London Borough of Croydon

Coronavirus (COVID-19):

The School Admissions Team is running as usual, though it may take us longer than usual to respond to your application.

Please be assured that we will reply to all applications, you do not need to contact us again after submitting. Thank you for your patience.

Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 and who are in year 9 are eligible to apply for a place at a university technical college (UTC) or a studio school for the September 2021 intake.

Croydon does not currently have any UTCs or studio schools but a full list of all 14+ schools in London and the surrounding area is available here.

University technical colleges (UTCs)

University technical colleges are set up by universities as business and specialise in 1 or 2 technical subjects. In years 10 and 11, they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and maths, as well as their specialist subject.

Studio schools  

Studio schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience, along a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school.

Colleges with entry at age 14

A number of colleges accept applications for places in year 10. 

How to apply

Applications can be made online at and must be received by 31 October 2020. You will receive the result of your application on 1 March 2021 by logging into your eAdmissions account. Keep your login details safe so you can access your account.


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