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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

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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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Chemistry Visit University Lab

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In preparation for their A level examination, a group of 60 second year Chemistry students visited the Chemistry Department at Hull University.

Besides viewing demonstrations on a mass spectrometer and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, the students also got supported time in a laboratory to conduct experiments. In small groups they were challenged to assemble apparatus to dehydrate a sample of 2-methylcyclohexanol.

The understanding of this process will help refine the students organic practical skills, an aspect of Chemistry A level Paper 3. It was also an opportunity to explore the fantastic facilities at our local university.

Many of the students are looking to progress onto a science based degree and this experience enhanced their understanding of undergraduate study.

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Oxbridge Applications

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

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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

Dulcie Mudd

Next Step towards a Paramedic Career

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“Wyke Sports Personality” Dulcie Mudd celebrated her A level results with an interview on local radio station KCFM. Dulcie achieved Bs in Applied Science, PE and Psychology. These excellent grades have secured her a place on Paramedic Science at Hull University, a profession she has always wanted to pursue.

Alongside her studies Dulcie was also a key member of the college’s netball team, regularly competing in cup and league games.

After she opened her results Dulcie had some sound advice for new students. “My advice would be to work really hard from the start but also enjoy it as it flies by. Taking part in sports teams or any extracurricular activity is also something I would also advise.”

See Dulcie’s full interview on our YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejUvDZ0fC-k&feature=youtu.be 

peter mears

All Smiles on Results Day

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Congratulations to Peter Mears on gaining outstanding results at Wyke.

Peter, a former Driffield School student, achieved A* Chemistry, A Maths and A Biology and is now preparing for a place at Leeds University to study Dentistry.

“Wyke gave me greater independence and the ability to move onto the next level. The science trip to CERN was one of my highlights and the help I gained from the Wyke Medics Society made sure that I was confident in my UCAS personal statement.”

See Peter’s interview in full on our YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/3KhyoikCXyo