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“An excellent preperation for applying to Medicine”

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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

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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

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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.

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Outstanding Oxbridge success

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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

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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?

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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 | No Comments

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.

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Record Number of Oxbridge Offers

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Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating a record number of students receiving Oxbridge offers for September 2018.

This year, eleven students have received offers, with two students offered a place onto a course with just 35 places available nationally.

Assistant Principal and Coordinator of the Flyers Programme Jamie Davies said, “we are thrilled that a record number of students have received Oxbridge offers for September 2018. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of the students and it is a testament to their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work. They have all taken extra enrichment activities, completed Extended Project Qualifications and participated in workshops and interview preparation events supported by staff at Wyke along with the University of Oxford, the University of Hull and industry professionals from the local area to support their applications.”

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Star Physics Students

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

Wyke A-level Physics have recently completed ground-breaking research into the evolution of the solar system. During the summer, Eloise Buxton (former Driffield student) and Eve Ferry-Bolder (former Newland School for Girls student) conducted their research during a STEM event at the Milne Centre in the Astrophysics Department of the University of Hull.

Eve and Eloise were given a large dataset from several cosmological simulations of spiral galaxies. Eve was asked to characterise the relationship between the ages of stars and their kinematics. Eloise was asked to analyse the distribution of elemental abundance ratios (C/O and Mg/Si) which control the mineralogy of rocky planets.

Physics teacher Stuart Lyon commented, “In nature there is a loose correlation for stars near the Sun, in which old stars have higher velocity dispersion than younger ones. Something causes kinematic heating, whether it is bombardment of the disk by satellite galaxies or gravitational shocks due to spiral arms and giant molecular clouds continuously heating the disk.”

Eve was commended for showing how simulations compare with stars in nature. Eloise found that for the elemental nucleosynthesis models used in the simulations, she found rocky planets to be rich in olivine and metallic iron, with minimal pyroxene – often called ’silicon-rich Earths’ rather than truly Earth-like.

The students’ research was published and showcased during the awards ceremony at the University of Hull in September, to celebrate the CREST research event. Besides being an excellent addition to their CVs, Eve’s work received an iPad is recognition for her outstanding research.

Royal Society of Medicine

Medical Careers Day

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So you want to be a doctor?

For the first time, the Royal Society of Medicine’s popular Medical Careers Day will be taking place in Hull at Wyke Sixth Form College on Thursday 12 October 2017.

Applying to medical school can be somewhat confusing. So the RSM has put together a service for school students, which aims to provide information needed to navigate your way through the application process and getting into medical school.

This day offer’s school students guidance from experts on the application process for applying to study medicine and gives an insight into life in the medical field.

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

The day will inform students interested in a medical career on how to choose the right medical school, provide tips on their interview technique and discuss the importance of the right work experience. Students will also gain an insight into life as a medical student.

Wyke Deputy Principal Mark Rothery said, “We are delighted that the Royal Society of Medicine have chosen this year to offer one of their hugely popular Medical Careers Day courses in Hull. It’s great to see another facet of the National recognition we are enjoying as City of Culture – we are certainly more on the map!

I’m doubly delighted that they have chosen Wyke Sixth Form College as the venue for the event. This one day conference is open to all Year 11 and 12 students that are considering becoming doctors.”

Booking and further details are available at https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/events-listing/2017-2018/groups/schools-programme/smk01-2017-rsm-medical-careers-day-so-you-want-to-be-a-doctor-(hull)

You can also find out more and sign up to the RMS careers newsletter at www.rsm.ac.uk/careers-in-medicine