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Joseph Harling

Golden Opportunity

By | Awards, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Congratulations to Joseph Harling for winning a Gold award at this year’s Physics Olympiad.

In fact, 2021 has been a great year for our Physics department. Stuart Lyon, Head of Physics, is really happy with the performance of the first year students. “Overall, the college collected one gold, three silver and one bronze. Some of the best results that Wyke has ever achieved”.

This prestigious competition is administered by The University of Oxford and provides an exciting opportunity for students to stretch their problem solving skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations.

For Joseph, who participates in the College’s Flyer and Oxbridge programmes, this award will be a valued addition to his university statement. After Wyke, he is aiming to study at a Russell Group, with an aim to develop an academic career.

To discover more about the benefits of this competitive and Joseph’s future plans, visit our YouTube channel.

Spotlight on Chemistry: Tom Parsons

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Train to Teach

Next up in our British Science Week subject spotlight is chemistry teacher Tom Parsons. We asked him about his enthusiasm for the subject and why becoming a chemistry teacher was the career path for him.

What interests you most about chemistry?
Chemistry is fascinating as it really explains how the world around us works – combining the more applicable parts of physics and the more in-depth aspects of biology. It is the perfect science to understand the best bits of how the world works and gives greater meaning to many of the processes that take place around us.

What can upcoming students expect to gain from studying chemistry?
Chemistry is that is incredibly diverse. In chemistry, students can develop their skills in multiple areas – from mathematical skills to how to use glassware properly. Overall, students will gain confidence in a large range of areas that produce a competent scientist – as well as being a good cook!

How do you use chemistry in your everyday life?
I use concepts of thermodynamics when I open a window to cool a room, I take advantage of decades of drug development and research whenever I use an Ibuprofen pill, I use solubility of tea in water whenever I use a teabag. Chemistry is all around us, always taking place and increasing the understanding of these processes helps us understand the world around us.

Do you have a favourite element or equation?
Boron, without a doubt. Used in rocket fuel and in drug synthesis, it has a whole range of uses and produces a lovely green flame.

Who is a chemist you admire and why?
Linus Pauling. He made great advancements in the chemical field, in areas such as quantum mechanics and protein function. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (as well as a Nobel Prize for Chemistry) for his work against the use of nuclear weapons. He was not only a great chemist, but a good man too.

British Science Week runs from the 5th – 14th March 2021, visit britishscienceweek.org for more information.

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Physics in Focus: Stuart Lyon

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

As part of British Science Week, our specialist science, maths and engineering teachers are shining a spotlight on their subjects and why they find them so interesting. First up is Stuart Lyon, one of our fabulous physicists.

Why did you decide to become a physics teacher?
Learning about physics and the universe has always given me a lot of enjoyment, even from a young age. I wanted to pass on my knowledge and hopefully inspire others to enjoy the subject too.

Do you have a favourite equation or theory?
Although it’s not covered in the A Level Physics specification, my favourite is Schrodinger’s wave equation. It is one of the founding principles of Quantum Theory. E=mc2 is good too, we use this a lot in A Level Physics.

What advice would you give to upcoming students?
Physics becomes much more mathematical beyond GCSE level, so be ready for this. Also, try to keep up with the work, as we progress through the course quite quickly.

Who is a physicist you admire and why?
There are so many, it’s hard to choose. Albert Einstein stands out for me. His imagination, talent and ability to “think outside the box” was incredible.

Tell us something about physics that we’d find surprising.
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity tells us that the faster we travel, the slower we age, the thinner we become and the heavier we get!

British Science Week runs from the 5th – 14th March 2021, visit britishscienceweek.org to find out more.

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Bedside Buddy

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

Former Wyke science A level student, Erin McCabe is currently in the second year of her Medicine degree at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). During the summer, Erin took the bold step to enlist at an intensive care unit (ICU) at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Over two months, Erin stayed at a local hotel, whilst supporting the work of the hospital intensive care staff, an experience that was published in the “International Journal of Medical Students”. Here is an extract from her article.

“At most medical schools, I would be in ‘pre-clinical’ years, meaning there would be limited opportunities to encounter patients until later in the course.

At HYMS, thankfully, has frequent clinical exposure from the third course week,  so I had met patients in both primary and secondary care. Although this was a helpful experience, it did not prepare me for my new role in a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

I managed to successfully get a job in one of the largest healthcare trusts in England and made the difficult decision to move and live in a hotel for two months, far from my home in the north.

I expected a sharp learning curve and had heard of the difficulties faced by healthcare professionals. My family did not quite understand why I was going and they were worried for my safety. I was quite nervous, but I had decided that it was the right thing for me to do.

My job was ‘Bedside Buddy’, a new role created to help support the ICU staff during the pandemic. It involved working one to one with patients, helping with both personal and medical care. This included tasks such as washing and helping to roll patients, stocking the bed spaces, and running arterial blood gases.

One of the most poignant lessons I have taken and want to share about this is the importance of every member of the healthcare team. We always discuss this in medical school, but it is a very different experience being part of the team as a Healthcare Assistant/Bedside Buddy. Everyone is vital in a healthcare, pandemic or not.”

In her second year of medical school, Erin got involved with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, assisting fall patients. To read more about Erin’s experiences, follow her on Twitter @erinvmccabe

British Science Week News

British Science Week

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

It’s British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, and maths. These are a diverse groups of subjects, which open doors to a wide range of career pathways.

Throughout the week, we will be exploring Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Engineering with our specialist subject teachers. Many of our students have gone on to some fantastic destinations, which we will also be highlighting over the next few days.

We’ll be providing some useful information about our well-established Pre-Medical Programme, which is designed to help aspiring medics, dentists and vets prepare for their university interviews and secure a place on highly competitive medical courses.

Our Careers Team have provided links to some fantastic virtual events, including:

How to get a job in the Space Industry

Science Live

Women in STEM

Keep checking our social media pages for the latest updates and your emails for the chance to take part in our British Science Week quiz.

To find out more about British Science Week, click here.

further maths

Go Further with Maths

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, Geography, IT & Computing, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physics

If you are planning to study any maths related subject in the future or aspire to establish a career in a maths related area, like engineering, then A level Further Maths is essential to your ambitions. Most high-quality, maths-based university courses want students who have studied A level Further Maths.

At Wyke, A level Further Mathematics is available to students with 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics and is studied alongside A Level Mathematics. According to Head of the Mathematics Faculty, Al Robinson, having high GCSE grades is just one of the key ingredients to benefit from taking the subject. “Probably the most important criteria for studying Further Maths is that students really enjoy the subject. They really want to learn more and push their understanding of the subject.”

To get an insight into the subject, watch this short video on discrete maths, hosted on Wyke TV https://youtu.be/bkJIGxpRCuU

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/

A Level Physics Prep

Preparing for Study: A Level Physics

By | Physics

If you’re in Year 11 and looking at studying Physics with us in September, there are some excellent free online resources to help you prepare and expand your knowledge of the subject!

Gresham College have a collection of free lectures which focus on Astrophysics and Astronomy. Lectures include ‘Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology’ by Professor Roberto Trotta and ‘Are We Alone in the Universe?’ presented by Professor Joseph Silk.

Future Learn offers a number of free short courses with topics including energy systems, flight mechanics and battery storage technology.

By using these resources, you will be able to explore how Physics links to everyday life, society and potential career or university pathways.

These resources will also be beneficial for any students considering completing an EPQ and may even help inspire your topic!

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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
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

flyers programme

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.