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The Oxbridge Eight

By | Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Economics, English, Law, News, Physics

Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating students receiving Oxbridge offers for September 2020. This year, eight students have received offers, on courses such as English Language and Literature, Law, Natural Sciences, Economics and Veterinary Science.

Paul Hamer, Oxbridge Programme Coordinator said, “All the staff at Wyke would like to congratulate the eight students who have got offers from Oxford or Cambridge. This prestigious offer is a testament to the hard work, dedication and tenacity that they have show throughout their time here at Wyke.

It is also proof that anyone from any background can be successful at Oxford or Cambridge. Here at Wyke we will help you to achieve this success.”

Discover more about Wyke’s bespoke Oxbridge and Flyer programmes at our next Open Evening, 23rd January between 5.30-8.00pm.

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Study German at Wyke

By | Course News, German, News, On Campus

Here at Wyke we have an excellent Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department, offering A Levels in French, German and Spanish.

Studying an MFL is a hugely rewarding experience which will seriously broaden your horizons, whether you choose to study at university, undertake an apprenticeship or progress straight into employment.

So why choose to study A Level German at Wyke?

We’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons to select German as one of your A Level options:

  1. DESTINATIONS: Did you know that 91% of our A Level German students’ progress to university? Studying an A Level in German gives students the opportunity to study a vast array of university subjects, such as: Law, Maths, Primary Education, Engineering, Dance, Politics and Journalism. Two of our students even went on to read both German & French at the University of Cambridge.
  2. RESULTS: Our A Level German students achieve fantastic exam results. In the last seven years we have had a 100% pass rate. In 2019, 91% of our students achieved A*- C grades, with a further 74% achieving A* – B grades.
  3. EMPLOYABILITY: Studying German opens up a huge range of employment opportunities. Languages are important to businesses and they also show that you can demonstrate your ability to perform under pressure, as well as highlighting that you have great listening and multi-tasking skills and a sense of cultural awareness. Previous students have gone on to work at large-scale companies such as Barratt Homes, as well as a major FTSE 200 company in their internal and external marketing department.
  4. ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES: The A Level German course offers a fantastic range of enrichment activities to support your studies, from the option to apply for the 2-day Linguastars residential university visit, to our annual inter-departmental trip to Berlin. Both visits are always a huge success, giving our students the opportunity to hone their language skills and experience the culture and history of modern Germany.
  5. TOP TUTORS: You will be guided through your studies under the fantastic tuition of Heather Lorch. Heather has 20 years of teaching experience and has been with us for seven years. She is hugely popular with our students and particularly enjoys teaching German grammar and discussing German history. Heather is aided in the classroom by Language Assistant Gabi, who is a native speaker of German and has been with us since 2014. You will attend a 30-minute session with Gabi each week in order to help you practice your German speaking and listening skills, therefore allowing you to expand your vocabulary.

Ready to find out more?

Why not visit us on our next Open Evening on Thursday 23rd January 2020 5:30pm – 8:00pm?

We look forward to meeting you!

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit our Open Event

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, Economics, French, German, Music, News, On Campus, Religious Studies, Spanish

Our next Open Evening takes place on Thursday 23rd January 2020, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

If you have not applied yet, or need a bit of extra help in making a decision regarding your next steps here are our Top 5 reasons to come along;

  1. Visit our beautiful university style campus
  2. Visit our wide variety of subjects and speak with specialist A Level and BTEC teachers
  3. Catch one of our Principals Welcome Talks
  4. Chat with current students about their experiences at Wyke
  5. Feel well prepared to join us in September 2020!

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Prison Me No-Way!

By | Criminology, Law, News

Thanks to Prison Me No-Way who have visited Wyke over the past 2 days to talk to our first year Criminology and Applied Law students.

The talks given by the organisation were based upon the themes of choices and consequences and where they can take you, with first-hand accounts given by former and serving offenders.

Lauren Whittaker, Head of Criminology and Applied Law said, “The talks today and yesterday have provided our students context about the sentences and tariffs given to those who commit crime. They also have put the theories taught on both courses into practice. Some of the second years asked if they could come to talks again this year, and commented on how memorable the talks were and how they had a big impact.”

Neil McCunnell, representative from Prison Me No-Way, thanked our students for their engagement during the talks. “The students we have met have asked us some challenging but really good questions which I believe will help solidify their understanding of the criminal justice system.”

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The Incredibles

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts, Sport

On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with  4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.

Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’

Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’

Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏

Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.

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The Face of EY

By | Accounting, Course News, Uncategorised

Izzy Furness, former Beverley High School student joined EY’s Apprenticeship Programme in 2018 shortly after completing her study programme at Wyke.

Izzy developed a passion for Accounting during her two years on Wyke’s A Level Accounting course and soon decided that this was a career she would like to pursue.

Inspired by her Accounting teacher, Izzy kick-started her career at EY one of the big 4 Accountancy firms. From attending Discover EY in London to the EY Business Academy in Edinburgh, Izzy decided to join the Assurance Apprenticeship Programme in Hull and enjoys every moment of it.

“I heard about EY through my College teacher who discussed the Discover EY programme. After being successful through the process, I attended an event in London which gave me a taster of EY. I then applied to the EY Business Academy which is one-week paid work experience and I chose to do this in Edinburgh! On completion, I thought about my options and what route to take and after being successful at final interview with a partner in the Hull office, I began my career there.

My role entails working in teams with a range of different levelled staff to, in short, check/inspect all the financial information of our clients. This means most of our time is spent on a client site.

I’m most looking forward to progressing within EY. Experiencing the new opportunities that different levels and roles will give me, along with passing all my exams and becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant!”

As part of Wyke’s Alumni Programme, Izzy has also returned to the College on numerous occasions, helping to support and inspire our current students.

You can find out more about Accounting at Wyke at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/accounting/

To read more about Izzy’s journey visit: https://ukcareers.ey.com/students/locations/hull

Sport, PE & Dance Teachers

FE Teaching Team of the Year

By | Course News, Dance, News, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.

Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.

The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.

Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:

“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.

With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance.  In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications.  Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.

An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

Dr Nick Long

Wyke University

By | Community, Criminology, News, On Campus, Physchology, Sociology

A diverse array of visiting speakers, together with a modern campus and a growing notable alumni, are offering current Wyke students a slice of university life whilst studying for their A levels.

Recently, the Sociology and Psychology departments have welcomed some renowned academics to the college. Dr Nick Long of the London School of Economics, and Ben Ambridge from the University of Liverpool, have both recently delivered lecturers as part of the student’s course enrichment.

Dr Nick Long’s talk referred to his own research in an exploration of anxiety and depression across global cultures. Ben Ambridge, author of “Are you Smarter than a Chimpanzee?”, held an entertaining session linking aspects of popular culture to A level psychology theories. Throughout both sessions, students took notes, participated in experiments and questioned the academics directly.

Both, Nick and Ben’s lectures are now available on the college YouTube channel, Wyke TV.

Rob Aramayo

Netflix Casting

By | Course News, Drama & Theatre, Film Studies, Government & Politics, Media, News, Performing Arts

Former Wyke student, Rob Aramayo, continues to climb the ladder of stardom, appearing in many notable film and television productions since graduating from the prestigious Julliard School, New York.

Recently, Rob has been confirmed in the casting of a new Netflix psychological thriller, “Behind Her Eyes”. The series is an adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s best-selling novel of the same name. Rob will appear alongside established household names, Simona Brown, Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson.

The production tells the story of Louise, a single mother and secretary who is stuck in a rut. On a night out she meets and kisses David, a young successful man, who turns out to be her new boss. To complicate matters she meets Adele, a new friend in town, who turns out to be David’s wife. As she becomes obsessed with the couple and entangled in the web of their marriage, they reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks.

The drama is currently in production and will be released on Netflix in 2020.

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/