Who are we?

We offer personalised learning programmes for learners aged 1925 who have moderate to severe learning difficulties and/or autism.At Heart of Birmingham Vocational College you will be encouraged to reach a level of independence that is right for you and the direction you want your life to take.

You will learn within the college, and at local community facilities and through trips out into the wider community. You will gain experience and learn new skills to prepare you for employment and to help you become more independent.

Principal’s welcome

On behalf of our learners and staff team I would like to welcome you to Heart of Birmingham Vocational College. We all like to call the college HBVC, it’s so much easier to say!

HBVC is a specialist college, based in Birmingham, for young people with additional needs. We offer full-time Study Programmes that provide individualised learning experiences, whilst developing your key employability and supported living skills. Our staff team are very passionate about making HBVC a great place for everyone to be, we have a unique approach to ensuring everyone feels a part of our college, we believe in these values:

  • Openness- we use a simple, open and honest approach
  • Challenge- we challenge expectations and awareness, internally and externally
  • Excellence- we aim for excellence in all our teaching and learning
  • Development- we strive to consistently improve the skills and abilities of our learners and staff
  • Inclusion- we recognise the value of each individual

I would like to invite you to come and visit one of our campuses and see for yourself, HBVC is a great place to be – we will support you to develop yourself, and give you the skills to move onto the next stage of your life.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Emma

Fact File
  • About the college
  • Where is the college?
  • Will I live there?
  • How big is the college?
  • Our vision and mission
  • We are an independent specialist college, which opened in 2014. It provides a safe, secure and independent learning environment.

    We will work with you to create an individual learning programme based on your interests, needs and goals. Your learning pathway could be designed to guide you on the road to employment or to help you live more independently. Whichever course you choose, you will gain skills that will grow and develop over time.

    Each learning plan will support you with English, maths and information and communications technology (ICT). Your emotional development will also be supported.

    Your timetable will be clear and easy to use, while your progress and achievements will be recognised and recorded. You will learn through practical, realistic experiences that will expand your skills to help you make the very best of your future.

  • We have two campuses, our Employability Pathway is based just outside of Birmingham City Centre, near to Duddeston Train Station. Our Independence Pathway is based at The Bromford, which is near to Star City and The Fort Shopping Park.

  • No. It is a full-time day college, open from September to July. We can provide you with training to travel to and from college, if appropriate.

  • We can cater for 100 learners, across two campuses.

  • Our vision

    To be a progressive leader in specialist education providing valuable lifelong learning.

    Our mission

    To stretch and challenge our learners to enable them to be independent, employable members of their community and to reach their full potential.

Our Values

Our team will support you as you make your own decisions about your life and learning.

Openness
We use a simple, open and honest approach.
Challenge
We will challenge you to reach your full potential.
Excellence
We have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors.
Development
We will help you to develop your skills over time.
Inclusion
At HBVC you will have a sense of belonging.