Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST)
Nottingham, United Kingdom
About Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST)
Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST) is a co-educational specialist academy based in Nottingham offering a science, computing and engineering-based curriculum for students ages of 14–19. Its capacity is 800 students.
NUAST opened in September 2014 and is housed in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art building with a range of specialist facilities. It is sponsored by the University of Nottingham and further supported by a range of partners from industry and education. The education provision is delivered through the Nova Education Trust.
In years 10 and 11, all students at the £10 million academy study the core curriculum of maths, science and English and then select a pathway in engineering or ICT where they study two or three GCSE equivalent qualifications. Students then have a choice of two options from history, Spanish, business studies, product design, computer science and media.
The academy’s post-16 students select from a broad range of subject choices that offer both specialist STEM subjects as well as broader subject choices. These include a range of A Levels, a BTEC Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Engineering, equivalent to three A Levels; and a Cambridge National Level 3 ICT/Computing Qualification (two A Levels equivalent) plus A Level Computing.
In addition, students are offered the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
NUAST runs a longer school day that is aligned to the world of work.
Values and vision
NUAST expects its students to hard and conduct themselves as they would in a workplace. It prides itself on a strong academic approach, caring pastoral system and on providing the opportunity for students to develop employment-related and leadership skills.