Where is Health Futures UTC located?

Health Futures UTC is located at 350 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DJ where the main switchboard number is 0121 794 2888.

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Who can apply for a place at Health Futures UTC?

We have an inclusive Admissions Policy for young people aged 14-19 from across the region. Young people can apply to join the UTC at the start of Year 10 or Sixth Form (Year 12). Further information can be found on our How to Apply website page.

Will Health Futures UTC be inspected by Ofsted?

Yes. Health Futures UTC is subject to the same rigorous inspection regime that is applied to all other schools and academies. We aspire to gain the highest possible ratings and will work tirelessly to achieve them.

Are free school meals available?

All students who meet the criteria will be eligible for free school meals at Health Futures UTC. Further details are given in the Information Pack sent out as part of the Application Process or individual enquiries can be submitted via our online Contact Us Form http://www.healthfuturesutc.co.uk/contact-us

What kind of laptop or tablet will I need?

Health Futures works on a ‘bring your own device’ basis, so you’ll need a device that at least:-

• Allows you to create documents, presentations & spreadsheets
• Access the internet and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) via the UTC wi-fi network
• Allows the watching video resources
• Allows installation of specific software or apps as may be suggested by UTC staff
• Has a screen size 7’’ minimum, ideally larger
• Has a battery life – at least 3 hours – there are limited charging points in the UTC but we expect students to be responsible for arriving with a fully charged device
• Has the option of an add-on keyboard for a tablet for typing longer documents.

Any student unable to bring their own device will be able to access computers for use at school during the working day.

Isn’t 14 too young to specialise in a career-focused education?

Not at all. The curriculum has a focus on healthcare and science but strongly embraces English, Maths and Science and requires students to study these subjects. These subjects are combined with practical and technical qualifications to ensure transferable learning into the world of work and further education. Students also have the opportunity to develop business, technology, enterprise, financial and management skills. There is a school of thought that suggests that children flourish when encouraged to explore and express the wide range of ideas and possibilities that occur to young minds. They are known to especially benefit from creative learning and collaborative working at a young age. The UTC approach to education reflects these philosohies and taps into the imagination and inventiveness often found in younger learners. An interesting video about how different learning approaches for young people can be beneficial can be found at: YouTube

Do Health Futures students have to sit an entrance exam or pay any fees?

No. Health Futures UTC is a non-selective provider of free education. There are no educational pre-requisites for students joining us at Year 10. However, students joining us at Year 12 are made Conditional Offers that require them to achieve minimum levels in their GCSEs. Full details of requirements and the allocation process can be found in our Admissions Policy. HFUTC Admissions Policy & Procedure (Revised September) 2015

Why are the UTC school days longer than those at traditional schools?

Health Futures UTC aims to prepare students for employment so the UTC day closely reflects a typical business day. Students start at 08:30am every day and finish at 5:00pm Monday to Thursday, with an earlier finish at 4:00pm on a 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!

Transport, travel and subsidies

Further information on transport, travel and subsidies can be found at:

HFUTC Travel Subsidy Policy for students joining from October 2016

The website used to calculate distance ‘as the crow flies’ can be found at:

‘As the crow flies distance measure’

All young people in the West Midlands are entitled to Child Fares while they are in full time education up until the age of 18.  Further information on transport options and fares can be found at:

Travel to Health Futures

Do Health Futures UTC students have to choose a career in health?

No. Although there are hundreds of different career choices across health care and health science, a Health Futures UTC education provides young people with excellent academic and vocational qualifications as well as real-life employment experiences, all of which can be transferred to any career path eventually embarked upon.

Do parents have to make arrangements for their child to transfer to Health Futures?

Health Futures’ staff work with schools currently attended by students transferring to the UTC to facilitate a smooth transition for all students. This ensures that appropriate information is available to staff and parents to support each individual. Parents can advise Health Futures is they wish to be involved in discussions and procedures that facilitate the transfer.

Is there a uniform?

In keeping with the ‘world of work’ principle, the UTC will adopt a Dress Code rather than a traditional school uniform. There are some Health Futures UTC-branded items, for example sports kit and science lab coats. More information can be found at
http://www.healthfuturesutc.co.uk/images/Documents/policies/dress_code_guidance.pdf