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Results Day 2021

By | Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

We are really looking forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday, 10th August. Come along to the Wyke campus to celebrate results day 2021 with your friends, teachers, and support staff.

We will be releasing the A level and Level 3 vocational results from 8:30am in the Oak building. There will be a large team of people here to support you with guidance, advice and support to help you make the best decision for your next steps. Please take advantage of this. We can support you with university progression, clearing and next steps into employment or further education opportunities.

If you are unable to collect your results in-person, they will be sent to students by email from 10.30am.

Let’s make it a day to remember. Good luck!

37 offers

Medical Record

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Performing Arts

Students and staff in our Science Faculty are celebrating the record breaking 37 offers made to students who have applied for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.

Kim Lawrence, coordinator of the Wyke pre-Medical Programme, is very pleased with this year’s outcomes. “I am so proud of what the students and staff have achieved. Pending confirmation of results, 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for the Wyke Pre-Medical programme.”

Former Beverley Longcroft student, Julia Louw, has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine. Julia studied four courses at Wyke that included the obligatory Chemistry and Biology, accompanied by Mathematics and interestingly BTEC Performing Arts. She has some excellent advice to pass on to future students. “Get your work experience sorted because it can take a long time to organise. Ask your teachers as many questions as possible, and read more about topics that you find particularly interesting.”

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the offers received.

Medicine: 13 students receive 22 offers between them. Universities are: Oxford, HYMS, Nottingham, Liverpool, Imperial, Lincoln, Keele, Anglia Ruskin. Glasgow, UCL, Manchester, Birmingham.

Typical offer is AAA.

 

Dentistry: 3 unconditional offers for 1 alumni student at Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.

 

Vet Med: 12 offers for 6 students. Universities are: Cambridge, RVC, Harper and Keele. Nottingham, Bristol, Surrey and Liverpool. 1 of those students has been offered Gateway at RVC. Typical offer AAA/AAB

 

Wanting to become a doctor, dentist or a vet? Details of the Wyke Pre-Medical programme can be found here on our YouTube channel.

 

Homecoming

Alastair takes the Top Prize

By | Awards, Course News, English, News, News for Parents

Congratulations to A level English Literature student, Alastair McLelland, on winning the E-Magazine Close Reading Competition 2021. Alastair’s 500 word entry was selected from over 200 entries, the first time a student from Wyke has won the top prize.

The competition centred on an extract from the award winning novel “Homecoming” by Yaa Gyasi.  Published in 2017, the book has received numerous awards and much critical acclaim. The Stylist magazine named it as one of the decade’s 15 best books by remarkable women. Their review highlighted the power of the text. “This incredible book travels from Ghana to the US revealing how slavery destroyed so many families, traditions and lives – and how its terrifying impact is still reverberating now.”

Wyke’s Head of English, Jamie Farrow, encouraged Alastair to participate and was very pleased with the judge’s decision. “Well done, Alastair! You have managed to do what no student at Wyke has before you!”

Alastair has been very modest about his success and he does acknowledge that he has learnt from the process. “The competition definitely improved my essay writing skills. The 500 word limit meant that I spent most of my time trying to improve the efficiency of my language.”

Alastair’s A level English Literature teacher was also happy with the awarding of first prize. “I was thrilled to hear the news. Alastair is an excellent student and thoroughly deserved the win.”

The competition judge and education consultant, Dr Jenny Stevens, was full of praise for this year’s submissions.While a successful competition response inevitably requires strong reading skills, it also requires strong writing skills. All of the interpretations I read were lucidly and accurately expressed. What put some writers ahead of others, however, was their ability to condense an idea or comment on stylistic technique into a telling phrase of their own, without relying on an armoury of literary terms. Alastair’s observation that the third-person narrative was ‘repeatedly slipping away from the present and into Ness’ memory’ was a notable case in point.”

Listen to Alastair read from his winning work on the College YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKhsV9mTsKA

Tom Bolton

Wyke College to Master’s Tom

By | Course News, Engineering, Mathematics, News, News for Parents, Physical Education

At Wyke, we are always happy to hear from our former students. We caught up with Tom Bolton, who has just completed his Master’s in Engineering at the University of Sheffield, to find out his highlights of Wyke, and the challenges and rewards of university life.

What are your best memories of Wyke? 

“I played in the football team at Wyke and absolutely loved it. We won the national cup with Nick Barmby and Michal Pujdak- training twice a week and playing every Wednesday at a good standard was such a fun part of college.

I’d also say meeting new people was such an important part. Most of my best mates now I didn’t know before going to Wyke. Finally, obviously Sports Pres was always a class night, Mark Lucid always smashed it.”

How did your Wyke studies help space your future? 

“Uni exams would be a big shock to the system. It really helps you prepare for having to put the hours in. The careers team at Wyke were great at helping me decide what path to go down when I was unsure and I’m really grateful to them for that.”

What advice would you give our current students? 

“I would say make sure you put the work in at exam time and it will be worth it.

Also, if you’re choosing to go to Uni don’t take the easy option and follow where your mates are going. Go where you want to go and do your own thing.”

 Describe your time at University of Sheffield? 

“The best 4 years of my life hands down. Getting to halls in first year was daunting- I didn’t know anybody going to Sheffield and I wanted it to be like that. But it turns out first year is just about finding your feet and having a massive socialise without many troubles so it’s absolutely class.

I did Mechanical Engineering so I had to work hard around exam time, it’s a tough course so you do have to put the hours in when it matters. I was worried starting the course that I wouldn’t be able to cope. However, it isn’t as scary as you think, you will be able to cope and do other things. The step up from college to Uni is tough but you adjust quickly.

You’re obviously at Uni to get a good mark in your degree, but it’s so important to have a good time. There are so many quality places to go out in Sheffield, house parties, beautiful parks everywhere and the Peak District round the corner. Amazing Uni and city I couldn’t fault it and can only recommend it from my time here.

I also played in the men’s football team throughout my time there, called SUMFC. It’s a good standard, training once a week and playing once a week. The best part about it though is the socials, they’re so much fun and a great opportunity to meet a lot of lads similar to you.”

Discuss your future plans and potential career pathway 

“I’m staying in Sheffield for the summer but have plans to move to Manchester to find a job. I’m going to be applying for jobs in the Medical Device sector or related to biomechanics as that’s what I ended up specialising in and did my dissertation on. I’ll look to become a chartered engineer within the next 5 years.”

 

Summer Assessments 2021

By | News for Parents

We would like to wish our Year 1 and Year 2 students the best of luck with their up-and-coming End of Year assessments.

Our Year 2 assessment period begins on 17th May and this will be followed by our Year 1 cohort starting 24th May.

For those involved, students can see their timetable on the Student Portal and they should arrive at the appropriate location at least 10 minutes before the start of the assessment.

The official rules and regulations of assessments are on the student intranet.

Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs)

By | News for Parents

Please follow this link to a webpage containing information on our centre policy for awarding grades this summer, and JCQ’s guidance for parents and students.

You can also follow this link to access the material on the evidence base each subject is using to award their grades.

Any vocational courses will be awarding a QTAG and we have also published today our current position on this process. Teachers have been and will continue to share this process with their students.

If you have any further questions, please contact the college on (01482 346 347)

 

Sarah O'Sullivan

Train to Teach at Wyke

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

From September 2021, Wyke will be offering teacher training, pre-service and in-service, part-time, Cert Ed and PGCE courses, awarded by the University of Huddersfield.

Centre manager, Rachel Hitchenor, is really excited to be offering these new teacher training courses and is looking forward to welcoming new students and working closely with the University. The range of pathways on offer reaches out to everyone who is looking to further their career in a sixth form or college setting.

She said, “If you’re already working as a teacher or trainer at a recognised training or educational establishment within the education and training sector (former post-14 sector) or and looking to progress your career, then the in-service PGCE or Cert Ed is the course for you.

If you’re hoping to go into teaching within sixth forms or further education colleges, or you see yourself taking up a career in adult education or informal education roles, then the pre-service PGCE or Cert Ed would suit your needs. You don’t need previous teaching experience, just an industry skill, an appropriate entry qualification and a passion for teaching and training others.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to proceed, following a process of professional formation through the Society for Education and Training to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. This is the full professional status for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

High quality teaching is at the heart of Wyke’s success. Recently, the PE, Sports and Dance department won the coveted “FE Teaching Team of the Year” award. This year, the status of the College was confirmed by “The Sunday Times Parent Power Survey” that placed Wyke in the top 2% of providers in the UK.

Wyke is an established provider of teacher training placements. Sarah O’Sullivan completed her first placement at Wyke and now teaches A Level Geography at the College.

She said, “When given the opportunity to complete my 1st PGCE placement at Wyke, I was excited, yet nervous, and most of all curious to see what it would be like as a trainee teacher at a Sixth Form College.

Wyke supported me in this placement immensely- I had a well-structured programme with my mentor and PGCE coordinator and I felt part of the team straight away. I was given the opportunity to observe teachers from a variety of subjects and got invaluable teaching advice from both well experienced teachers and other recently qualified teachers too. The placement allowed me to put the introduction to pedagogical theories into practice and try different strategies in the classroom to challenge myself in a supportive environment.

Feedback from observations is always constructive and encouraging, which has consequently improved my confidence, and competency in teaching. Completing the PGCE led to me gaining employment in the organisation, where I am currently continuing to develop professionally and gaining a deeper understanding into teaching and learning through the NQT programme.”

If you have any questions or would like further information then please email rachel.hitchenor@wyke.ac.uk or phone 01482 346347. If you would like to apply then please email or phone to discuss the most appropriate route.
To apply via our current vacancies portal https://vportal.wyke.ac.uk/ by 30th June 2021 if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lucy Tessier

Max the Gap

By | Course News, Music, News, News for Parents

If you think taking a gap year is a chance to sit back and relax, think again!

Former A level Music student, Lucy Tessier is maximising her time by working as a freelance journalist and copywriter. By combining her talent for writing and passion for the indie music scene, Lucy’s work has been published across a range of digital media platforms.

Over that last 7 months, Lucy has been scouting new talent for magazines to promote, pitching new features, interviewing bands and artists for articles, writing album and single reviews and ghost-writing content for blog posts.

Next year, Lucy will begin her undergraduate life, studying BA(Hons) English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds.

Lucy’s work has been published on Gigwise.com and Soundspheremag.com. To get a flavour of her critical ability and engaging writing style, read her article on Wolf Alice https://www.gigwise.com/features/3396348/what-a-wolf-alice-comeback-means-to-the-band-s-fans

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webinar

Spring Re-Opening Webinar

By | Community, Course News, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Our Spring Re-Opening Webinar is now available to view online. The 40 minute presentation, hosted by Principal Paul Britton, guides you through the testing process, campus Covid safety expectations and also discusses the assessment and awarding process for our second year students.

Visit this link to view the presentation on the College’s YouTube channel. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Wyke.