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.
The 4 Pathways
Developing a range of technical, specialised skills is key to opening the doors to jobs with local employers. In conjunction with businesses like Redx, 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 the English Baccalaureate, but also develops the key technical skills associated with qualifications such as GLP and GMP (Good Laboratory Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice).
The equivalent to two days of every week is 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. 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.
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.