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A Mathematical Genius!

By | Course News, Mathematics

We loved hearing from former Wyke student Katie Weatherill who achieved exceptional success both at college and beyond, going on to study at one of the best universities in the world. Katie studied at Wyke along with her twin sister Lucy and left in 2018 after two fantastic years on a highly academic study programme along with throwing herself into many enrichments and trip opportunities.

What was your study programme at Wyke?

I studied Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

What did you go on to do after Wyke?

I am currently studying a Physics degree at The University of Oxford. (Lucy is also at Oxford!)

What attracted you to choose Maths +/ Further Maths as part of your study programme at Wyke?

Maths is the most important subject for an application for a STEM subject at university but having Further Maths as well makes you stand out, especially for an application to a top university. Taking both courses has been an immense help for my degree which is very mathematical.

What did you enjoy most about these two courses?

I honestly enjoyed all aspects of the courses.

How did the courses compliment each other?

Studying both courses means you get a much wider range of maths knowledge and a much better understanding. It’s a good challenge and a great opportunity not to be missed.

What advice would you give to any upcoming Maths/ Further Maths student?

Everything may seem a little bit overwhelming to start off with but keep going, it will all pay off!

Finally, what was your favourite memory of college life?

I liked all of college life. I thought the college trips were particularly enjoyable. Especially the Physics trip to CERN which was fun and also useful as I was asked about it in 4 of my university interviews!

Thank you so much Katie. We look forward to following the rest of your journey and seeing where your degree takes you in the future!

If you would like to share your own success with us, please do get in touch at: marketing@wyke.ac.uk

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Go far with A Level Further Maths

By | Course News, Mathematics

A Level Further Mathematics is a course which is often wrongly believed to be more difficult than A Level Maths. We thought that we’d break down some of the common misconceptions around the subject, in order to help you make the most informed choice when you’re selecting your A Level subjects.

A level Further Maths is not more difficult than A Level Maths, it just covers other areas of mathematics that can’t fit into A level Maths. It means that Further Maths students will cover different maths topics which is very helpful when they go on to university.

Further Maths students are put in a separate A level Maths classes that consist of only students with the highest GCSE Maths grades. If you are getting an 8 or a 9 at GCSE Maths you should strongly consider doing the AS Further Maths.

A level Further Maths is a totally separate A Level to A Level Maths. Students study A Level Further Maths will get a grade in A Level Maths and another grade for A Level Further Maths, plus a separate amount of UCAS points.

You DO NOT have to study Further Maths as a fourth subject. In reality the majority of the Further Maths students study Further Maths as their third A level.

Most universities, especially Russell Group members, see Further Maths as a major plus. Two of our current set of Oxbridge students only study 3 A levels and 1 of these is Further Maths. The majority of Further Maths students are NOT going on to university to study Maths. In fact, they often go on to study a whole range of subjects, including:

  • Engineering,
  • Physics,
  • Natural Sciences,
  • Accounting and
  • Economics.

We hope that you find this useful. More information about our A Level Further Mathematics course can be found on the course leaflet – simply select it from the subject page and click download!

 

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First Class Education

By | Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Spanish

An official report shows that 33% of former Wyke students, who graduated in 2019, achieved a first class degree classification.

The HESA report, published by the Sixth Form Colleges Association, reveals that the academic performance of Wyke students, who progressed onto university, achieved higher than any other sector average. That includes the independent school sector ( 30.4%) and school sixth forms (28.1%).

For more information about our Oxbridge and Flyer programmes, visit https://wyke.ac.uk/wyke-flyers/. Both these Wyke programmes are designed to further support our students in achieving outstanding success and preparing them for transition to highly competitive universities such as the Russell Group and Oxbridge, further study or progression into competitive industries.

Miriam Payne

Sleep Deprivation, Blisters and Waves

By | Community, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics
Former Wyke student, Miriam Payne, is planning a record-breaking year in 2022.
 
After studying A Level Physics, Maths and Further Maths at Wyke, as well as taking part in the Netball team and a successful summit up Mount. Kilimanjaro, Miriam is now studying for a degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow.
 
Miriam said, “At university I’m part of the Boat Club’s high-performance squad. Together, with one of boat club friends, I’m entered in the “Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2022”. This is a journey which will see us row 3000 miles across to Atlantic Ocean, from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
 
During the race, we will row in shifts of 2 hours on and 2 hours off, rotating between the two of us. As the race is classed as unassisted, we will have to carry everything we need for the crossing from the beginning. We cannot accept any supplies and we must learn how to work/fix all the electrical equipment on board. We will battle seasickness, sleep deprivation, blisters and waves of up to 30ft.
 
We are aiming to become the youngest and fastest female pair to row any ocean, aiming to complete the challenge in under 50 days. And that’s just the race. In the lead up to the race we need to find a lot of corporate sponsorship to enable us to buy a boat and the equipment we need as well as aiming to raise around £100,000 for charity. Our charities are ‘Mind’ and ‘Wellbeing of Women’.”
 
To help Miriam achieve her goal, break the record and back her charities, follow her on Instagram @seastheday2022
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Preparing for Study: A Level Maths and Further Maths

By | Mathematics
If you are in Year 11 and starting to think about preparing for your sixth form courses, there are a variety of free online resources available that we would recommend having a look at on both Future Learn and the Gresham websites.

It is worth noting that the Maths and Further Maths resources have an excellent series on the applications of Mathematics by Professor Chris Budd.

These are really useful for doing some deeper reading and getting a head start on your subject along with exploring university/career pathways and identifying how your subjects apply to everyday life and society.
They also provide a great way to discover potential EPQ topics if you are looking to include this course in your study programme.
 
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RSC Awards

Royal Society of Chemistry Award Winners

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

Congratulations to all students who secured an award in the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) International Chemistry Olympiad!

“A big thank you to all for taking part in this very challenging competition, especially the 1st year students,” said Paul Yardley, Head of Chemistry at Wyke.

Designed to challenge and inspire, the UK Chemistry Olympiad is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the British Isles. This enriching experience is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field.

Budding chemists will develop critical problem-solving skills, learn to think more creatively and get a chance to test their knowledge in new, real-world situations. They could even find themselves flying off to represent the UK at the prestigious International Chemistry Olympiad.

Here is the list of Awards!

Jamie Dosdale Gold Award

Thomas Sedman Silver Award

Patrick Donohue Silver Award

Katy Stefura Silver Award

Marcus Brady Silver Award

Kiran Buzza Silver Award

Ugochukwu Ezeokoye Bronze Award

Ashleigh Martin Bronze Award

Julia Louw Bronze Award

George Khan Bronze Award

Rohaan Jarvis Bronze Award

Morgan Toft Bronze Award

Ellie Crick Bronze Award

Cecilia Yang Bronze Award

Oliver Peacock Bronze Award

Leah Kipwanya Bronze Award

Dylan Turner Bronze Award

Joel Robinson Bronze Award

Annabel Hardy Bronze Award

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.

Weatherill Twins

Oxford Twins

By | Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

2018 was another outstanding year at Wyke Sixth Form College. Students on the college’s flagship Flyers programme celebrated a record number of offers from Oxford and Cambridge. On A Level results day, eight students confirmed that they had achieved the grades to study at two of the most prestigious universities in the world. This was an even greater achievement when you consider that other institutions in the region had reported limited success in progression to Oxbridge.

 

Former Withernsea High students Lucy and Katie Weatherill gained excellent A levels in Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry to secure their offers. They are currently both studying at the University of Oxford, Katie reading Physics at Christ Church College and Lucy taking Chemistry at Balliol College. “Proud Mum” Mrs Wetherill recently emailed Wyke photographs of both Lucy and Katie attending their matriculation, a ceremony that marks their formal admission to the University.

 

To see how we can help you in securing a place at a Russell Group University or how to access the Flyers programme, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 17th January 5.30pm-8pm.

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.