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Science Joins the Excellence Network

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

Head of Chemistry, Paul Yardley, and Head of Biology, Lee Baxter, have been invited to contribute to a teaching excellence working day this autumn.

Due to the outstanding exam performance in both subjects, Paul and Lee are going to spend the day discussing their teaching methods, spreading their good practice, with other teachers from across the UK.

Both A Level Biology and Chemistry recorded a significant positive value added grade, with students achieving at least half an A level grade higher than their predicted grade. The data is based upon the 2018 A Level results and the science department is looking forward to further involvement when their 2019 exam results are analysed.

The Education Training Foundation (EFT), the government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector, supports this network meeting. With over 20,000 members, it is the largest professional membership organisation for practitioners in the post-16 sector. The EFT remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills status and Advanced Teacher Status.

There will an opportunity to talk with the science teaching staff at our forthcoming open events, with dates from October to February. For further details of dates and timings please visit, https://wyke.ac.uk/events/category/open-events/

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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.

“An excellent preperation for applying to Medicine”

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, News, Physics, Religious Studies

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

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.

Making Medics at Wyke

By | Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, News, Physics

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?

By | Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, News, On Campus, Physics

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

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.

Oxbridge Applications

Record Number of Oxbridge Offers

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Criminology, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mathematics, Music, News, Physics, Spanish

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

By | Biology, Chemistry, Health & Social Care, News, On Campus, Physchology, Physics

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