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Spring Term Newsletter 2

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We hope that you are all looking forward to the half-term break. Thank you to students, parents and staff for your continued support during these uncertain times.

You can now view the latest Tutorial newsletter, in which we hope you find some interesting updates and information including: well-being information, careers and next steps opportunities.

As ever, if there is something you would like to include in the next edition please email student.newsletter@wyke.ac.uk

Access the newsletter here: Spring Term Newsletter 2

“The Oxbridge Programme made me believe I could achieve something as big as Oxford”

By | Course News, Uncategorised

After falling in love with Lincoln College at The University of Oxford, former Bridlington School student Holly knew that she had to apply. Holly took part in the highly competitive application process and recently found out that she had been successful at interview to study Modern Languages.

Holly’s passion for Languages really shines through. Hear all about her interests, application journey and advice to students considering this prestigious university.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

My study programme consists of A Level Spanish, A Level English Literature and A Level English Language.

What has been your favourite part of studying at Wyke so far?

The best thing about Wyke for me is the way in which I’ve been allowed to completely fall in love with my subjects. The staff are brilliant, and I have had some really great teachers who have a genuine passion – this makes studying all the more interesting. It is through this that I have been able to find and explore three subjects that I honestly enjoy.

Do you take part in any enrichments at Wyke?

In year one I participated in the BSL enrichment. This was an eight-week introductory course into British Sign Language – I think it’s really important that Wyke offers this.

What inspired you to apply to Oxford?

Applying to Oxbridge was always something I was interested in, but it only ever felt like a dream before I came to Wyke – I never felt it could be a possibility for me. At the first Flyer’s session, I remember seeing a lot about Oxbridge and how people from previous years had got in. I thought applying would be a waste of time, but Andrea reassured me that I had the grades and that I might as well go for it. I had known for a long time that I wanted to study MFL so after researching the course at Oxford, I fell in love with Lincoln College and knew I had to apply.

How did you find the application process and what did you do to prepare for it?

The application process really highlights that you have to have a genuine passion for your subject because if you do, as stressful as it is, it can actually be quite enjoyable. Preparing for the process wasn’t necessarily a huge struggle for me because it simply meant that I had to do further reading and I enjoyed it. I explored Spanish cinema, literature, traditions and society further than we had done in class. I wrote over eight drafts of my personal statement, which focused on literature as a form of communication.

I then had to submit two essays to Lincoln, one in English, which I had already written in class, and one in Spanish on ‘Volver’, a film we had studied. For the admissions assessment (MLAT), I sat many past papers which was really helpful. I actually quite enjoyed preparing for it. The preparation that I did for interviews was incredibly useful. I did multiple mock interviews with Amalia and Emma who both made me feel so calm and confident about the whole process.

How did you feel your interview went on the day?

My first interview was Spanish. I didn’t feel particularly brilliant about it afterwards but compared to my second one, it was a walk in the part. We talked a lot about translation and my reasons for choosing Oxford. I was then given a poem in English that I just had to talk about – my interpretations, analysis, etc. Towards the end of the interview, I spoke for ten minutes in Spanish about Don Quixote, a novel I had mentioned in my personal statement, and other works of literature that I had read in English. Nerve-wracking as it was, the tutors were so kind, and it was really refreshing to be able to openly express my passion with like-minded people.

It was my second interview (Beginner’s Italian) that made me sure I had completely missed out on the chance to study at Oxford. It lasted over an hour and consisted of constant questioning – I felt like nothing I said was good enough. I actually came out of the interview crying because I honestly thought I had just ruined years’ worth of preparation. As daunting as this sounds, it just goes to show that you really can’t know how well you’ve done in the application process until they tell you. I had heard from many people that the interview wasn’t actually an interview – it is simply a mock tutorial, similar to the ones that take place when studying at Oxford, and so I should just say my thoughts aloud, be perceptive, and show passion. Though it felt like it at the time, the interviewer really isn’t trying to catch you out, they’re simply trying to see if you’re teachable and passionate.

Can you remember a particularly tricky question that was asked by the University? Or any questions you feel you answered really well?

In the interviews, you can be asked what seem to be really strange questions. I got asked things like ‘what gets lost in translation’ and ‘compare child language acquisition to adult language acquisition’ but I had been aware beforehand that the questions could be quite challenging. I remember preparing for a question I’d found online: ‘think of a painting of a tree, is it real?’ This terrified me because I didn’t know where to start but after approaching it calmly, I realised it was just a confusing way of asking about translation and how it is essentially one language’s reproduction of another. All the questions asked in the interview have a purpose and they actually all make sense in the context. The interview is built up in terms of difficulty; the tutor will have an idea as to where the conversation is headed from the beginning so really, most of the questions link. It’s important to just think out loud and express your honest answer, not what you think they want to hear.

Do you have any advice for upcoming students who are considering applying to Oxbridge?

I would say that it’s really important to ensure that you are applying for you, not anyone else. The application process is incredibly tiring and stressful but if you have a genuine passion for your subject, it makes it so much easier and so much more worth it. I would also advise not to be put off by misconceptions or stereotypes. Don’t not apply because you think you won’t get in. Obviously, it is a very prestigious university, and the application process is difficult but at the end of the day, they are simply looking for students who love learning their subject as much as they love teaching it.

How has Wyke’s Oxbridge Programme helped you in your application?

The Oxbridge Programme at Wyke was the first thing that made me believe I could achieve something as big as Oxford and pushed me to do what was best for me. They are there to help every step of the way. I’m so glad that I went to that first meeting, otherwise I wouldn’t have had this amazing opportunity.

Congratulations Holly! We wish you every success in your next steps and can’t wait to follow your journey.

T Level Information and Resources

By | Course News, News, News for Parents, Uncategorised

We hope that you have found all of the information during Wyke’s T Level Take Over Week useful.

We have summed up a range of useful websites and materials for you to explore if you would still like to learn more about these exciting new qualifications:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels

https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/

https://wyke.ac.uk/t-level/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdr28hv

You can also follow the Governments Official T Level Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to stay in the loop.

If you have any specific questions regarding applications for T Levels in September, please email: office@wyke.ac.uk and we can direct you to the relevant team. #MakeItHappen

What makes the new T Levels so unique?

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In addition to over 45 different A Level and BTEC courses, Wyke now offers one brand new T Level Qualification in both Health.

So, how does a T Level differ to A Levels and BTECs and what makes these qualifications so unique?

  • T Levels are designed by employers

This means that the skills you gain are going to be directly relevant to the job/ industry you are interested in progressing onto.

  • Fantastic industry placements

Industry placements are embedded into the course allowing you to gain lots of practical skills and on-the-job experience to help you stand out from the crowd.

  • A varied college life

You will still spend the majority of your time at Wyke. This means that you can still experience college life to the full; meeting lots of new friends and engaging in our many enrichments.

  • Something new and exciting

T Level Qualifications are brand new and unlike anything you have studied at GCSE, so if you want something that little bit different a T Level might be right for you.

For more information on the T Levels we offer here at Wyke, please visit: https://wyke.ac.uk/t-level/ 

The Magnificent 27

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We are delighted to announce that so far, 27 Wyke students have interviews for Oxford and Cambridge for entry onto subjects including Law, Linguistics and Medicine. We also have a number of students waiting to hear back.

The 27 successful applicants previously attended 13 different schools across Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire including; Winifred Holtby Academy, Baysgarth School, St. Mary’s College and Beverley Longcroft.

Applying to Oxbridge requires a lot of research, hard work and commitment from the outset and we would therefore like to say well done to all students who made an application.

Paul Hamer, Head of A Level Law and Oxbridge Co-Ordinator at Wyke said; “I’m amazed at the number of our students who came to us from a wide range of secondary schools who have got Oxbridge interviews. It is a testament to the hard work of both the students and staff here at the college.

All of the staff at Wyke wish the students the very best of luck in their Oxbridge interviews and we would also like to say well done to all students who took part in this process.”

#MakeItHappen

Five Fab Reasons to Register

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Our Virtual Open Evening takes place on Thursday 17th December, 5.00pm-7.00pm.

1) It’s easy and you don’t even need to leave the house!

Our Virtual Open Event all takes place online. All of the content is easy to access through a computer, mobile or tablet.

2) Meet our friendly teachers and support team

Learn about all of the courses Wyke has to offer from our Level 3 specialist teachers. You can also hear about our wonderful student support and wellbeing services.

3) More than a classroom

Explore our fantastic enrichment programme which will be showcased throughout the evening, from our award winning sports teams through to the Duke of Edinburgh and Flyers Programme – there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy.

4) Tour our campus from the comfort of your own home

Sit back and take a look around our beautiful campus with our 360-degree interactive virtual tour.

5) It all starts with an Open Evening

Students do very well at Wyke with our results justifying the position in the top 10% of all Sixth Form providers nationally.

Get tips on applying and receive all of the information needed to #MakeItHappen in 2021.

Register at: Wyke Sixth Form College – EventBrite Registration 

Parent Portal

Parent Portal User Guide

By | News for Parents, Uncategorised

We firmly believe that Parents/ Guardians play an integral role in assisting students learning and as such students’ achievement increases when parents are actively involved in the learning process.

As part of the college’s agenda to support and enhance the development of our learners, we have recently take the opportunity to improve the online Parent Portal facilities to create a more transparent service with clear and effective communication links for parent/guardian engagement.

Please see the Parent Portal Guide 2020 and video overviews of the Parent Portals functionalities at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6AAF0xhxeelrOcMnhzVK_0vA3UBi_11a

Meet our Music Students: Joe

By | Music, Uncategorised

Last week, we caught up with Joe in his first year A Level Music class. Joe impressed us with his excellent cello performance and gave us an insight into passion for Music.

What School did you go to?

I went to Kelvin Hall School.

What subjects do you study at Wyke?

My study programme at Wyke consists of A Level Music, A Level Geography and BTEC Applied Science.

Tell us a little bit about your interest in Music…

I was asked to try out an instrument in Year 3 and I persisted with it and it has now payed off. I have developed a passion for classical music and composers.

In addition to this, I always see my teacher as my inspiration, I’d love to be as good as, if not better than them at some point in the future.

Why did you decide to study Music at Wyke?

I knew that this course would allow me to develop upon my existing knowledge of Music and I was also keen to learn new things. Both of these things will help me to do well in my exams.

What do you enjoy the most about your Music lessons?

My favourite part about the lessons is the people, the students are friendly and so are the staff which all makes for a great environment for learning.

Do you take part in any Music enrichments in your spare time?

I’d like to take part in the choir once this starts at Wyke in the New Year.

What is your favourite piece of Music/ Artist/ Composer?

My favourite composer is Bach and Vivaldi and Mozart. In terms of favourite Music, I like all types of music.

Thank you Joe! It is great to hear about your interest in Music and we are excited to follow your journey and see where this takes you.

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“Enjoy Virtual Wyke Start as this is a completely unique experience for you”

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Current student, Mikey has nearly completed her two year study programme with us and kindly shares her experiences as a Wyke student along with giving some invaluable advice to upcoming students about Wyke Start and on how to get the most out of your college experience.

What is your study programme at Wyke?

A Level Sociology, WJEC Criminology, A Level Photography and an Extended Project Qualification

What has been your favourite part of college life?

My favourite part of college life has been the lessons. You get so much support from your teachers and you’re able to develop a good relationship with them. In every class, there is a mutual respect between the students and it’s a wonderful learning environment; you don’t feel awkward or nervous to put your hand up and say something and you make good friends with others in your lessons. I always love coming out of every lesson having learnt something that was genuinely interesting and always looked forward to my next lesson.

Tell us a little bit about a subject you are really passionate about.

Within Sociology, you can debate and talk a lot with other people about the topics you are studying. You are able to give your own opinions and thoughts on theories, and often you’re able to apply what you have learnt to a real life scenario. For example, with the education topic you can look around college and see that content in action. It changes your perspective on multiple parts of everyday life and this was especially exciting for me as I found myself connecting what I had learnt to real life situations. Sociology is all about the real world and you see it come to life around you which makes it really fun. 

Have you taken part in any enrichments at Wyke? 

I travelled to London with the Sociology Department. We travelled to London to go to a Sociology conference and this gave us an advantage as some theorists we learnt about were speaking at the conference.

To see the theorists you learn about talking about their research in real life gives you so much more valuable information for you to use in the course and it was a fascinating experience.

We also saw the musical Matilda which related to the childhood topic; as you were watching, you would find yourself picking up on different sociological concepts shown as part of the story, and it reinforces the idea that sociology is everywhere around us.

I also travelled to Washington DC which gave me a completely unique outlook on Beliefs in Society as I was able to witness ‘civil religion’ first hand amongst other concepts we had learnt in the classroom.

Do you have any future aspirations?

Starting in October I will be studying with the Open University. I will be studying towards an Open Degree with Sociology as one of my chosen modules. I loved studying at Wyke and I was very passionate about the subject’s I studied, which is why I chose to continue studying them at degree level. Interestingly, one of the theorists we learn about in Crime and Deviance is part of the Open University team; knowing that is part of the reason I chose this university. My teachers at Wyke truly believed in me and pushed me to achieve, and they are part of the reason I hope to study a PGCE after finishing my degree.

What did you find helpful about Wyke Start?

 Wyke Start was what helped me to decide on my courses definitively. It was hard to decide before having a taster lesson in the particular subjects and it made me excited to start in September.

Do you have any advice for Year 11’s attending a Virtual Wyke Start?

Enjoy Virtual Wyke Start as this is a completely unique experience for you. Hopefully, the taster lessons will help you feel more prepared and help you become excited for sitting in the wonderful classroom environment come September.

What advice would you give to upcoming students for their first few weeks at college?

Wyke can appear like quite a big campus at first but that will soon pass. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the library, whether to use it as a study space or take books out. Don’t be afraid to talk to other people in your classes, as there’s a good chance many of them won’t have friends in that class either. The friends you make in the first few weeks are the friends you will probably keep for the years to come.

Organisation at the beginning is also key, as you can soon find yourself with an overflowing folder if you don’t keep everything in an order. Also, don’t leave creating revision resources until you’re told there will be an exam: it’s best to start making resources alongside learning the content.

Most importantly, if you feel as if you need help such as use of a computer or extra time, tell your teachers. After a disappointing result on my first test at Wyke, I told my teacher I thought I needed help and they arranged it for me very quickly, and after my next test with these new arrangements I received an A. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you think you need it.

Thank you Mikey!