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Entrepreneurs of the Future

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics

A big thank you to Hull University Business School and Cranswick Foods for hosting a fantastic day for our first year A Level and BTEC Business students.

The first part of the day, saw students attend lectures, learning about Cranswick’s business model including their management styles, sustainability and product portfolio. Following this, students were set an exciting task to develop a brand-new product for the company, incorporating all aspects of the marketing mix such as product features and how this would be promoted. Students then pitched their ideas to their peers and staff representatives from the company.

Our students really impressed the judges with a range of new product ideas including:

  • Peri peri platter
  • Sustainable dog food
  • A roast dinner food box for busy families
  • Vegetarian tikka masala
  • Meal Plan Product suited for needs of individuals who go to the gym
  • ‘Make at home chicken nuggets kit’ for young children

The day provided a fantastic opportunity for students to apply the concepts learnt in class to a real scenario with students taking a lot from this experience.

 Feedback from the day:

“I learnt that you should incorporate current trends into your product and design to target a wide audience. My group developed a product called ‘Medimeals’ which is a customisable pet food sold by Cranswick which includes pet medicine to make the consumption of this easier and more enjoyable for the pet and owner. The 7Ps marketing concept is now more memorable now that we have used this in an activity.” Shayan, A Level Business Student

“I got a great insight into new product development from the trip. My favourite parts were developing the product within a group and experiencing a real university lecture as I now know what to expect in the future. The trip provided a really food context for the topics we are studying including operations.” James, A Level Business student

 “I learnt a lot about Cranswick’s corporate values and the difficulties in creating a unique product that hasn’t been made before. My team developed a roast dinner in a box with all of the components needed for the meal. The idea was that it saved consumers time in having to find everything in a supermarket and was called ‘Cransquick.’ My favourite part of the trip was working in a team. The topics related to marketing and advertising and will help me to apply concepts to real life cases going forward.” Kate, A Level Business student

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Vinny Crosskill

Ivy League Vinny

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Course News, Economics, Mathematics

Second year Wyke student, Vinny Crosskill, has just been informed that he has secured a place at Babson College, Massachusetts, USA, to study Economics and Finance. Babson has a global reputation for educating the future entrepreneurs and leaders of business. According to Google, Babson is “a very selective university”, with just 24% of applicants successfully gaining a place. Over the last 25 years, it has been voted the best university for business in the USA.

In his first year at College, the Wyke tutor team encouraged Vinny to apply for support from the Sutton Trust, an educational charity that champions students from non-traditional backgrounds. Through the guidance of the Trust and help from his tutors, Vinny successfully negotiated a series of Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) to gain the offer of a place.

Vinny came to Wyke from Kingswood Academy, Hull, and is a member of the Colleges Student Executive. Asked about his career ambitions, Vinny replied, “Right now, it’s to become a chartered accountant or earn a doctorate in economics. However, the good thing about US institutions is that you can change your major, especially if you’re at a liberal arts college, whereas in the UK you’d have to reapply to change your course. Hearing some of the classes that the colleges offer has really made me think about the career path I want to take going forward.”

Vinny gained excellent GCSEs from school before enrolling to study A levels in Economics, Business, Accounting and Mathematics at Wyke.

Babson were so impressed with Vinny’s application that they are willing to waive the vast majority of the university fees to ensure he is able to take up his place. Their annual contribution of over $82,000 will not only pay Vinny’s tuition fees, they will also cover living expenses and books.

Congratulations Vinny, enjoy the rest of your studies at Wyke, and keep in touch once you join the “Ivy League”.

Meet our Business Students: Daisy

By | Accounting, Business

This week, we caught up with some of our amazing second year Business students.

One of these students being Daisy who gave us a fantastic insight into her time on the course and her ambitions for the future. Daisy also provided some great advice for staying on top of remote learning and advice for upcoming year 11 Business students.

Full Name

Daisy Dixon

Former School

Baysgarth School

Study Programme

I study BTEC Business, A Level Accounting and Applied Law.

Do you take part in any enrichment activities at Wyke?

In my first year at Wyke my enrichment activities included an EPQ which I did on Sexism in Female Sports. This year, I plan to take part in further enrichments when restrictions are lifted, as I have a keen interest in dance outside of college.

Why did you decide to study Business at Wyke?

I decided to study Business at Wyke, firstly because I studied GCSE Business at secondary school and found it really interesting. Then, after Wyke Start, I decided to choose Business as I really liked the different unit topics and the way that the course was taught by Wyke teachers.

I found my first year really interesting and enjoyed learning the theory behind different businesses and the way they function. My second year has been a bit more challenging with remote learning. However, I have found that the teachers have been very supportive and have helped all students really well throughout remote learning.

What is your favorite aspect of studying BTEC Business?

My favourite thing about studying Business so far has been the assignment lessons. I enjoy having time to write up my own work and to apply all the theory I have learn into an assignment.

I particularly enjoy distinction tasks so I can evaluate different aspects of business and come to my own conclusions.

Which modules have you found most interesting?

I found the accounting module the most interesting as I also take Accounting at A |Level and hope to become a Chartered Accountant in the future. I find it interesting that different subjects can overlap and link to each other and so this was my favorite module.

What are your ambitions for the future?

After Wyke I will be starting a Higher Apprenticeship at an Accounting firm, I will be working as an Audit Associate for one of the Big 4.

I believe my Business course will help me in this career massively as I have learnt so much about the way organisations similar to the one I will be joining function.

Do you have any advice for upcoming Business students?

My advice to upcoming Business students would be to stay organised. It is so important to organise your work and assignments, an unorganised folder and memory stick will make it so much harder to meet deadlines and will just cause unnecessary stress.

What is your number 1 top tip for remote learning?

 My number 1 top tip for remote working is to maintain a routine and make sure you’re staying motivated to get assignments handed in and to complete workbooks, it can be hard sometimes but Business teachers always cover well-being in classes which makes you feel much less stressed and at ease with your work.

Thank you so much Daisy, we loved hearing about your time at Wyke so far and your plans to join one of the Big 4. We are really excited to follow your journey.

Louis Mobbs

The Louis Mobbs Story

By | Accounting, Course News, Economics, Law, News, Psychology, Sport, Uncategorised

Recently, we contacted former Wyke student Louis Mobbs to chat about his post-Wyke life. It’s an inspirational story and really outlines what is possible if you really set your mind on achieving your goals. From his Hull secondary school, to Wyke, to Saint Peters USA on a soccer scholarship,  to a career in New York city; Louis’ story is great to read. So instead of editing and rewording, we’re publishing Louis’ email in full.

“I started Wyke in 2010 and finished in 2012. I studied Sports, Psychology, Accounting and Law. My original career choice was either to be a Lawyer or an Accountant as I enjoyed those classes most and the teachers were the ones I was closest too. They had the most influence on me and that’s where my interests lied at the time. I’ll always remember being in accounting with Nicola Baker and having banter about Man Utd and it was her approach to teaching made me enjoy it the most. When it came around to Uni decision time, I didn’t even apply to any universities. I decided that education wasn’t for me and instead of continuing into university, I started work as an accountant at an insurance broker. I soon grew to hate that also (not the job so much, just the 9-5, no ambition lifestyle more than anything) and it was around this time my football was somewhat hitting it’s prime.

I was just selected to play semi professional with North Ferriby and I was also just chosen to be the vice-captain for England Schools u’18s. This really propelled my footballing opportunities and the channels to global football. This is where I was linked to a ‘soccer’ scholarship program to play in the US. I signed up on a Tuesday, had a trial match in London on Thursday in front of 60 US coaches and by Friday had offers on the table for various colleges over the US. I had good connections with two specifically (Fairfield, CT & Saint Peters, NJ) due to players I played with at England choosing the same route and venturing to the US the year before I did. Both coaches came over to Hull to watch me at North Ferriby and I decided to go with Saint Peters. The college is in Jersey City which is a 10 minute ride into NYC, and that was enough to sell me into the move.

I was offered a full scholarship for a 4 year degree in economics, to live on campus and play as a center back. One week after accepting I broke my Patella (knee) and worried if I would be able to make it or if they would rescind the offer as a result. Luckily, I got back to fitness and left in the summer of 2013. I played the first 2 years as a center back before moving into center forward. My junior and senior year I was the captain for the team and was top goal scorer. Through out my collegiate career, I had many chances to play for professional teams and start on the ladder towards being a pro, but none worked out as I wasn’t willing to leave a degree and 100s of thousands of dollars behind to pursue – my goal was to stay in America and get a job I love in NYC. I did just that when I decided to get my real estate license and work for a start up brokerage firm selling and renting properties. One of the best things Ive ever done. I saw apartments, houses, penthouses etc that blew my mind. I attended viewings and parties of the mega rich and famous. This opened my eyes to the NYC life and from there I was addicted; I’m never coming home I told myself. Due to visa requirements, I then left to join an English based recruitment firm who had a NYC office and I’ve been with them since. I’ve since had a beautiful little girl, Alivya, and now live in my own apartment in Downtown Jersey City.

I would re-live my days at Wyke in a heartbeat. There was a feeling of acceptance and unity with Wyke that has never been matched in any endeavor I’ve had since. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some pretty great things since, but Wyke was always a milestone in my life that put me where I am today. It resonated from the upper management staff, through to coaches and assistants and into the teams. From football, to rugby, netball, basketball etc, we were all one, which is hard to find (especially in the US). At the time, Lucid, Julie, Ben, Mike and Gaffa were the ones I was closest to and they are the ones that make Wyke what it is. They respect you and push you – that’s everything you need in a coach/mentor. Wyke is certainly an era of my life that will be unmatched. The people I met, the things I/we accomplished, the friends I made, the memories I created, the lessons I learnt… all are some of the best. As cheesy as it is, they are definitely your best days. I still get excited thinking about some of the memories we had as a team there. My biased opinion is that our class of 2012 was a turning point for Wyke’s sports and where Wyke started to become a known name in most, if not all, sports.”

top 30 under 30

Top 30 Under 30

By | Accounting, Awards, Business, Community, Economics

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Victoria “Tori” Orsbourne, on her nomination for the “Humber’s Top 30 Under 30”, a programme run by a local recruitment agency, to highlight and recognise up and coming talent in the region.

We caught up with Tori, who took the Advanced Apprenticeship route through Majors Chartered Accountants when she completed her A Level in Accounting. Still in Hull, she now works at Harris, Lacey and Swain, which provide a vast range of financial, consultancy and specialist sector service.

“I have been with Harris, Lacey and Swain for almost 3 years and I’m currently studying towards my Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. I have extensive knowledge in the bookkeeping element of QuickBooks and would be more than happy to help anybody who needs it. I’m always smiling and I’m very friendly, so fit in perfectly with the mantra of Harris Lacey and Swain,” said Tori.

According to BusinessLive, “Since qualifying as a chartered certified accountant in 2018, Tori has taken on board the role of training the company’s apprentices and younger staff. She has helped them pass exams and improve fantastically their work, all whilst carrying out her own role with 100 per cent commitment. Her work ethic and patience with people at the start of their career is great to see as is her desire to progress her own knowledge and professional standing. She is a key motivator and a great ambassador for her company!”

BusinessLive Top 30 Under 30

https://www.business-live.co.uk/partners/humbers-top-30-under-30-17939601

Economics

“Since studying Economics, I can’t look at the world the same way!”

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Economics, Uncategorised

Economics is a contemporary, dynamic subject that at its core allows you to gain a much deeper understanding of the world around you and news stories ranging from the price of milk to Brexit and whether more should be done to address plastic pollution. It is a subject that is prestigious and highly respected by HE and employers as you will need to display mathematical skills in analysing data and using diagrams to illustrate cause and effect relationship. Furthermore, your written skills are exhibited through essay writing on key economic issues such as The USA-China trade war and the recent collapse of Thomas Cook.

Economics also delivers fantastic career prospects, Economics graduates gain some of the most highly paid salaries especially in areas of banking, finance and insurance. If you wish to make a difference, past students have worked in developing countries on economic and development programmes and Economics provides an excellent grounding for Accountancy and Business Management professions.

Lessons are lively involving debate, student teaching, group activities and problem solving.

Read what some of our current 2nd year student have to say:

“Since starting studying economics I Can’t look at the world the same way. It makes you think about how the world works as it all runs on economics. The teaching standard is excellent. Staff really are willing to work and help you at all times which is important as economics challenges you.” Jacob Park, Market Weighton School

“Despite being anxious in the beginning of such an unfamiliar subject, I am so pleased that I stuck with the course. Economics has enabled me to debate and discuss problems and topics that are occurring in the real world. To think how much progress I have made from the start of the first year can be credited to the teaching staff who provide great support in and out of lessons.” Lauren Barley, Baysgarth School

“I enjoy economics because it explains things that happen every day in the real world and although it’s an unfamiliar subject you get a lot of support and it’s really interesting.” Lilli Mortimer, Newland School for Girls

advanced accounting apprenticeships

The Face of EY

By | Accounting, Course News, Uncategorised

Izzy Furness, former Beverley High School student joined EY’s Apprenticeship Programme in 2018 shortly after completing her study programme at Wyke.

Izzy developed a passion for Accounting during her two years on Wyke’s A Level Accounting course and soon decided that this was a career she would like to pursue.

Inspired by her Accounting teacher, Izzy kick-started her career at EY one of the big 4 Accountancy firms. From attending Discover EY in London to the EY Business Academy in Edinburgh, Izzy decided to join the Assurance Apprenticeship Programme in Hull and enjoys every moment of it.

“I heard about EY through my College teacher who discussed the Discover EY programme. After being successful through the process, I attended an event in London which gave me a taster of EY. I then applied to the EY Business Academy which is one-week paid work experience and I chose to do this in Edinburgh! On completion, I thought about my options and what route to take and after being successful at final interview with a partner in the Hull office, I began my career there.

My role entails working in teams with a range of different levelled staff to, in short, check/inspect all the financial information of our clients. This means most of our time is spent on a client site.

I’m most looking forward to progressing within EY. Experiencing the new opportunities that different levels and roles will give me, along with passing all my exams and becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant!”

As part of Wyke’s Alumni Programme, Izzy has also returned to the College on numerous occasions, helping to support and inspire our current students.

You can find out more about Accounting at Wyke at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/accounting/

To read more about Izzy’s journey visit: https://ukcareers.ey.com/students/locations/hull

The Wyke of Wall Street

By | Accounting, Biology, Business, Course News, Economics, Law, News

Wyke Sixth Form College will be taking to the streets of New York on our 2020 trip to the big apple.

The trip will focus on the financial, economic and legal structures that make up the bustling city.

Students will be given an amazing opportunity to learn more about the city and its culture whilst exploring some of the most famous streets in the world.

The trip is open to students studying; A Level Law, BTEC Law, Criminology, A Level Business, BTEC Business, Accounting, Economics and Biology.

For more information on this trip please speak to your tutor or email: paul.hamer@wyke.ac.uk

 

Outstanding Support, Outstanding Outcomes

By | Accounting, Business, Course News, Law, News, Uncategorised

What courses did you study at Wyke?

Accounting – B

BTEC Business – Distinction*

Applied Law – Distinction*

Did you enjoy your College experience?

I really enjoyed my college experience.

College for me was a time of significant change in my life, I made lots of new friends, with whom I created a lot of great memories. For the first time I began to enjoy education and take it much more seriously, I think the driving factor behind this was a great network of teachers who were very knowledgeable and brought their personalities and life experience into the role which made the classroom a better place.

What was your favourite subject?

My favourite subject was Accounting. This was closely followed by Law. Both subjects are integral to the society in which we live, which made them that much more interesting to learn because I felt like I was learning more about how the law and economics of society functions around me whilst studying.

What was your highlight of College life?

A single highlight of my college life is extremely hard to pinpoint, I woke up every morning feeling positive and looking forward to the day ahead and there are times in life were that doesn’t happen, so I don’t think it can be understated how important that was to the enjoyment of my 2 years at Wyke.

What skills/ knowledge did you take away with you that have helped post Wyke?

The greatest skills I obtained from Wyke were life skills, I left with a motivation to constantly improve myself, and I left with a wealth of stories from my teachers on their career paths through life, which helped me develop my own idea of what I might wish to do with my future. In addition to this I left Wyke with people who I consider now to be lifelong friends, and who I still regularly catch up with now almost 4 years later.

Did you have any barriers to overcome whilst studying with us?

My biggest struggles during my time at Wyke occurred in my personal and home life. I come from a disadvantaged background, and during my A Level education I found myself with nowhere to live and facing the possibility of homelessness.

Luckily, I had many friends around me who offered up a sofa to sleep on, and I received help from a particularly caring and pro-active member of support staff within the college, who managed to organise financial aid for me as well as a permanent place to live. She went to extra mile to ensure I would be OK. Without that help at the time my situation today could be very different.

 What did you go on to do after college?

After college I went to join EY, who are one of the biggest financial services firms globally, and for them I worked as an Auditor. After 2 years there I achieved a low-level professional accounting qualification known as CFAB and in order to open more careers in the world of finance I went on to start Uni at the University of Sheffield studying Accounting where I still am today.

What are your overall career aspirations?

After gaining some experience of the world of finance through Audit, I’m now planning to go into Tax Accounting, where I will have the choice of being self-employed or working as a tax advisor for another company.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that life can change very quickly, and if another opportunity presents itself that is of interest to me I’m not afraid to change course and try new things along the way, as long as I’m always gaining new skills, knowledge and experiences.

What advice would you give to current sixth form students?

My strong advice to any current sixth form students would be not to worry if you don’t have your career path planned out already.

Keep your options open by putting 100% effort into everything you do, and ensuring you’re constantly growing as an individual by gaining new skills and experience throughout life, eventually you’ll find yourself in a place you’re happy, which will lead you on a path to were you’re supposed to be rather than where you planned to be.

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

By | Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, News, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish

Wyke Sixth Form College is a leading institution for supporting students across the region to access Oxford and Cambridge, the often cited ‘top two universities in the world.’

Each year, Wyke provides a valuable stepping stone for those wishing to secure places at these prestigious universities. In 2018, we celebrated a record number of students in doing so, with 9 students going on to study a wide variety of courses from Law to Biomedical Science.

The successful students came from state schools all across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

One of these students, Bridget Allenby of Cottingham High School said; “I am happy and over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to secure one of the 40 places available on the course is a huge achievement. Coming to Wyke has been a great step for me to take for my future.”

This exceptional outcome is a combined result of fantastic students working with excellent A Level specialist teacher’s in an outstanding college. We also have a dedicated Flyers Programme to help support students aspiring to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

In the current environment, were top universities tend to favour students from private schools and particular parts of the UK, this is demonstration that Wyke, an inclusive sixth form provider is going above and beyond in supporting all students in achieving their potential.