was allocated.

You can read more about CILs and changing preferences on these pages:

Free Home to School Transport

If we have determined that your child is eligible for free home to school transport, we will send you a transport response form with your allocation letter.

You cannot respond to a transport offer online.

If you want to accept the offer of free home to school transport, or decline the offer, please complete the paper form and return it to the Admissions Team.  The deadline for receipt of transport forms is 21 March 2019.

You can read more online about free school travel or the spare seats scheme on these pages:

How to apply

The deadline for receipt of completed applications was 31 October 2018.

If you missed the deadline to submit a UTC or Studio School application, or want to change the application you made, you need to submit a paper application form (pdf format, 80Kb) by 21 March 2019.

Where applications have been received late, between 1 November 2018 and 21 March 2019, they will be processed on 8 May 2019.  Notification will be sent by second class post on 8 May 2019 and will not be sent by email.

Applications received after 21 March will be considered later in the year.

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 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.

Key dates

  • 10 September 2018 - parents can start to apply 
  • 31 October 2018 - closing date for applications
  • 1 March 2019 – allocation day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • 21 March 2019 – Deadline for late applications and changes of preference to be considered in the second round of the allocation process.
  • 21 March 2019 - Last date for responding to an offer and for placing a child’s name on a Continued Interest (Waiting) List in response to offers made on 1 March
  • 8 May 2019 – Second allocation round: letters (sent by second class post)
  • September 2019 – start of the school year

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.

Further information about Elective Home Education can be found online at:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/children-education-and-families/education-and-learning/being-educated-home

    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, please contact us here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/contact-school-admissions-team

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