Curriculum and Culture

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC provides pupils with a unique educational experience. Students are encouraged to take a core curriculum of GCSEs and/or A Levels, plus a range of vocational qualifications. Businesses partners help to shape the curriculum by defining their skills requirements and providing projects, masterclasses and training that meets these needs.

Download our Curriculum Strategy

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The Pathways

UTC Pathways


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Years 10 & 11, KS4 Curriculum

When students move into year 10, they are able to make individual choices about what subjects they would like to study. The role of the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC is to offer information and guidance on the different options available and help you to make decisions that will support you in the future.

We work closely with students and parents to ensure you understand the wide range of subject options available, and to help you understand the opportunities and challenges that each subject brings.

We are then able to create a personalised programme for each Key Stage 4 student that offers a broad, balanced curriculum that suits each student’s individual talents, needs and aspirations.

The Liverpool Life Sciences UTC offers two exceptional specialisms, Science and Health. Each student will have the opportunity to learn more about our specialisms, experiencing projects that help them identify their talents.

It is important to remember that all students have access to a full range of GCSE subjects. Choosing a specialist school, like the UTC, will not limit their options for post-16 education.

Core Subjects Core subjects are compulsory for all students. Some core subjects are examined, some are not.

The core examination subjects are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (The majority of students will work towards GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but we also offer Double Award and BTEC Level 2 Applied Science)

The core curriculum also includes some non-examination subjects:

  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social Health, Citizenship Education
  • Religious Education

Students can select from the range of optional subjects below:

  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport

Read more in our Key Stage 4 Prospectus and our Key Stage 4 Options Information.

Years 12 & 13, Sixth Form Curriculum

Exploring Medicine and Dentistry
Suggested Options: A Level Biology A Level Chemistry A Level Physics A Level Maths A Level Further Maths A Level Psychology A Level English Language A Level History A Level Geography

Exploring Health Sciences
Suggested Options: A Level Biology A Level Chemistry A Level Physics A Level Maths A Level Further Maths A Level Psychology A Level Sociology BTEC Health & Social Care

Exploring Health Care
Suggested Options: BTEC Health & Social Care BTEC Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC Applied Science A Level Sociology A Level Psychology A Level English Language

Exploring Life Sciences
Suggested Options: A Level Biology A Level Chemistry A Level Physics A Level Maths A Level Further Maths A Level Psychology A Level Geography

Exploring Physical Sciences
Suggested Options: A Level Chemistry A Level Physics A Level Biology A Level Maths A Level Further Maths A Level Geography

Exploring Animal Science
Suggested Options: A Level Biology A Level Chemistry A Level Physics A Level Maths A Level Further Maths A Level Geography

Exploring Leadership & Management
Suggested Options: A Level Economics A Level Maths A Level/ BTEC Level 3 Business Studies A Level English Language BTEC Level 3 Enterprise & Entrepreneurship A Level Geography A Level History

For a full description of the pathways and the future progression opportunities they may lead to, please download our Sixth Form Prospectus and the Sixth Form Options Information.

Physical Education and Sport Provision

At Liverpool Life Sciences UTC we seek to provide a full, varied and interesting Physical Education KS4 curriculum which challenges, engages and excites staff and children alike. We see Physical Education as a vital part of the education experience as a whole.

Within the UTC we provide experiences and activities during our P.E sessions such as:

  • Dance and Movement
  • Invasion Games
  • Striking and Field Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics

We work collaboratively with schools in our Multi Academy Trust to ensure students can experience a wide range of activities and utilise a variety of sporting environments.

Technical Skills

Developing a range of technical, specialised skills is key to opening the doors to jobs with local employers. In conjunction with businesses like Local Solutions, Redx Pharma, Novartis, Pro-Lab Diagnostics, Unilever and Thermo Fisher, we have built a curriculum that not only provides students with their core academic qualifications, such as GCSEs and A Levels, but also develops the key technical skills associated with qualifications such as the Care Certificate, IFS Level 1 Award in Personal Finance (Institute of Financial Services) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice).

Two periods every week are dedicated to Technical Projects. Students work in project teams on industry inspired projects that combine Science, Healthcare, Maths and English. Our students have access to industry standard laboratories and equipment, not even experienced at Undergraduate level so they have an advantage when entering the industry as an employee or our mock Hospital Ward environment where they work with clinical educators. Our partner businesses are involved in developing and delivering the themes of the projects which take place at the school and on-site at our partners locations.

Careers Education

Students’ academic and technical education is enhanced and supported by an award winning programme of careers education. Each year students participate in the Build my Future programme and festival which took place this year between the 23rd – 27th March 2015.
The next UTC Build My Future Festival will take place for year 10 and 12 students in January 2016. All students will complete a programme of activities to help them make and implement decisions about their future careers alongside building key employability skills.

New for September 2015 – Skills for Health Healthcare Cadets Programme

The Healthcare Cadet programme allows Cadets the opportunity to develop their Healthcare skills within the NHS and the wider healthcare sector by gaining academic knowledge through the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care in College, complimented by real work experience based within local NHS trusts and independent healthcare providers. The programme will provide you with a choice of routes into either further study at degree level or employment within the health and social care sector. It is an ideal starting block if you are looking to pursue a career in nursing, or any of the other NHS healthcare related careers.

Gifted and Talented

Every student at the UTC is gifted and talented as a result of their enrolment within a UTC specialising in Sciences and Healthcare. The areas of expertise and the time taken for their gifts and talents to shine through will be very different. It is our mission at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC to strive to challenge every one of our students and encourage our pupils to embrace their gift and make a difference in the world of healthcare and science.
Within our unique environment students are not only stretched academically in the classroom but also through the enormous variety of enrichment activities in our Innovation Labs, Health Care Suite and unrivalled placement opportunities.

Within the classroom:
The UTC curriculum takes into account the needs of high achieving students through differentiation, extension and acceleration and makes use of all available expertise.
A combination of principles is incorporated into curriculum planning and Quality Teaching First to allow all our pupils to succeed:

• Differentiation by outcome.  This allows responses at very different levels to the same initial stimulus.
• Differentiation by task may be varied both in terms of style and content.
• Differentiation by pace.  Able students need the facility to proceed at a greater speed.

Innovation Labs and Healthcare suite:
Every project, in every Innovation Lab session allows students to interact and use modern analytical techniques that are designed to stretch and challenge them.
From following complex laboratory procedures to designing their own independent research the Innovation Lab allows every one of our students to uncover and nurture hidden gifts and talents as well as reinforce those we are already aware of.

The Culture

To ensure that our students can fully contribute to this sector, we are working with our sponsors and partners to define the required qualities, attributes, skills and behaviours. This drives the culture of the UTC

Heart:  Integrity, empathy, caring, a desire to improve the lives of others and a sensitivity to others

Independent:  Lifelong resourceful and resilient learners with the ability to acquire new skills and to work independently. Students need to be self-aware and have ambition and a capacity to grow.

Enquiring: Students must be able to recognise that the world is constantly changing and that this provides opportunities for new ideas and change.

Entrepreneurial:  Students will be risk takers, ambitious, strive to reduce costs and maximise resources and profitability.

Analytical: Students must be data and evidence driven in their decision making. They must be objective and use scientific practices to ensure that their methodology is correct and their work is open to scrutiny and challenge.

Leaders: Students must be proactive and positive team members with an ability to communicate effectively with others. They are able to recognise their own strengths and those of others so that everyone can work together to achieve a common goal. They share their knowledge and skills with the wider community.