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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/

Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies Preparation

Preparing for Study: A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies

By | Religious Studies

If you’re in Year 11 and looking at studying Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies with us in September, there are some excellent free online resources to help prepare and expand your knowledge of the subject!

Gresham College have a great collection of free lectures which focus on religion. Lectures include ‘Faith, Proof and Evidence’ by Professor Alister McGrath and ‘AI and Religion’ presented by Professor Yorick Wills.

Future Learn offer a number of free short courses including why religion matters and governing religion around the world.

These resources can help you see how Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies relates to everyday life, society and potential career or university pathways. They also may offer you inspiration and sources if you are intending on completing an EPQ.

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FAQs Exams

The Awarding of GCSEs, AS and A levels

By | Community, Course News
Thank you for all the great questions that have been coming in. As promised, here are some general responses to some of the more frequently asked questions:


  1. How will centre assessed grades be decided?
The government have provided this guidance for our teachers:
Teachers should draw on existing records and available evidence (as far as possible in the context of current public health advice). It is important that the judgements are objective, and they should only take account of evidence about student performance.
This will include the following, where it is available.
  • records of each student’s performance over the course of study, including for example progress review data, classwork, bookwork, and/or participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama and PE
  • performance on any non-exam assessment (NEA), even if this has not been fully completed. You should not ask students to complete their NEA work and you do not need to submit marks for any completed NEA. But you will need to bear in mind that many students achieve a higher grade on their NEA than in their exams, so you should not base your judgment on NEA alone. You should balance it with your judgement about their likely performance in the written paper(s), where appropriate. In case students decide that they want to enter in a subsequent exam series, you should retain any NEA work completed to date
  • performance on any class or homework assessments and mock exams taken over the course of study
  • previous results in your centre in this subject – these will vary according to a number of factors, including prior attainment of the students, but our data shows that for most centres any year-on-year variation in results for a given subject is normally quite small
  • the performance of this year’s students compared to those in previous years
  • any other relevant information
Specifically in relation to mock exams, these will form part of a holistic assessment of what your teachers believe you were most likely to get if teaching, learning and exams had happened as planned.


  1. What does the ranking order of students mean and how could it affect our grades?
The simple answer is that this process isn’t clear as yet.
However, this is how I think it will work. The exam boards will take all of the grades submitted and apply statistical modelling to ensure that the national picture looks right. That should allow them to see centres that have been stingy / generous and then push those students up / down. I think this is where the ranking would come in. If the centre had been 50% too stingy then the top 50% in each grade would get moved up to the next grade.
Essentially, if we get our grading right (which I am confident we will) the ranking shouldn’t have very much impact at all.


  1. Will students be able to continue to study if they want to? Some students want to be prepared for potential resits or be in a good position for progressing to university.
The guidance is very clear about not requiring any further work and that centre assessed grades are to be made based on the work up to this point. I think we would get into a very messy situation if we were to still be trying to force all students to engage.
However, I am sure that subject areas will want to provide more learning for our students once we get back after Easter. We need a bit of time to work out what this will be so please look out for further updates.
All students who choose to resit in the autumn or next summer will be supported by the college. Again, we haven’t got details about how these resits will work at this stage but we will provide information when we get it.


  1. Will there be an A level results day? End of year celebrations? Sports Pres?
We don’t have details about how the A level grades will be awarded, or exactly when, so we will have to wait for details about a results day.
We do very much hope to hold a ‘graduation’ for all of our leavers this year so you can all come in and say good bye properly. Mark Lucid is also very keen to hold Sports Pres. Clearly these events will depend on how the response to COVID-19 develops but we don’t want you time at college to end like this.


  1. Do we still need to complete our Art examined piece?
Art students do not need to keep working on their final projects as far as their centre assessed grade is concerned. Your teacher will use all of the work you have done so far, and the trajectory that your examined piece was on, as evidence for the grade we will submit to the exam board. You are, of course, welcome to finish off the work. I would think it would be a good thing for your portfolio going forwards.


  1. Will work completed after school closure on March 20th count? Should I still try to submit work e.g. mock exams I completed at home as I missed the original sitting due to illness?
Here is the statement from the guidance:
There is no requirement to set additional mock exams or homework tasks for the purposes of determining a centre assessment grade and no student should be disadvantaged if they are unable to complete any work set after schools were closed. Where additional work has been completed after schools and colleges were closed on 20 March, Heads of Centre should exercise caution where that evidence suggests a change in performance. In many cases this is likely to reflect the circumstances and context in which the work is done.
So, there is no requirement to submit any extra work but do check with your subject area if you are unsure.


  1. Requests for indications about grading
Given that we have been explicitly told not to share grading information with students I am afraid that we will not be feeding back the grades from the recent mock exams.
You can refer to grades achieved in previous work and mock examinations, UCAS predicted grades and the RAG gradings we have given through the year for an indication of the sort of grade we would expect to submit.


  1. Will the grades I need for my first choice university be taken into account?
For example I need 3 A’s for my firmed university so will teachers be aware of this and include it as well or is this irrelevant?
Your teachers won’t take that into account. We will be making the centre assessed grades using the evidence listed in the answer to question 1. However, we will be aiming to give the most positive but fair grade. So, if your work has been good and you were working hard towards the end, there is a good chance you will be awarded the good grades you need for your university offers. Also, I expect that universities will be especially lenient around their offers this year given the circumstances.


  1. EPQ clarification
The centre assessed grading process will apply to all EPQ students. So, your project will not be assessed as normal. Having said that, if you have finished, your supervisor will be very confident about the grade they can submit for you. Also, if you are not happy with the final outcome, there will be the opportunity to resubmit the work in the autumn.


  1. With regards to things like free prescriptions and council tax, when will we actually be classed as no longer in full-time education?
At Wyke we count students as being with us until 31st August of the year that they complete. That is still the case this year.
Here is the link to the governments FAQs again:


I hope that is all of some help and please do keep the questions coming,
Look after yourselves,
Principal Paul Britton
ace your interview

Ace your Interview!

By | Course News

With many of you set to have your Wyke Sixth Form College telephone interview after the Easter break (from April 20th), we’ve put together some top tips to help you feel more prepared – and help you ace it!

  • Set out a quiet space

Before your interview is due to start, set out a quiet space for the interview to take place. This may be in a quiet room away from the TV/ radio or any other distractions.

  • Be well prepared

Charge your mobile phone. Have any documents available that you may wish to refer to during the interview such as our college prospectus. Have a pen and paper ready to take down notes.

  • Take your time

Take your time when answering any questions and ask for time to think if you need it. It is always better to give a full answer rather than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.

  • Changing your course choices

Since making your application to the College, you may have changed your mind on your study programme. Read up on your new course choices and make sure to tell your interviewer of these new subjects.

  • Input the correct qualifications

Before your interview, it would be really helpful to make a list of the qualifications you were working towards at school with the correct qualification type, e.g. GCSE or BTEC. If any of these were originally inputted incorrectly, please do let your interviewer know.

  • Stay positive!

It can be normal to feel a little nervous before any interview but try to remember that these next steps are really exciting. Your Wyke interview really is nothing to worry about; it is informal and there to help ensure you are well informed about all aspects of college life and on the right track to your future career goals.

  • Ask questions

If you’ve got questions, don’t be shy. Ask away, and find out as much as you can. It shows that you’re interested. You can always write a list of specific questions beforehand. Common questions include; How is the timetable structured? What makes Wyke different to other colleges? What are the first few weeks like?

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Keeping our College Community Safe Online

By | News for Parents

Keeping students safe online

In these unprecedented times, the Humberside Police Cyber Security Team will be updating their media streams with information about staying safe online.

HP_Cyber (Twitter) and Humberbeat Cybercrime (Facebook) will have twice daily updates on a range of cybersecurity topics that will help to safeguard young people and families who are currently working at home.

The Cyber Security Team have also recommended the following links to help our College community stay safe online.

Useful links:

Useful Videos:
Corona Virus Scams

Corona Virus Scams

By | Community

Sadly, in these trying times, there are unscrupulous individuals who see the current situation as an opportunity to exploit people of all ages and backgrounds.

Alistair Kennedy from Humberside Police Cyber Security Team has provided a range of useful resources below, to help young people and families to stay safe online while working from home at this unprecedented time.

Useful Links:-

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Useful Videos: –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhpeFG9hGm4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjYrxzSe3DU

 

Download the “Stay Safe Online Tips” sheet.

Find out more @HP_Cyber on Twitter and Humberbeat Cyber Crime on Facebook.

Telephone Interviews for Applicants

By | Community, Course News

UPDATED 3rd APRIL 2020

Wyke would like to thank you for submitting your application to the College. Due to the current situation relating to COVID-19, there will be no face-face interviews.

In order to ensure that we are able to interview all of our applicants, the college have sent an online form which all applicants are required to complete. (This has been sent to all applicants who applied before 1st April).

This form has been sent to the email which was put on the application form and needs to be completed before so we can organise an interview date and time.

A team of Wyke staff will be conducting telephone interviews with potential students from 20th April. By this date, there should be clear guidance on how grades will be awarded to students.

In order to ensure that we are able to contact you for a telephone interview, please can you make sure that we have your most up to date telephone number and email address by emailing these to mis@wyke.ac.uk

Weekly RAG grade – Remote Learning Week 1

By | News for Parents
All students should have received a RAG mark to represent the quality of their engagement with the remote working tasks they have been set for the first week.The engagement RAG ratings will be collected weekly to inform the pastoral team of the level of student engagement in the remote learning.Teachers and tutors will be following up any concerns and please do get in touch if you have any further issues about the RAG marks.
  • RED RAG Rating: No student engagement (there may be legitimate reasons for this for example illness or IT issues. In this instance, please let your son/daughter’s tutor know.)
  • AMBER RAG Rating: Some student engagement, but poor quality of work.
  • GREEN RAG Rating: Student is fully engaged and producing good quality work.

This is visible under the Achievement & Reviews Tab once logged into Parent Portal.

Please click on Grade Summary for a week by week review. Grades will be colour coded under the appropriate heading. Last weeks engagement review is under the heading of RL1 (remote learning 1).

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Mandeep Wins Top 30 Award

By | Awards, Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Law, Photography
Congratulations to Mandeep Kaur on collecting her  Humber “Top 30 under 30” award. 

BusinessLive, part of the Hull Daily Mail online output,  have been celebrating the winners this spring. They wrote, “Mandeep always offers to go above and beyond to cater for everyone’s needs. After university, Mandeep started working for the Schools and Colleges Liaison Service, where she still resides today, firstly as an office assistant before rising through the ranks and becoming an officer responsible for student recruitment. Throughout her role, she has become an integral member of staff who continues to pursue opportunities to better herself and her costumer service.Mandeep is a true unsung hero of the university. All the time and effort she puts into her work is not just because it is her job, but also because it is her passion.”

We contacted Mandeep, asking her to reflect on how her time at Wyke impacted on her future direction.

She said, “I am delighted to be one of the Top 30 Under 30 winners for 2020. The award not only recognises the skills and achievements of young people within the Yorkshire and Humber region, it also inspires young people to learn about the range of opportunities and potential in this area.
 
I hope that young people can see the journey that I have been on to get to where I am and feel inspired to also achieve the best for themselves. A lot of my success stems from my time as a student at Wyke Sixth Form College (2007 – 2009).
 
Reflecting back on my time at Wyke, I was a very proactive student and got involved in many brilliant opportunities. I represented the college during Open Evenings as a Student Crew member. This was a role I took a lot of pride in as I welcomed prospective students and their families to Wyke. I also had the opportunity to raise funds, organise and participate in events for various organisations, such as the first ever Wyke Fashion Show. Through studying Law, I became a ‘witness’ in the Bar Mock Trial at Leeds Crown Court against other colleges and sixth forms in the region and I was also interviewed by John Prescott in my Art class as part of a BBC documentary.
 
I have so many wonderful memories of my time as a student at Wyke. I now realise how those two years had provided me with a strong foundation of skills and confidence to progress into Higher Education, working life and now achieving a Top 30 Under 30 award.”