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Science Joins the Excellence Network

By | Applied Science, Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, News, Physics

Head of Chemistry, Paul Yardley, and Head of Biology, Lee Baxter, have been invited to contribute to a teaching excellence working day this autumn.

Due to the outstanding exam performance in both subjects, Paul and Lee are going to spend the day discussing their teaching methods, spreading their good practice, with other teachers from across the UK.

Both A Level Biology and Chemistry recorded a significant positive value added grade, with students achieving at least half an A level grade higher than their predicted grade. The data is based upon the 2018 A Level results and the science department is looking forward to further involvement when their 2019 exam results are analysed.

The Education Training Foundation (EFT), the government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector, supports this network meeting. With over 20,000 members, it is the largest professional membership organisation for practitioners in the post-16 sector. The EFT remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills status and Advanced Teacher Status.

There will an opportunity to talk with the science teaching staff at our forthcoming open events, with dates from October to February. For further details of dates and timings please visit, https://wyke.ac.uk/events/category/open-events/

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

 

iceland 2019

Land of Ice and Fire

By | Biology, College Trips, Course News, Geography, Mathematics

The visit to Iceland was undertaken by the Geography Department in March.  Cyril Clark and Kerry Thompson took 24 geographers to the island of ‘ice and fire’ to study landforms and processes associated with constructive plate boundaries and glaciation.

The trip was highly successful partly because of the exciting itinerary but mainly because of the fantastic group of students that took a great deal of interest in the geographical landscape.

It was an early start on the first day.  All students were up and ready in the hotel reception at

4.45am ready to check in at the airport.   All students were wearing their bright red Wyke hoodies and followed all instructions in a military fashion to ensure swift clearance of luggage check and customs.  By 11am we were in a very cold snowy Iceland.

Our tour guide, Steffan (also a professional opera singer and huge fan of Wyke students), took us to our first destination, Gunnuhver, where we could walk among mud pools and steam vents generated from the geothermal reservoir beneath the rift valley.  We then drove past lava fields and crater rows to the Bridge between Continents, spanning a fissure acknowledged to be the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs through Iceland.  Crossing this symbolic bridge, we witnessed the effects of continental drift.

Our next stop was Stampar Craters where we could walk among pahoehoe and aa lavas that formed 800 years ago in eruptions known as the “Reykjanes Fires”.  These were fissure eruptions along a 4km fault which created the spatter cones called the Stampar crater row.  These lava fields are in an active rift zone which is prone to frequent but very small earthquakes.

We then visited Reykjanesviti, Iceland’s oldest lighthouse and Mt. Valahnúkur, composed of tuff layers, pillow lava and breccia.  The mountain was formed in a single eruption and shows evidence of the different phases of the eruption.   A drive along the coast allowed us to observe relic cliffs formed from the isostatic uplift following the end of the last glaciation.

The highlight of the day was dressing in hard hats and crampons to tunnel underground in a hollowed out lava tube.

We stayed at Snotra Hostel in the foothills of Eyjafjallajökull, where Cyril instructed the students on completion of their fieldwork booklet.

The second day was equally impressive.  We started by visiting SKogafoss a wide, thundering curtain of water 60m high and then made our way to Solheimajokull to trek on its frozen glacial snout careful to avoid the deep crevasses.  Our experienced glacier guide taught us how to use basic ice equipment, crampons and ice axes.

After lunch, we visited Reynishverfi where we could walk along the black volcanic beach to see magnificent basalt cliffs and caves.  Then to Dyrhólaey – the name means ‘door hill island’ – with its 120m high natural rock arch, this prominent headland is likely to have been formed in a submarine eruption similar to that of Surtsey Island in 1963.

After visiting another spectacular waterfall, it was back to the hostel for more fieldwork tasks and quiz night.  After the quiz we went to seek the Northern Lights with high hopes from the promising forecast – unfortunately none were to be seen.

The last day was the highlight for some students (me) as we were able to relax in the hot waters of the Secret Lagoon. With the steam rising into the air, the place has a magical feeling.  The water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year round and is perfect for bathing.  We soon cooled off during our next stop at Gullfoss.  These double falls drop around 33m then plunge into a mile-long gorge – one of the coldest moments of my life!

We then went to visit the site of Geysir, a spouting hot spring that gave its name to all the world’s geysers. Although it doesn’t often spout nowadays, its neighbour ‘Strokkur’ erupts every 10-15 minutes reaching a height of around 30m.   We then had a quick stop at Efstidalur dairy farm so that everyone could enjoy an ice-cream whilst standing in a blizzard.

We really appreciated the warmth of the coach as it took us to our last stop frequently used in The Game of Thrones for cold locations.  This National Park is where Iceland’s parliament was established in 930AD. The site straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, its rift valley forming where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart at an average of 3cm a year.

The last night was spent in Reykjavik, where we came face to face with the storm that was to cause havoc in the UK the next day.  A windy walk to the Hard Rock Café for tea and then bed after an exciting and exhausting three days of spectacular geography.

This was an amazing trip and one the students will never forget.

“An excellent preperation for applying to Medicine”

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, News, Physics, Religious Studies

The eyes of millions of breakfast television viewers were on former Hornsea School student Max Joy as he opened his results live on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, revealing the 1 A* in Chemistry and 2 A’s in Biology and Maths that secured his place at Hull York Medical School.

“I chose Hull York Medical School after attending open events where I fell in love with it. The staff and the experiences that I had there were amazing. As a student at Wyke Sixth Form College I was part of the Pre-Medical Programme which was excellent in preparing for me for the whole process of applying to Medicine which included help with the entrance examinations, advice on my UCAS application and mock interviews.

Wyke is a fantastic college and I have absolutely loved every single moment. My subjects, the experiences and the teachers are amazing.”

Max was just one of 9 Wyke students who secured a place on a Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science (MDV) courses last year.

Wyke’s Pre-Medical Programme

We recognise that University applications for MDV courses are highly competitive, therefore, we offer an established two-year Programme to support students aspiring to these careers.

Our Pre-Medical Programme ensures our students are well advised about all aspects of their future career and receive all of the guidance and support needed to make a competitive application. Whether this is individual subject support to secure top grades, help locating work experience, information on university applications or preparation for interview, Wyke Sixth Form College is there at each stage of student’s Medical career journey.

We also welcome first-class speakers, organise high-quality workshops and run a variety of events including the popular Royal Society of Medicine Careers Day.

Visit our next Open Evening where there will be a dedicated talk on the Programme or see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz_PZUgehtE

Wyke opens the door to Oxbridge

By | Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Government & Politics, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, News, Physchology, Physics, 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.

Life at Wyke with Megan Coates

By | Biology, Course News, Criminology, Mathematics, News, Uncategorised

Our students get up to some pretty amazing things.

Read aspiring Forensic Scientist Megan’s case study, where she talks about her studies, ambitions for the future and volunteering trip to South Africa!

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What do you study at Wyke?

Biology

Maths

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I wanted a fresh start rather than staying on at school.

I visited Wyke at a number of open days and I liked how it had a university style feel and that students have a lot more freedom and the opportunity to be more independent.

Unlike staying on at school, I also have specialist A Level teachers who are solely focused on you.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

I went on Wyke’s trip to South Africa where I was able to volunteer in disadvantaged areas for two weeks helping to improve living conditions for people there with other Wyke students and staff. This was in association with the charity Botshabelo – it was a fantastic experience!

Have you been involved in any of Wyke’s enrichment opportunities?

Alongside the volunteering trip to South Africa, I have been on quite a few subject trips for Criminology which have all been really interesting. I am also part of the Wyke’s Flyers Programme.

What is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Achieving an A in my Criminology course has definitely been one of my greatest achievements. I have also recently completed my UCAS application and believe I did this to the best of my ability too!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I’d love to go to University to study Biomedical Science and in the future branch out and specialise in Forensic Science.

What do you like to do outside of College?

I dance at my dance academy three times a week and participate in exams in various genres, pantomimes and shows.

If you had to describe Wyke in one word what would it be?

Inclusive

 

If you have been inspired by Megan or any of our other students case studies, come and find out more about Wyke at one of our upcoming Open Events.

Student holding up results sheet on results day

Outstanding Oxbridge success

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, News, Physchology

This year, Wyke Sixth Form College celebrated a record number of students receiving offers from Oxford and Cambridge, with eight students confirming that they achieved the grades to study at two of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Bridget Allenby achieved A* A*A* A, confirming her place at the University of Oxford to study Biomedical Sciences.

 

Upon opening her results, Bridget said: “I’m happy and just over the moon right now. To be lucky enough to be offered one of the 40 places available on the course was a huge achievement, but to finally know I’ve got the grades I needed is an amazing feeling. I’m excited to experience being a student at Oxford which is known internationally for it’s incredible academic reputation and high standards of teaching.”

 

For Alice Gowland, now studying Psychology at the University of Oxford, choosing to study at Wyke was due to the additional support and academic excellence of the college: “I chose to study at Wyke for its academic excellence. I also felt that Wyke would be the best college to support my ambition of studying at Oxford. As part of the Flyers programme, I was provided with a lot of support in being an early applicant to university. My teachers gave me the encouragement and confidence in myself to work hard to achieve the results that I have today.”

 

To see how we can help you in securing a place at a top university, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 25th October 5.30pm-8pm.

Making Medics at Wyke

By | Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, News, Physics

Wyke Sixth Form College’s Pre-Medical Programme has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with a record number of students progressing onto study Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

We recognise that University applications for these courses are highly competitive, therefore, we offer an established two-year programme to support students who are considering applying.

The programme aims to ensure students are well advised about all aspects of their future career and receive the guidance needed to make a competitive application. Whether this is individual subject support to secure top grades, help locating work experience, information on university applications or preparation for interview, Wyke Sixth Form College is there at each stage of student’s Medical career journey.

We also welcome first-class speakers, organise high-quality workshops and run a variety of events including the popular Royal Society of Medicine Careers Day.

Max Joy, former student at Wyke has now progressed onto study Medicine at Hull York Medical School and has commended the Programme; “As a student at Wyke I was part of the Pre-Medical Programme which was excellent in preparing me for the whole process of applying to Medicine including help with entrance examinations, advice on my UCAS application and mock interviews. I can’t recommend it enough.”

This year, we were delighted to see more students than ever engaging with the Programme and are looking forward to supporting them in achieving their future aspirations.

To find out more about our Pre-Medical Programme, there will be a dedicated talk at our upcoming Open Evenings.

RMS

So you want to be a doctor?

By | Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, News, On Campus, Physics

Join Wyke Sixth Form College on Thursday 11th October as we team up with The Royal Society of Medicine to bring you the popular Medical Careers Day 2018.

The day offers students guidance from experts on why to choose a career in medicine and will cover a wide range of topics from the application process to the realities of medical life.

The event is aimed at year 11/12 students, although younger students are encouraged to attend if they believe it would benefit them from hearing more information on choosing a career in medicine.

What will you get out of it?

  • Advice on the application process
  • Interview training
  • Guidance on the different aptitude test
  • Tips on your personal statement
  • Advice on how to get the right work experience
  • Advice on the interview process
  • Tips on choosing the right medical school

Feedback from last year’s event was excellent, with many students saying that it helped them to decide whether they wanted to pursue a career in medicine.

The day also helped many of our own students with a record number of them securing places on medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine courses last year.

 When?

9.00am – 4.00pm, Thursday 11 October 2018

Where?

Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknall Avenue, Hull, HU5 4NT

How much?

£15 per delegate

£8 reduced rate for Wyke Sixth Form College students

Find out more and register today at: www.rsm.ac.uk/events/smm01

We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting and educational day.

BSF

British Science Festival

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, College Trips, Community, Course News, News, On Campus, Physics

A large contingent of Applied Science students will be visiting the British Science Festival next week as this prestigious event comes to Hull for the first time.

The students will be attending two lectures held at the Hull University campus. “Space Medicine” looks how space exploration affects the health of astronauts. The second talk, “The Weight of Expectation”, explores the health debates surrounding the obesity crisis.

Both lectures are not only informative; they also directly link into the student’s assessment and qualification. One of the units on Applied Science, “How Scientists Communicate their Work”, is supported by the information available at the festival.

The British Science Festival is the longest-standing science Festival in the UK. Organised by the British Science Association, it grew out of the tradition of the annual meetings of the Association – first held in York in 1831, and annually at cities across the UK. The four-day event is one of Europe’s longest-established science festivals, which each year travels to a new part of the UK, bringing a vast array of events, performances and exhibitions with a scientific twist.

Working in partnership with the University of Hull and other organisations in the Humber region, the British Science Festival is a flagship event as part of Hull’s City of Culture legacy focusing on three key areas – energy and the environment; health and the medical sciences; and exploration, movement and discovery.