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Student working in the library on her Extended Project Qualification

What can I do with an Extended Project Qualification?

By | Course News, News

The Extended Project Qualification, or EPQ, is an extra qualification that is worth half an A Level. It is highly regarded by university admissions staff, as it often viewed as excellent preparation for your university studies.

It is a qualification which enhances your independent study skills and encourages personal development, which is typical of university studies.

The EPQ enables you to provide evidence of your study skills, including:

  • Research
  • Independent learning
  • Extended academic writing

These skills are also transferable, which means that you can use them when entering your chosen profession. In other words, the EPQ helps you to open doors for future study or the world of employment.

You can find out more about the EPQ here: https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/extended-project-qualification/

If you need some help with your academic writing skills, why not get in touch with our Library Mentor, Sandy Clark, who can offer you helpful tips and advice? Click here to find out more: https://wyke.ac.uk/want-to-polish-up-your-writing-skills/

Emma’s Help the Homeless

By | Community, News
We would like to say thank you to Emma and her team who have recently donated their surplus stock following our closure to the The Hull Homeless Community Project.
 
Emma’s Cheesecakes is one of our three catering facilities on site at the college and is a firm favourite amongst students selling sandwiches, panini’s, homemade soups (and cheesecakes!)
 
Commenting on their Instagram page, the charity posted: “Our MASSIVE thanks goes to Emma’s Cheesecakes based at Wyke Sixth Form College for their beautiful donation of snacks and drinks to add a little something special to our emergency food parcels. We really couldn’t do this without all the wonderful community support at this time.”
 
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Information about accepting university offers

Updated Guidelines for Accepting 2020 University Offers

By | Course News, News, News for Parents

We understand that you, our students have all worked so hard to meet both the academic and personal requirements of the universities you have applied for and we want to clarify the situation regarding university applications.

Please do not rush into accepting an offer for a university, you are in control of your application. We are really proud of your efforts to date and our college will continue to support you.

Here are some guidelines, depending on your situation;

If you have already selected you firm/insurance offer then the individual universities will be in contact to clarify their position. Please contact them if you are concerned about anything.

If you have not selected your firm/insurance offer then please see the guidance below:

If you submitted your application by the UCAS deadline of 15th January then you will receive responses from all of the universities that you applied to by 6th May at the latest. (You may have had all responses back already).

  • If you have not selected you firm or/and insurance offer then you have until 19th May to do so – providing all of the universities you applied to have responded by 31st March.
    (This information was updated on 25th March)
  • If you are still awaiting a response from a university after 31st March then you have until 4th June to select your firm/insurance choice.

It is vital that you respond by the deadlines listed above or you risk losing your offers. It also means that you have until the 19th May (or 4th June) to respond to your offers. Please do take the time to understand the current situation and the impact it will have on your application.

Please continue to check the UCAS website, your emails and liaise with your Progress Tutor. Remember, we are here to help you.

Remote Working for Students

Want to polish up your writing skills?

By | News

Do you want to give your academic writing that little bit of an edge?

Do you think your assignments could flow better?

Do you struggle to find reliable sources for your essays?

Our new library mentor, Sandy Clark, is offering students the opportunity to brush up on their writing skills to give their academic work an extra edge.

Sandy is in the process of completing his PhD at the University of Hull, so he has a pretty good idea of how to get your academic written work in order. He is setting up sessions that will allow students to gain practical advice and guidance to make sure their written work is the best it could possibly be.

The sessions are open to all students, but those on the Flyers programme, the EPQ and Oxbridge applicants are particularly encouraged to make use of them.

The sessions will offer support on a variety of academic writing topics, including:
• putting together well-researched bibliographies;
• finding good sources for essays;
• grammar, syntax and concision;
• essay structuring;
• and general research and writing advice.

These skills can make a huge difference between grade boundaries, and can really make applications stand out.

If you need help with a specific assignment, or just want a bit of general advice on the above topics, please email office@wyke.ac.uk and they will be able to put you in touch with Sandy. From there he will be able to add you to a Microsoft Team so that you can gain access to resources.

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Remote Working for Students

Student Remote Access and Working

By | Course News, News

Email

Email can be accessed online here: https://mail.wyke.ac.uk/owa/auth/logon.aspx

Log-in with your username (eg. S0012345) and network password.

 

Files

All files in your home directory can be accessed through the remote file access web interface here: https://rfs.wyke.ac.uk/htcomnet. From this site, you can download or upload your files and edit them on your home computer.

 

College systems links

These are the links to the college systems which can be accessed externally:

Student portal : https://studentportal.wyke.ac.uk/

Parent portal :   http://parentportal.wyke.ac.uk/

 

Office365

You have access to the full suite of Office 365 tools and online resources here: https://www.office.com/?auth=2

You are entitled to download a copy of the Microsoft Office Suite for free. The link to download the software is here: http://aka.ms/office-install. It will ask you to log in – this is your Wyke email address and your network password.

 

Adobe Suite

You have access to Adobe Creative Cloud which allows you to download and use a range of Adobe software. You can download apps from this site:

https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html#. You will need to provide your email address and network password.

 

Learning Platforms

Your teachers will be making use of one or both of the following learning platforms over the coming weeks.

 

Moodle

Moodle (http://moodle.wyke.ac.uk/) is available to all students and staff.

 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a new powerful collaborative learning platform.  You can access teams via any browser (https://teams.microsoft.com/) or via an installed application on your desktop computer or on most smart phones (https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads). The downloadable versions provide more features than the online version.

FAQs Exams

Application Update (for September 2020)

By | News

We have received an unprecedented number of applications to come to Wyke in September, and we want to be able to offer all our applicants the best experience possible of our application and enrolment process.

To help us to manage this process for all our prospective students, any applications that we receive after 31st March 2020 for a September start will not be offered a guaranteed enrolment appointment at this stage.

Applications will not be closed, so students can still apply and will still be invited to attend an interview. They will still receive an invitation to our taster event, Wyke Start, on 1st and 2nd July, and we hope that they will be able to take part in this. We will contact them during our enrolment week from 1st to 3rd September to let them know what the availability of places is, and confirm what the next steps will be with their application.

Students who apply up to and before 31st March will receive an enrolment appointment between 1st and 3rd September and this will be provided at Wyke Start, or following Wyke Start if they are unable to attend.

Please contact marketing@wyke.ac.uk if you require any further information.

World Book Day

Leave A Book You Love

By | Course News, English, News, On Campus

The English department at Wyke are encouraging students to share their passion for reading.

On World Book Day which take place on Thursday 5th March, students have been asked to bring in a book they have loved, add a note saying why they love it (either written inside the front cover or inserted on a slip of paper), and leave it somewhere in college to be found by someone new.

Jenny West, Head of English Literature, said, “Finding a real book, left by a real person who loved it, could really make someone’s day, or more.”

Discover more about our excellent English department at the next open event, Saturday 29 February, 9.00am-12.00pm.

Dance Competition Finals 2020

Dance Bring Home the Bronze

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to the Wyke Dance Team who claimed third place at the “That’s Showbiz” national dance competition finals which took place at the Liverpool Arena on Sunday.

Their Contemporary piece “Body Popping Sage Grouse” placed 1st in the senior open category and 3rd place overall. This is a massive achievement when you consider that over 220 professional dance schools entered the contest, with Wyke being the only sixth form college involved in the competition.

Commenting on the day, the Wyke Dance team posted; “There are no words, you absolute superstars, we are all beyond proud of you!”

Congratulations to all the students and staff who made this year’s finals another successful year. Bring on 2021!

Business Team GB

On your Markets, Get Set, Go!

By | Business, College Trips, Course News, News

Recently our A Level Business students were invited to the University of Hull to test their marketing skills against other sixth forms in the region.

Following the universities exclusive partnership with Team GB, the project set by the university tested our students knowledge of marketing and how to sustain engagement before, during and after the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Our students wowed the judges with their presentation skills and ideas, placing 2nd out of all of the sixth forms invited and winning some great Team GB goodies for their hard work, well done!

religious studies

More Than Just Religion

By | Course News, News, Religious Studies

Did you know that studying A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies can help prepare you for a career in medicine?

Here at Wyke, our A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies course is affiliated with our Pre-Medical Programme, which is designed to support students through the application process for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science courses.

By studying Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies, you will gain valuable skills such as critical thinking and analysis, independent study and cultural literacy. All of these are skills which will help you to gain a broader and more in-depth understanding of contemporary society, something which is important to consider when entering the medical profession.

Having strong foundations in transferable skills will help you to not only continue your education at university, but also develop your communication skills in the workplace. Having an understanding of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies is crucial in today’s multi-cultural society and will help you to build and maintain connections with people from all kinds of socio-economic backgrounds.

Whether you chose to carry on studying the subject at university or chose to apply to transferable skills to Arts and Humanities based courses or vocal subjects like Medicine, or you make the decision to go straight into the workplace in industries such as event planning, marketing or the government; studying an A Level in Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies prepares you for all different types of careers, it is a course which really does broaden your horizons.

Want to find out more?

Why not come along to our next Open Morning on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 9am until 12pm?

We look forward to meeting you!

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