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Abode

Festival Award

By | Awards, Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Media

Huge congratulations to former Wyke A Level Media Studies, Drama & Theatre and English Language student Anna Bant who’s short film, Abode, won ‘Best Student Short’ at The London Short Film Festival and has been nominated for two more festivals this week.

Anna, who came to Wyke from Beverley High, produced her film as part of her studies on the BA (Hons) Cinematography and Film/Video Production degree at the Northern School of Arts, Leeds.

Abode is a drama short film following a young girl, Becky Bromwell, escaping her abusive partner. After confronting her friend, she finds herself venturing the streets in rejection from society. This leads to her questioning where her humble abode really is. Anna says, “As a crew we worked hard in preparation and production for this film, including the isolation of cast and crew members at different times due to Covid. We were able to overcome this and continue to create a cinematic film.”

Discover more about filming making and media production opportunities at Wyke by visiting our Media and Film courses.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit: Benjamin Underwood

By | Course News, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media

As part of National Careers Week 2021, we have been lucky enough to catch up with some of the wonderful members of our Alumni Community.

Benjamin Underwood, former student and Owner of the amazing animated video production company Squideo was one of these. Benjamin studied A Levels in Media, Film, Graphic Design and English Language and progressed onto study Broadcast Media at Leeds Met University.

Inspired by his passion for video production, creativity and year in Japan, Squideo was brought to life 6 years ago. The company has since achieved outstanding success growing from a one-man band to a highly professional team of ten who work alongside clients all around the world including the FA, Unilever and Barclays – impressive!

Benjamin gives us a great insight into his journey, along with providing some valuable advice for students aspiring to a similar career.

What is your current position?

Owner of Squideo – Animated video company

What did you enjoy the most about your subjects?

Learning a range of skills that could be of real benefit graphics, editing, filming etc. Having the opportunity to see which one I liked best and finding out which I was strongest in.

Did you take part in any enrichment activities at Wyke?

Media trip to New York which was EPIC! Made me realise I wanted to do and be something big. What is your favourite memory from your time at College? Shooting and editing this music video: Media Studies Video. What a masterpiece.

Please give a little bit of detail about what you progressed onto do after College

University course in Broadcast Media at Leeds Met based at Hull College. I had a year in Japan and came back to set up my own animation business 6 years ago. Grown from just myself to a team of 10 working with clients from around the world including the FA, Unilever and Barclays.

Tell us a little bit about your current role.

I work mainly on developing the business now and managing the team. I do occasionally dip back into production when we get super busy as it’s something I really enjoy. What do you find the most enjoyable about this position? I love creating concepts and ideas as well as learning new creative skills as much as I can. I also enjoy creating opportunities for other people which is something I’ve been able to do through the business.

Has there been a particular highlight for you so far?

Not being told what to do is the biggest highlight. It’s nice to go into the office with a great collaborative atmosphere with motivated people.

How did your sixth form studies help you in your current role?

Helped me through giving me access to the editing suite and equipment. Allowed me to focus my time on doing what i wanted to do with the support i needed around me. Do you have any hobbies or interests in your spare time? I enjoy learning Japanese, Boxing, Weight Lifting and creating other businesses. I always need something to do.

Do you have any advice for Wyke students aspiring to a similar career?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get your foot in the door where you can. If you want something bad enough it will happen. Never stop learning and do things for free. Your skills and portfolio are your biggest assets in this industry

Thanks Benjamin! We are excited to see where your business takes you over the coming years. #MakeItHappen

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Talking Media and Film

By | Course News, Film Studies, Media

Want to know the difference between A Level Media and BTEC Media? Can you study A Level Film with A Level Media Studies? To get the best answer, listen to the students. Harvey Duncan, Emma Purdy and Amelie Flint, reflect on their learning, study decisions, future plans and life after Wyke.

Watch snippets of their live presentation from our recent virtual open evening on Wyke TV https://youtu.be/BRY5PpRYjn4

Both Media and Film combine with so many other subjects, and “no”, you don’t have to have studied media or film at GCSE to take these subjects at Wyke.

To guarantee an interview for a place at Wyke, please apply before the 15th January. Apply directly to Wyke through our website. https://wyke.ac.uk/apply-online/

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Suda gains a Scholarship

By | Awards, Creative Media, Media, News

Congratulations to Suda Mohamedin who has been awarded the Sir Ray Tindle Scholarship from the University for the Creative Arts.

The former Malet Lambert student, who is now studying Media & Television Production, was one of only 5 recipients of the scholarship, which provides financial support to students who demonstrate outstanding creative potential in their chosen field of study.

The specialist creative arts university, whose alumni include Turner Prize nominated artist Tracey Emin and fashion designer Karen Miller said: “we were overwhelmed by the high volume of quality applications we received and the UCA Disbursement Panel had an incredibly tough job choosing between so many talented candidates. Suda should be immensely proud of this achievement.”

We are immensely proud of you too Suda and wish you the best of luck at university.

Emilia Barry

Aspiring Film Producer

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Film Studies, Fine Art, French, Media

Former Wyke Sixth Form College student, Emilia Barry, has spent the last couple of months overseeing the pre-production of Young Adults, a short film in association with the National Youth Film Academy.

After collecting her A level results in Film Studies, French and Fine Art this summer, Emilia will leave for London’s Ravensbourne University where she hopes to pursue her lifelong dream of working in the industry.

She said: “My obsession with cinema started when I was about four-years-old. I became really obsessed with Tim Burton after seeing Corpse Bride because that was the first film that made me cry and I developed a massive love for him and all of his films.

“Then when I was eight I watched the academy awards and I sort of got this sense that this is where I belonged and this is where my future was going to be.

“So from that point onwards on knew the film industry was the industry I wanted to work in it was just figuring out where I wanted to work that was a challenge.”

“I went through phases of wanting to work in all different types of roles and then when I was 16 I worked with BFI to produce my first ever short film and I realised that I’m sort of a natural producer.

“Ultimately I’d like to be a producer/writer/director but right now I’m focusing very much on producing because that’s the thing I need to learn the most for.”

She said being an aspiring filmmaker in Hull isn’t easy but more distinguished names from the area are often willing to lend a hand.

“It’s definitely more challenging than it is for a lot of my friends in the industry who are based in the south or bigger places like Manchester where the film industry is more prominent,” she said.

“But it is still absolutely possible to get involved with it from Hull.

“There are a few big film makers from Hull such as Chris Hees and Sean McAllister – if you can in touch with them or get involved with BFI then that can be a great opportunity, if you really prove yourself to them and then they will be a reference for you.”

This year her A level results will be determined by predicated grades and coursework. What had promised to be a hectic few months suddenly became a clear schedule. Emilia took full advantage of the time, throwing herself into the production of Young Adults.

She said: “At the start of May I was put in touch with 14 other people who were aged between 16 and 26 from all around the country.

“I’d never met them before and we all had to come together to come up with a concept for a film and then just create it.

“My job in this has been pretty major so far because it’s all been pre-production. I had to spend pretty much every day of lockdown down on meetings, with emails, and dealing with paperwork.

“We’ve also been doing a lot of script surgery and contacting businesses, making sure everyone knows what’s going on and trying to establish locations for the film, additional casting and everything.”

She described the film as a part coming of age tale and part family drama, with a focus on the tensions within families.

As part of the project the team must raise funds to meet the production costs of the film which includes equipment, locations, casting, distribution and advertising.

Visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/young-adults-short-film to help Emilia reach the £8,000 production target.

 

Media Studies

Preparing for Study: A Level Media

By | Course News, Media

If you are in Year 11 and starting to think about preparing for your A Level Media course at Wyke, there are a variety of free online resources available that we would recommend using; The Open University and Future Learn.

Both websites offer free short courses covering a wide range of fascinating and current topics including:

  • Gender representation in the media
  • Connecting films with audiances
  • Sport media and culture

These are really useful for doing some deeper reading, getting a head start on your subject along with exploring university/career pathways and identifying how your subjects relate 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.

Student working in the library on her Extended Project Qualification

Calling all aspiring screenwriters!

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Media, Performing Arts

Writing is a great creative outlet, especially during times like these. So how about turning to script writing as a way to channel those creative energies?

The BBC Writer’s Room is currently running a competition called ‘InterConnected’.

They are looking for original short-form scripts whose characters are now in isolation but connecting with each other via video conferencing.

The deadline for this competition is Monday 30th March.

Do you want give it a go? Here are a few guidelines:

  • Scripts must be between 5 and 10 minutes in length (around 5-10 pages)
  • Scripts must contain between 2 and 4 characters
  • Characters must be over the age of 16

For more information, follow the link to the main page: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/interconnected

The winning scripts will be produced with professional actors and released on BBC platforms throughout April. The selected scripts will each receive £300.

You don’t need to have previous experience of script writing, and if you’re thinking “I’ve never written a script before” don’t worry, the BBC Writer’s Room website has plenty of advice and an archive of published scripts to help you get an idea of how to format your work.

Head of English, Jamie Farrow, is happy to read your work and provide feedback. If you’d like him to do this, please make sure you email him your submission by the morning of Saturday 28th March.

Good luck!

#MakeItHappen

Media Career for Millie

By | Course News, Media

Former Winifred Holtby Academy Head Girl Millie is now enjoying the first year of her degree, studying Media at The University of Salford.

Over the next three years, Millie will be advancing on topics covered during her A Level course. She will be located at the impressive Salford campus which is partnered with Media City, the home of the BBC and ITV in the North of England.

Millie really enjoyed her creative courses at Wyke, especially the practical element of creating a new fashion magazine brand which ultimately inspired her to take this career further.

Speaking of her time at Wyke, Millie said: “My love for the subject started with my Media coursework where we made a new fashion brand. It all branched from there, I was really into the Marketing side of this online.

I would strongly recommend choosing A Level Media Studies if you are creative like me, the course and the teachers are amazing.”

We wish Millie the very best as she continues with her studies.

Radio 1

Let’s Talk About Sex

By | Media, News, On Campus

Today BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat’s Nesta McGregor visited Wyke to interview students about their experiences of sexual health education in school.

The news programme, which is aimed at a target audience of 16-24 year olds, is broadcast worldwide via BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1XTRA and the BBC Sounds app.

Six students, Joe, Arthur, Tyler, Ryan, Nadia and Meg, were interviewed about their thoughts on sexual health education lessons and what they think could be done to improve them.

Nesta’s visit comes after a joint report by the Terrence Higgins Trust and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, claimed that spending on sexual health education in England has been cut by 25% since 2014.

It follows on from the announcement that sexual health education will become a statutory feature in all schools and colleges in England in September 2020, in accordance to the proposals made in March 2017 by then Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Nesta for taking the time to come and speak to our students.

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Top 10% Status Confirmed!

By | Awards, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Media, News, Physics, Sociology

Wyke Sixth Form College are proudly celebrating another exceptionally successful year. The Department for Education 16-18 performance tables, published today, confirm that Wyke is “the best” A level provider in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire, placing us in the top 10% of all schools and colleges in the country.

In addition, Ofsted’s recently published Inspection Data Summary Report, highlights our students’ achievements as significantly above the national average. Students studying Biology, Sociology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport/PE and Graphics make particularly significant progress.

Examples of Wyke students who made exceptional progress are former Sirius West student, Bongani Mathema who gained a place on BSc(Hons) Sports & Exercise Science at Loughborough University with three A*s in Biology, PE and Psychology. Will Brandrick, former Baysgarth student, achieved three As in science to secure a place to study Medicine at Lincoln University. And, in an amazing year, former Hessle High student, Daisy Betts won a national dance competition, and gained A*\A\A in Dance, PE and Criminology to move onto a Dance degree at LIPA.

Wyke’s GCSE success is also highlighted in the document. Students on our foundation year, re-taking their GCSEs, are making notable progress. 68% of students who didn’t achieve a GCSE pass in English at school have improved by a grade, with 62% who didn’t achieve a GCSE pass in maths, making similar progress.

Alongside our A level students, 80% of students on vocational programmes, including Health & Social Care, Applied Law, Sport, Music Technology, Creative Media, Performing Arts, Applied Science and IT, achieve the equivalent of three A*s.

In this academic year, outstanding results accompany other indicators of excellence. Our Sport, PE and Dance teachers won the Pearson Teaching Team of the Year Award, eight students have received offers from Oxbridge and our Pre-medical Programme has grown by over 100%.

Principal Paul Britton said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work, determination and effort that all our students and staff put into ensuring that the young people of Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire can achieve exceptional success.  These results show that we are well on our way to being the best sixth form college in the country.”

Wyke are currently interviewing students for a September start and welcome applications through the college website, wyke.ac.uk, LogOnMoveOn and Lincs2u.