School & Sixth Form Prospectus 2016 / 2017
CONTENTS Strong support
Why Choose a Health Futures UTC education?
Health Future Pathways
Student Life Health Futures UTC
Meet our Partners
A World Of Career Opportunities
Development Beyond The Classroom 12 An Exciting And Accessible Campus
Applying For Your Place
WE HAVE STRONG SUPPORT Mr Robert Fell Principal
I am pleased and proud to introduce the Health Futures UTC. I hope that what you read in our prospectus will prompt you to find out more about us. Health Futures UTC has been created to provide an outstanding academic education to young people while also giving them a unique insight into the health and health science sector. As such, we are partnered with a huge range of employers who lend their expertise, facilities and time to make sure our students are best placed to be their future employees. This, allied with our state-of-the-art facilities, makes Health Futures UTC an essential choice for any young person interested in a career in this high skill, high demand and high employment sector of the economy. To make sure our students are well prepared for their future, our offer goes well beyond that of other schools. Our employer partners not only advise our teaching staff on the practical application of school subjects but help design and deliver vocational and practical aspects of the curriculum as well. In addition, our students have significant chances to gain real experience that is genuinely relevant to their future. I hope you are as excited by the opportunity that Health Futures UTC offers as I am. If so, please read on and visit us to find out more.
Dr Anthony C. Marsh QAM
QAM â€“ Chief Executive Officer; West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (Lead Partner), Chair of Governors At the heart of the Health Futures University Technical College is a simple vision â€“ to equip our young people with the skills and academic qualifications to give them the best start possible. Highly qualified and skilled young people are needed not only in the health sector, but by all businesses. We are passionate about providing a first class education for our young people that prepares them for the world of work or higher education. Specialising at age 14 gives our students distinct advantages beyond traditional schooling pathways. The Health Futures UTC enables students to experience real-life workplace practices and provides young people with opportunities to pursue over 350 different careers with our UTC industry partners, such as the NHS Foundation Trusts. It is a real privilege to be a part of this new and innovative UTC. I hope this prospectus sets out a compelling vision for what this UTC is offering and you join us on this exciting and ambitious journey. Please be assured of my continued full support.
Professor Linda Lang QAM
Dean of Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing; University of Wolverhampton (Lead Partner), Vice Chair of Governors The vision for Health Futures UTC was conceived and developed with employers from across the West Midlands. Our 23 partners share a commitment to develop local young people to their full potential, equipping them with the right education, skills, attitudes and understanding, so that they can go on to deliver a first class health service for the people of this region. This vision is at the heart our UTC and is the reason it is called Health Futures. We want to give young people who have an interest in a career in health, the best possible education to succeed. Importantly we will open minds, eyes and doors. Our pupils will enjoy unique opportunities to find out for themselves about the wide and exciting range of careers available in the health sector (NHS, private and commercial). All our partners are committed to enabling our pupils to make informed choices about their future careers and equipping them to achieve their goals, so that they can progress successfully with confidence and make a real contribution to the health of society in the future.
WHY CHOOSE A HEALTH FUTURES UTC EDUCATION? Offering tomorrow’s education today We’re excited and proud to be the first UTC in the UK to specialise in health care and health science, offering learning and career opportunities for young people like no other school or college in the region. By combining academic study with reallife work projects, personal development activities, and career opportunities our young people become well-rounded, work-ready individuals. They benefit from both a highly academic education and
by putting their learning into practice in exciting work-focused projects delivered by industry professionals.
gain a unique top-class education, build confidence and explore a vast range of career and higher education pathways.
We’re able to deliver tomorrow’s education today through a robust partnership of over 20 of the region’s major health and education organisations. Working together we develop young people who can meet employers’ demands for good qualifications, transferable skills and a professional attitude to work whatever career they may eventually choose.
There’s no doubt that Health Futures UTC is a fantastic place for 14-19 year olds to
Our vision is to provide a broad, inclusive health and science curriculum, delivered to the highest standards in partnership with our employer partners. This ensures our learners receive personalised, practical experiences, offering opportunities that enrich their experience above and beyond that normally expected, and enhancing their employability.
Health Futures provides opportunities not offered in a mainstream secondary education Mrs Joseph, Parent of Year 10 Student
HEALTH FUTURES PATHWAYS
Courses and modules Health Futures provides free non-selective learning. The curriculum is designed to offer learners a holistic approach to their education, encompassing a range of techniques, contexts, experiences and opportunities. From formally recognised examinations and qualifications through to real-life scenario projects and work placements, our aim is to help all learners realise their full potential. Health care and health science specialisms will be studied alongside traditional subjects from the national curriculum.
University Further training
A’ Level and AS’ Level Subjects on offer: • Maths • English • Chemistry • Computer Science • Physics • Business Studies • Biology • Psychology • Health and Social Care
Additional GCSE options: • Psychology • Spanish • Computer Science/ICT • PE • French • History • Business Studies • Geography
GCSE Core Subjects: • Maths • English Language and Literature • Science – Double/Triple Award (Biology/Physics/ Chemistry) • Health and Social Care
INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM A new approach to learning We understand that whilst children and young people are individuals, each with their own learning styles and motivators, they all flourish when nurtured and encouraged to realise their full potential and achieve their ambitions. Health Futures UTC staff and partners are determined to meet these aspirations by using a variety of teaching methods, activities and technologies to provide a unique learning experience. We will open up their young minds to the endless possibilities awaiting them in the world of work and education through a range of experiences, tasks, studies, collaborative projects and personal development activities. Together, teachers and students will design and complete personalised study plans that will deliver sound qualifications and a perfect mix of knowledge, skills and experiences to help every learner thrive in the workplace or university.
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. All of our Year 10 and 11 students study GCSEs in Mathematics, English Language and Literature, a minimum of Double Science, Religious Education, a Cambridge National in Health and Social Care and the Extended Project. In addition they choose up to four further subjects from a wide list including; Triple Science (our most popular option with about 75% of our students choosing it), Psychology, Physical Education, Computer Science, Business Studies, History, Geography, French and Spanish. Our Year 12 and 13 students all study for a Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care and the Extended Project. In addition they choose up to four additional A-levels from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English Literature, Business Studies, Psychology and Sociology.
Technical challenge Projects All of our students participate in project work known as technical challenges. This is one of the key differences between a UTC and a traditional school or college. Students work with practising professionals, supported by a use of scenarios and technologies designed to reflect real-life workplace and community settings. Working together in this way helps develop our studentsâ€™ understanding of the health sectors and the intrinsic links to their classroom learning. In addition to cultivating practical, technical, professional, business, and social skills the projects also provide valuable qualifications.
Inclusive education opportunities Our extended day ensures that students can make the best use of the resources around them and receive the support they require to flourish. Classroom studies and technical projects are designed to ensure that learning is taking place in the right way, at the right level, and with the right support from teachers, partners, peers and mentors. We foster a culture of respect, encouragement and ambition that ensures the needs of all learners are sensitively and appropriately considered and managed. Parents and young people can be confident of an equitable provision for all students including Vulnerable Learners, those with Statements of Special Educational Needs, and those identified as Gifted & Exceptionally Able learners.
State-of-the-art technology Equipped with first-class technology and learning spaces specifically designed to enhance the student experience beyond the traditional, our campus provides the perfect setting in which to develop young professionals. To complement the extensive use of e-learning in the classroom and to help put their knowledge into context, students are also taught using technologies that can replicate a wide range of health care and health science environments. Inspiring and stimulating their minds and senses, a simulated hospital ward with interactive computerised â€˜patientsâ€™ and a high-tech visualisation suite are used to immerse students in virtual environments. The realistic reproduction of settings such as an operating theatre, road traffic incident or pathology laboratory brings sights and sensations not ordinarily accessible to young students.
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STUDENT LIFE AT HEALTH FUTURES UTC The UTC working day We’ve designed our days to closely reflect a typical business day, with an 8.30am start and a 5.00pm finish Monday to Thursday, and a 4.00pm finish on Friday. This helps prepare our students for the reality of employment expectations and routines. It also means there’s little or no homework as we aim to cover everything during the working day.
Dress code In keeping with world-of-work principles we’ve adopted a business dress code rather than a traditional school uniform to help students look and feel like young healthcare professionals. Any specialist clothing and equipment will be provided by the UTC for students. The dress code details can be found on our website.
Sports & wellbeing Taking advantage of a roof-top games area, fitness suite and gym, all young people will participate in regular Physical Education (PE) sessions for their personal health and wellbeing. Various aspects of fitness and wellbeing will also be integrated into learner’s core subjects, options and technical project work, at an appropriate level.
Students will look and feel like young healthcare professionals
STUDENT DIARY 08:20 Automated registration with my Student ID badge leaves me time for a coffee with friends in the Cafe before my
English tutorial. It’s really handy paying for everything with my electronic card. I’m getting really good at managing my money ready for when I get my own bank card.
09:40 P hysics lesson was really interesting. Discovering how to make links between what we’re taught in class and things we
learn from professionals in Technical Challenge Projects is making sense of it all.
Amazing session working in the Simulation Ward with nurses and paramedics this morning! Got to wire up the dummy patient to computers and medical equipment then monitor his vital signs. It’s just like the real thing.
12:00 Talked with colleagues from my Project Group over lunch about an idea we’re developing for a team presentation. This is what it
must be like when people have meetings at work.
In the Visualisation Suite this afternoon – the technology’s unbelievable! P harmacists were explaining how medicines work so the room was transformed into a view of the body where we couldactually reach out and explore how the heart functions. Interesting how much the maths and science we’re learning in class is used to work out things like drug dosages. I’d never considered miscalculating a fraction could be a matter of life and death!
Caught up with my prep for tomorrow’s lessons with a classmate in one of the really cool Pods in the Learning Resource Centre, so no homework for me again! My friends at other schools may tease about the longer days I do at Health Futures but this way I get the last laugh.
Great end to the day. P E was a game of football followed by a short session in the multi-gym. My mum and dad are so envious. Mum says we’ve more state-of-the-art equipment at school than in her gym, and dad says he wishes he could get a game with his mates on our rooftop pitch.
All my work’s in my personal locker so no heavy bags to carry on the 5-minute walk to the tram stop. Can’t believe how quickly the day’s gone. Wonder what’s for tea?
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
MEET OUR PARTNERS Health Futures UTC and 20 high-profile
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The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
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Co-operative Pharmacy (Midcounties) (Lead Partner)
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West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Lead Partner)
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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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DIOGRAPHER OLOGICAL WELLBEING PRACTITIONER
Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Health Education England (HEE)
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
University of Wolverhampton (Lead Partner)
Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
A WORLD OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Flexible career opportunities
Careers advice and support
Although Health Futures has a focus on health care and health science, students acquire robust qualifications and transferable skills universally welcomed by all employers and universities. Their unique education equips them for the world of work whatever career pathway they may eventually choose, and encourages them to explore opportunities they may not even know exist.
All Health Futures 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. Whatever their eventual choice, everyone is given valuable access to career specialists and professionally qualified partners, all happy to share their first-hand knowledge and experience to help young people make important decisions about their life choices.
Extensive health career opportunities For those who decide on a health focused career pathway, our partnership with major NHS organisations provides valuable insight into the 350+ career opportunities offered by the UKâ€™s largest employer. But even with that level of choice, prospects are not limited to medical, care or laboratory roles. Another rich seam for employment is public health which focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting wellbeing. There is tremendous career diversity and opportunity across the entire health economy locally, nationally and globally, spanning the NHS, local authorities, charitable organisations, private businesses and community schemes.
Unsure about career pathways?
There is lots of information online about health career opportunities. For example the NHS website introduces young people to the vast range of choices on offer and advises them on the qualities, skills and qualifications needed to follow their ambitions. With an A-Z of careers, videos, case studies and an interactive career-mapping tool designed to help explore and consider enjoyable work roles, thereâ€™s plenty of practical information at: stepintothenhs. nhs.uk and an insight into the vast array of public health careers at: phorcast.org.uk
DEVELOPMENT BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Personal Development Plans that support individual learning and encourage team working
Life skills through enrichment To enhance learning and personal development each individual participates in a programme of activities known as enrichment. These are an integral part of our approach to education, offering students the opportunity to learn and share skills and experiences, and encouraging them to face new challenges. They may wish to undertake a Duke of York Award, volunteer to help a charity, explore a business initiative, become a Health Cadet, or get involved in art, music and drama community projects. The enrichment programme has a strong emphasis on the personal, social and enterprise (PSE) aspects of a UTC education, building confidence, enhancing interpersonal skills and developing a sense of community and social awareness.
Building team spirit through Learning Companies Taking the traditional ‘House’ system to another level Health Futures UTC has adopted a Learning Company framework to encourage and support students’ progress and achievement. This concept helps expand academic learning, personal development and career interests through collaborative working, which in turn promotes a sense of team spirit and fosters a culture of equality, diversity, dignity and respect.
Creative learning through collaboration There’s a school of thought that suggests children and young people flourish when encouraged to explore and express the vast possibilities that stimulate and occur to younger minds. They’re also known to especially benefit from creative learning and collaborative working at a young age. Health Futures UTC is excellently placed to exploit this knowledge and provide valuable advantages to the region’s 1419 year olds. By combing an interactive approach to study with an extraordinary opportunity to learn co-operatively from one another, career professionals and qualified teachers, Health Futures is able to offer its students an inspirational and enviable educational journey.
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AN EXCITING AND ACCESSIBLE CAMPUS There’s a terrific transport network on our doorstep making the tram or bus the perfect way to get to Health Futures. A link to a map showing stops and main routes to help you plan your journey can be found at: http://jp.networkwestmidlands.com/ The nearest tram stops are Dartmouth Street or Lodge Road.
A series of pavements and public thoroughfares provide easy pedestrian access for those able to reach Health Futures on foot. For anyone wanting to get even more exercise from their journey there are local cycle routes from the High Street that connect to Great Barr, Smethwick, Wednesbury, Tipton and Dudley, and an off-road cycle track along the Parkway Metro from Hawthorns to Black Lake. There’s also a secure bike store on site. Further information on cycle paths in the area can be found can be found at www.bikeright.co.uk/ westmidlands
Getting to us by car A network of motorways and arterial roads provide a choice of routes into West Bromwich and a number of public car parks are located near to Health Futures. There is no on-site car parking at Health Futures. http://www.sandwell.gov. uk/downloads/file/2053/map_of_west_ bromwich_car_parks
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A copy of our current Travel Subsidy Policy together with copies of our Travel Subsidy Application Form can be found on our website. This explains the eligibility criteria and subsidies available to students towards the cost of their Travel Pass.
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Conveniently situated at 350 High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DJ, Health Futures provides easy access from across the region whatever your transport choice.
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Our brand new, multi-million pound school is packed full of technologies and innovative learning spaces, and there’s a terraced rear courtyard to provide an outside space for relaxation and recreation. Other key features include a roof-top games area, fitness suite, multigym, and restaurant and cafe. With input from partners and local young people it’s been purposely designed to provide an exciting environment that motivates and supports interactive learning.
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APPLYING FOR YOUR PLACE
Expect a high demand for a place with high standards We think that you’ll appreciate why our unique combination of academic, vocational, technical and employability opportunities make Health Futures an extremely popular choice for young people and their parents. Having opened in September 2015 with over 250 students from across the West Midlands, the highest number for any new UTC this year, we’re now taking applications from learners wishing to join us at 10 or Year 12 from September 2016. Even before Health Futures was open we had a waiting list for places in 2015 so now that the school is fully operational we expect this year’s application rate to be even higher. If you’re excited and inspired by the messages in our Prospectus. Why delay? Join our current students on an exciting and challenging education towards a prosperous career and apply for your Year 10 or Year 12 place today!
Managing the transition from school to Health Futures UTC Parents can be confident that practical and personalised pastoral care and student support services are important and highly regarded features of Health Futures UTC. We liaise closely with students, parents, existing schools and other agencies as necessary throughout the recruitment and transition process to ensure that it is correctly and sensitively managed. This can include family meetings, staff question & answer sessions, meeting Special Educational and/ or Health & Wellbeing Needs, and appropriate information-sharing to facilitate student transfers.
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Applications are welcome from motivated Year 9 students looking to make an exciting new start to their education at Health Futures UTC in September 2016.
Ambitious 16 year-olds looking to strengthen their learning and career opportunities should apply now for a sixth form place for a September 2016 start.
Our friendly team will be able to help you with the application process, provide you with further information or give you more details about Health Futures UTC so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
It’s easy to apply online at: healthfuturesutc.co.uk/apply or call: 0121 794 2888 to request a paper application form.
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Our inclusive Admissions Policy can be found on our website
We would like to thank our staff, student and partners for their time and expertise in putting this prospectus together, with particular thanks to to West Midlands Ambulance Service and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
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