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Careers Launch – Programme of Events

By | Course News, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College is looking forward to our Careers Launch on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th October.

This two day event will introduce our fantastic careers provision for both first and second year students.

We have a fantastic choice of universities and businesses attending and delivering informative talks on your next steps. Please take the opportunity to get as much from the event as possible.

Please see here for the full list of talks which are taking place: Careers Launch, Schedule of Events

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Health Week at Wyke

By | Health & Social Care, Uncategorised

This week, our first year Health and Social Care students are taking part in Wyke’s very own Health Week.

Led by our Careers Team, the week is designed to inform and inspire our students along with preparing them for a career within Health, Education and Social Care.

We kick-started the week with a day-long first aid course teaching the basics in emergency first aid which we believe are vital skills for students to have and will help support students applications to university, higher apprenticeships and employment.

Throughout the week, students can engage in a wide range of live and pre-recorded talks with health and education professionals covering topics such as ‘a day in the life of’ and the different routes available into various careers. Students will hear from specialists in the following professions:

  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Substance Misuse
  • Nursing
  • Social Worker
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Physiotherapy

Students will also get the opportunity to learn more about volunteering in the NHS across the Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital sites, giving them an opportunity to learn new skills and help others.

We hope our students find this week beneficial and would like to thank all of the organisations and individuals who have given their time in supporting our students this week.

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Pre-Hospital Care Programme

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Community, Course News, Health & Social Care, News, Uncategorised

Now in her second year of medical school, former Wyke science A level student, Eric McCabe has been busy volunteering on the Pre-hospital care programme, attending Category 1 and 2 medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, unconsciousness and chest pains primarily in Hull. Additionally, her team had been further trained to assess patients who had fallen down and assist them in getting back on their feet.

The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Pre-hospital care programme, in collaboration with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service offers medical students at HYMS further educational experience in the field of pre-hospital medicine.

Last year, Erin and the team of 9 other HYMS medical students attended 188 incidents, ranging from cardiac arrests and diabetic emergencies to falls and fractures. Altogether, the team volunteered 900 plus hours of their time to help the local community.

Watch this short video interview on Wyke TV to find out more about Erin’s experiences. https://youtu.be/89Tup43wnQA

Spring Term Newsletter 2

By | News, Uncategorised

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”

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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?

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

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.”

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Five Fab Reasons to Register

By | Course News, Uncategorised

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