Health Futures University Technical College (UTC) offers educational experiences and opportunities rarely if ever seen in traditional schools and colleges. A unique partnership between Health Futures and 20 health, education and public sector organisations from across the West Midlands enables us to combine national qualification teaching with hands-on project learning with healthcare professionals. 14-19 year olds from across the region enjoy enviable academic and career-focused advantages that prepare them for higher education and employment.
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Why choose Health Futures UTC?
In September 2015 we opened the doors of our brand new multi-million pound building in West Bromwich. Over 250 regional students interested in careers in healthcare and health science sectors joined Health Futures for the first time, putting them on the pathway to an exciting educational experience.
We are now accepting applications from young people living in Birmingham, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Solihull and North Worcestershire who would like to join us as Year 10 or Year 12 students in September 2019.
The first UTC in the UK with healthcare and health sciences as its specialism, Health Futures prepares students for a wide range of health related careers that span the NHS, Public Health, public sector agencies, private industry, voluntary and charitable institutes, and community organisations – locally, nationally and across the globe.
By combining academic study with real-life work projects, personal development activities, and career opportunities our young people become well-rounded, work-ready individuals.
Recognised academic qualifications
To ensure their bright future our students will gain the same highly valued academic qualifications at Health Futures as they would in any school or college.
Through a robust partnership of 20 of the region’s major health, education and public sector organisations, Health Futures’ students meet employers’ demands for good qualifications, transferable skills and a professional attitude to work, whatever career they may eventually choose.
What our students say…
“The teachers are truly the greatest attributes of this school, they inspire hope, ignite imagination and instil the love of learning in the students”
“Health Futures UTC has opened many opportunities for me to understand which healthcare professions are best for me to pursue”
“The school has a vibrant community of teachers and students, all of which are friendly and approachable. The UTC offers great facilities and enhanced support learning of students, and the teaching staff provide appealing lessons”
“The school is like one big family. All the staff are amazing. Laying the foundation for learning is the most important thing for us to advance and that’s exactly what the staff do for us. “
“Positive vibes all around, from teachers and students. My self-esteem and confidence has enhanced since I’ve come to Health Futures UTC”
What we offer
All Health Futures UTC students benefit from extensive careers advice and signposting to help them on their journey through education and into the world of work, higher education, apprenticeship or specialist training.
Health Futures UTC and 20 high-profile organisations have come together to forge a partnership to provide a unique learning experience for our students. Representatives from the NHS, higher and further education, charitable care providers, local government, and private industry guarantee participation in real-life projects that underpin academic learning.
Whatever their eventual choice everyone is given valuable access to career specialists and professionally qualified partners, all of whom are happy to share their first-hand knowledge and experience to help our young people make important decisions about their life choices.
Health Futures Principal, Mrs Ruth Umerah, her teaching team and partner representatives all work together to ensure students get so much more from their education than they might expect. Academic experience is enriched with a range of activities and Technical Challenge Projects that introduce students to innumerable careers, many of which they wouldn’t otherwise be aware of.
Popular career interests include:-
Popular career interests include:-
- biomedical science
- paramedic services
- public health
- sports science
Meet our partners
Health Futures UTC and 20 high-profile employer organisations have come together to forge a partnership that provides a unique learning experience for its students.
“Having the UTC will be very valuable as a means of the Ambulance Service finding the right people with the right skills locally. The UTC will create the next generation of healthcare practitioners, leaders and career scientists and we are delighted to support it.”
Dr Anthony C.Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Current partnership employers are:
- University of Wolverhampton(Lead Partner)
- West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust(Lead Partner)
- Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy(Lead Partner)
- http://www.midcounties.coop/Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital
- Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
- Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Compton Hospice
- Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
- Health Education England (HEE)
- Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
- Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
- Sandwell College
- Sandwell MBC
- The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
- The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Student Life at Health Futures UTC
The working day
At Health Futures we’ve designed our working day to closely reflect a typical business day. This means an 08:30 am start and a 3:50pm finish Monday to Friday. The good news is that the timetable provides for students to complete their studies during the working day. If this opportunity is taken and all work is undertaken as planned there is no need for homework!
Our dress code is simple. In year 10 and 11, students wear black trousers and a jacket along with a white shirt and a school tie. In sixth form, students wear smart business dress to help students look and feel like young healthcare professionals. Some Health Futures-branded items are worn, for example science lab coats and some sports kit.
Sports and wellbeing
Taking advantage of a roof-top games area and state-of-the-art gym and fitness suite, all Health Futures students participate in regular physical education (PE) sessions. This is not only good fun and helps to develop sports skills and techniques, it also supports the overall wellbeing agenda of the school. Various aspects of fitness and wellbeing will be integrated into learner’s core subjects, options and technical project work.