How will I get there?
We’ll help you develop the skills you need for the future by bringing work to life so you gain first hand insight from employers about the skills they need you to have - and a real sense of how to keep up in times of rapid change .
Although student life at North east Futures UTC will be different from any other school, you will still be studying for GCSEs, A-Levels and other well-recognised qualifications. This will ensure you can advance in work, apprenticeships or higher education. The difference is, you'll be working with employer input on a daily basis - the best way to bring work to life as you progress through your studies.
If you bring your passion and commitment, we'll make sure we set you on the right path to take control of your future.
Areas of specialism
Combined with globalisation, the rapid development of digital technologies is transforming the way we live and work. It is essential we provide specialist skills and knowledge so that our young people can participate in and benefit from this fourth industrial revolution’ and build on the region’s recognised specialist strengths. In the IT sector, regional strengths suggest students may choose to specialise in software development, DevOps and testing, cyber security, data science and Big Data analytics, gaming technologies and VR or robotic design and control. Already, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Simulation and Sensors are commonplace concepts as new fields of development open up. Digital and IT disciplines are now essential in many specific health applications, including bioinformatics, genomics and big data applied to healthcare and medicine.The demands of our regional digital and IT economy are diverse and increasing, with several thousand vacancies currently and set to increase.
In Health Sciences, UTC students are likely to progress into a range of medical professions and careers, including personalised medicine and the development of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical imaging, medical technology, robotic technologies, ergonomic design and fabrication The UTC will support progression into the full range of NHS Healthcare Science pathways. Students choosing to progress into the area of personalized medicine and medicines development are doing so at the cusp of dramatic industrial and process innovation and will need to understand not only the chemical and biological aspects of modern drug and therapy development, but may wish to specialize in manufacture and processing, for which there is a national industry hotspot in the NE region. Testing and diagnostics will increasingly take place at the bedside or using remote working: in either case, healthcare scientists, whose skills will be largely technical, must also be able to demonstrate a range of human skills, including empathy and patience.
Studies with a difference
For a start, the days are usually 9-5 (with an early finish on Friday) as study hours reflect a real job. You won’t get any homework and there is no uniform. You’ll be treated like an adult and trusted to complete independent learning each day, with staff providing support.
You will working on practical projects and real-life challenges set by experts from business and university alongside your courses. You will learn from the best and most knowledgeable people that the region has to offer.
Did we mention having your own mentor? He or she will be someone experienced in the world of business that can advise and guide you. We’ll also find you relevant and hands-on work placements that you’re actually interested in.
You’ll experience all of this and be using the latest technology with access to state-of-the-art campus facilities in the Newcastle’s city centre.
See what the students at The Elstree UTC like
Bringing work to life and life to work
The people who work in IT and health science have changed the world. From the mobile technology that's part of our everyday lives to the latest breakthroughs in curing cancer, these people are pioneers who have honed their talent and technical skills from an early age.
To help launch you towards this success, we’ll provide you with expert-led career advice and targets, real industry experience, quality mentoring, the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. All you have to do is grab this opportunity to make a difference with both hands.
Mathematics (1 GCSE)
English, English Literature (2 GCSEs)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics (3 GCSEs)
Computer Science (1 GCSE)
STEM Technical Award (1 GCSE Equivalent)
(either Digital Technology or Health Science)
Option in Modern Foreign Language (1 GCSE), Art (1 GCSE), Geography (1 GCSE) Or Design Technology (1 GCSE)
PE and Sport, EPCC (Ethics, Philosophy, Culture and Citizenship)
Duke of York Award or Duke of Edinburgh Award enrichment
A Level route: 3 or 4 from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Further Mathematics
Technical route: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied
Science (Biomedical Science) or Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in
Combined route: 2 A Levels from the list above with Level 3 Diploma in Medical Science or Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing