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 the Life Sciences UTC Curriculum Strategy

The 4 Pathways

UTC Pathways

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 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.


Our students have the opportunity to learn at the hands of experts from industry, the public sector and academia.

2013-14 Masterclasses

Tuesday 17th September –  Dr Geoff Wainwright, Presenting 2Bio
Wednesday 18th  September -  Professor Steve Edwards, Presenting Liverpool University
25th September  – Helen Jackson, Presenting the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust
26th September  -Lisa Wild, MacMillan Nurses Cancer Care
27th September  – Cath Robertson, Radiography and Cancer Care, Liverpool University
Tuesday 1st October  – Mark Reed, Presenting Pro Lab Diagnostics
Thursday 3rd October  – Dr Mark Craighead, Presenting Redx Pharma
Tuesday 8th October   – Dr Ali Ball, Presenting Thermo Fisher
Wednesday 9th October  – Professor Steve Edwards, Immunology
Tuesday 15th October  – Steve Jones, Presenting Novartis
Wednesday 16th October  – Dr Kate Hammond, The role of Zebrafish in research
Wednesday 30th  October  – Ian Pierce-Hayes, Heart attacks/heart disease-careers in nursing
Thursday 31st October  – Douglas Cossar, Presenting Croda
Wednesday 6th November  – Charlotte Duncan, Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics, Pro-Lab
Thursday 7th November  – Dr Derek Ellison, Presenting Eden Biodesign
Tuesday 12th November - Jon Hobson, Presenting MAST group
Wednesday 13th November  – Vicki Pickering and Jaqcui Coal, A talk on the journey of a patient with a brain tumour, Liverpool University
Tuesday 19th November  – Dr Lisa Baldwin, Labour Market Info, Careers in Science, LEP
Thursday 21st  November  – Alan Raynor, Fire training session for NHS placements, RLBUHT
Wednesday 27th November  – Dr Andy Wolski, Using Particle Accelerators for Medical Research, Liverpool University
Tuesday 3rd December - Professor Callum Youngson, School of Dentistry, Liverpool University
Tuesday 3rd December  – Peter Lucas, Introduction to Pathology, Pro-Lab
Wednesday 4th December  – Dr Simon Constable, Drug discovery from a clinical perspective, RLBUHT
Thursday 5th December  – Dr Terry Gleave, Neuroscience, Liverpool University
Monday 9th December  – Paul Cowley, Jo Hill and Joanne Carlin - Presenting Nutricia
Wednesday 11th December  – Mark Reed A dying in Microbiology, Pro-Lab Diagnostics
Tuesday 14th January –  Professor Sutton, The role and function of the Pancreas
Thursday 23rd January  – Dr Geoff Wainwright, Intellectual Property and the role of the Patent Attorney, 2Bio
Tuesday 28th January  – Sir Mark Walport Chief Scientific Officer, Careers in Science 
Thursday 6th February  – Professor Valerie Edwards Jones Embarrassing Bodies Diagnosing Infection
Thursday 13th February  – Jenny McCormick,  Introducing LGC Forensics
Thursday 27th February  – Ruth Stafferton Cancer Research UK Senior Research Nurse. Cancer Research
Thursday 27th February  – Dr Mark Lawton, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust Undiagnosed HIV Transmission
Friday 28th February –  Cathy Waldron Clinical Director & Nurse Consultant, Department of Haematology, RLBUHT, From Healthcare Nurse to Clinical Director
Thursday 6th March  – Rachel Quinn Liverpool University, History of Anatomy
Thursday 6th March  – Paul Myers, Liverpool University Aquaponics
Friday 14th March RAF - Medical careers in the RAF
Friday 14th March  – Joanne Francis, Advanced Research Practitioner, Case Presentation: Breast cancer
Thursday 20th March  – Sarah Burke Practice Development Nurse, Emergency Department, RLUH, Assessment of an ill and injured child
Thursday 27th March - John Ambrose, LJMU, Introduction to Paramedics 
Thursday 3rd April  – Steven Hornby,  Being a surgeon
Friday 4th April – Ann Murphy, Presenting Siemens

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.