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Sixth Form Bulletin

19th february 2024

Year 13 Bulletin 

Morning all,

Quite a few opportunities are coming up for those interested in undergraduate study. Now is the time to be going to Open Days and applying for Summer Schools. 




Quote of the week:


“Prestige and status are like a powerful magnet that warps even your own beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you'd like to like.”

Paul Graham, Entrepreneur and venture capitalist


Shoutout to the following pupil who received a praise postcard and three positive comments in one day respectively. Keep up the good work!


  • Eleanor (GDO)
  • Nathan (EDA)


Key dates and deadline:


  • The Maths Department run a support session every Wednesday for A Level Maths and GCSE resit support every single Monday. 
  • Chemistry have both Year 12 and 13 chemistry support sessions every Monday after school.
  • Biology has after school support sessions on Thursdays in H23
  • Digital Technology and Computer Science revision sessions/coursework catch-up will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 2.40 till 3.30 in H03


A few general announcements:


  • The National Trust has just launched the Time + Space Award, offering 16 - 25 year olds the chance of time, space, support and inspiration to unlock their ideas at Sir Isaac Newton’s home in Lincolnshire, where he discovered gravity and the famous apple tree still stands in the garden.  Each award will be up to the equivalent value of £5000, which will be a bespoke package of mentoring, time with experts and extra support and expenses to help winners realise their big idea. These experts include Professor David Olusoga, British space scientist Dame Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, zoologist, wildlife TV presenter and science communicator Megan McCubbin and TV presenter, social & environmental activist Tayshan Hayden-Smith. Closing date for applications is 30th April 2024.
  • Please make sure you are all signed up to the Exams Google Classroom - this is how you will find out vital information about each exam series, resits, mocks and other details. The classroom code is aj5fjjv
  • For those interested in joining the South Wales Police Force, they are now inviting applications for their South Wales Police Student Constable Campaign check out the details here
  • The ERIC App provides opportunities for school leavers to prepare for a career in creative industries. If students download the app they can take part in Careers events e.f there is an upcoming Warner Bros event for apprenticeships in the UK.  Lots of other opportunities for Careers guidance and it's free. 


We have submitted all this year’s applications now and almost everyone has at least one offer now - 29 people have all five offers

The next steps now for people are:

If you’re struggling with deciding where to go, remember that it is a nervous time and there's a lot to think about in terms of what happens next? The main thing to be aware of is that you’re in a position of power: the universities will all be hoping you’ll choose them. They’ll be sending you emails, inviting you to visit days, perhaps even sending you a brochure or two in the post. But the reality is that the power now rests with you. You get to choose which offers to accept.

So, how does it all work, and what should you be thinking about as you accept your offers?

The summary is this. You get to accept two offers. One is your Firm choice, and if you get the grades for this choice, your place is guaranteed. The other is your Insurance choice, so if you miss out on your Firm choice, but get the grades for this choice, you’ll be going there instead. Simple? Well yes, but of course there are a few more things to think about. There’s quite a useful blog with some advice here. 


There is a new App ‘Blackbullion’ which tries to ensure students have the best experience when searching and applying to scholarships. If you're ready to start applying for funding, then it is best to sign up for a Blackbullion account. Or, if you just want scholarship updates for now, you can sign up to their Scholarships Newsletter. There are no costs associated with ANY aspect of the process - it's all completely free 

Those of you applying to Russell Group universities may be eligible for a bursary if you check as well as Swansea having some academic excellence bursaries available. I’ve included some of the universities here that I know people have applied to. It’s always worth checking/applying - the worst that can happen is that you don’t get anything - doesn’t hurt to try! There are lots available which are focused on household income, STEM (women especially) and engineering. See me if you need any help applying for these. 


Gresham College has a series of lectures by different Professors which are really useful to show your proactive engagement with the subject you’re hoping to study: browse the series they have here: ​​ 

Health after Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Professor Chris Whitty FRS Tue, 20 Feb 2024 Watch Online

Pulsars, Microwave Ovens and the Radio Sky, Professor Chris Lintott Wed, 21 Feb 2024 Watch Online

The Colour Spectrum of Scales and Modes, Professor Milton Mermikides Thu, 22 Feb 2024  Watch Online

Option Pricing Theory Explained, Professor Raghavendra Rau, Mon, 26 Feb 2024 Watch Online

Changes in the Concept of Autism, Professor Francesca Happé CBE FBA Wed, 28 Feb 2024 Watch Online

Wealth Inequality: English Law's Unintended Legacy? Professor Leslie Thomas KC Thu, 29 Feb 2024 Watch Online

EDT Placement applications for 2024/25 are open. The YINI application process has been streamlined, making it easier and quicker for students to apply and stay updated. 

What is YINI?     

EDT’s, The Year in Industry (YINI) Placement scheme, helps place school-leaving students into paid 12-month long placements into all areas of engineering, science (particularly physics), technology/electronics, maths, business, marketing and finance across the UK.


How does the application process work?

·       You register interest via their website here and receive a weekly update of the latest placement opportunities.

  •  There is no charge to register.
  • You only apply for the specific roles that you’re interested in.
  • You will receive CV/Interview advice and an interview with the team to help you prepare.

Benefits for placed YINI students:

  • Industry led training including webinars on project management, presentations skills, leadership, and management.
  • A mentor service throughout the placement.
  • Competitions and awards to help promote and enhance your CV.
  • Your  work can also be accredited by the Industrial Cadets Platinum Award, of which His Majesty King Charles III is patron.

To Register for YINI:

Interested students can register via their website here

Aspire is a collection of free careers, university and further education resources. It is designed to give state-educated students the tools and knowledge they need to make more informed decisions about their future. Their ‘guide’ is a free resource, full of information and guidance, designed to inform you and help you navigate the range of careers and further education out there. Access the online version of the Guide, alongside other resources, on the Aspire website,


Struggling with your Personal Statement; use the support from UCAS

Many universities have got upcoming Open Days so make sure you have a look at the places you think you may want to study at. Here’s the best place to check dates for Open Days: 

To make sure you understand the grades you might need for courses you’re interested in and confirm entry requirements please use the following website: Ask your LC to look at courses with you if you’re not sure about things.

Bath University may give a lower offer to students in Wales as a result of their WBQ prediction; read more about their approach to the Welsh Bacc and their alternative offer here. To support students, they are holding a MOOC delivered in partnership with Aberystwyth University  ‘How to succeed in your Welsh Bacc: the Individual Project Essentials

Aberystwyth University has a new Higher Education streaming platform, Aberflix and a range of generous scholarships available.

Swansea University’s next on-campus event is are Saturday 23 March. Students will have the opportunity to:-

  • Find out about more about courses
  • Speak to staff and current students studying their chosen subjects

Take a campus tour of our fantastic campus and department facilities

If you’re unsure what subject you’d like to study at University it might be worth booking onto the Masterclass Series below to experience a taster of the courses on offer at Swansea.

Each session is presented by their academic staff (the people who would be teaching you) and offers students the chance to:

  • Find out what university lectures are like
  • Explore your subject of interest further
  • Discover the latest research at Swansea
  • Ask questions about the course

Use the link here to register. 

Swansea University:

Cardiff University

Their lecture series is ongoing; 

Work Experience

Please sign up for Uptree here if you didn’t do so last year. And then check out all the opportunities they have:  

Other current Jobs and placements.


  • Deloitte: Aspire, London and Manchester. Application deadline: open

Find out more


  • Coca-Cola Europacific Partners: Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance Apprentice, Multiple Locations. Application deadline: open

Find out more


  • Lloyds Banking Group: Multiple Apprenticeships, Various Locations. Application deadline: open

Find out more


Gain insights into different industries, develop your essential skills and learn how to ace your future applications. Check out their newest course Introduction to the National Cyber Force! If you're after something different you can also check out courses with J.P. Morgan, Arm and ATAC.


Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) is the UK’s largest digital bank, with roles that include audit, data analyst, customer services, finance and much more. Explore your future at Lloyds Banking Group's Work Experience Day.

Professional services.

Deloitte is one of the largest, leading professional-services firm in the UK. If  you're interested in a career in professional services and looking for an apprenticeship/full time job, apply for Professional Services Application Masterclass


Apprenticeships/Degree Apprenticeships

Professional services.

Find out more about WTW's Level 3 apprenticeship in finance by attending their Finance and Insurance Insight Day

Some Apprenticeships have become available with the South Wales Police, Bridgend – TO START SEPT 2024


ID: 6415

Apprentice-Digital Forensic

Role Type: Police Staff

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Location: HQ, Bridgend

Grade: SC2

Salary: £23.154

Closing Date: 1 Mar 2024 15:00 GMT


ID: 6423

Procurement and Commercial Apprentice

Role Type: Police Staff

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Location: HQ, Bridgend

Grade: SC2

Salary: £23.154

Closing Date: 1 Mar 2024 15:00 GMT


ID: 6417

ICT Hired Apprentice

Role Type: Police Staff

Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Location: HQ, Bridgend

Grade: SC2

Salary: £23.154

Closing Date: 1 Mar 2024 15:00 GMT

AWE have a range of apprenticeships available. Choose from a wide range of Level 2 and 3 roles.

Level 2 and 3 roles at AWE are a great starting point to develop your skills and be supported into onward career paths and degree level study. 

Those who join their award-winning apprenticeship scheme are paid a salary while they learn. Have a look at some of the remaining open apprenticeships:

Level 2: 

- Supervised Practitioner

- Engineering Operative Apprentice

- Operations Apprentice

Level 3:

- Maintenance Control Apprentice 

- Machine Operator Apprentice

- Computer Aided Design Technician

- Mechanical Maintenance Apprentice

Caerdav are based in St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan and are looking to recruit to their Aerospace Apprenticeship Programme 2024 - Sept 2024 start

Closing date: 31st March 2024

Key Requirements:

•         A minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade A* – C which include English Language, Science and a minimum grade B in Mathematics


It’s a three-year course, to complete:

•         Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma for On-Aircraft Maintenance

•         Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO)

•         Level 2 Essential Digital Literacy Skills

•         Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship – TO START SEPT 2024


To apply, please email your CV to Michelle Barrett  -

The starting annual salary in year one is £17,325 (paid on a monthly basis) and increases with each year of the apprenticeship.

Applicants should:

•          Have or expected to achieve as a minimum, three passes at GCSE, grades A-C (achieved or predicted), including the following subjects:

•          English Language

•          Mathematics

•          A technical subject preferably Physics, Chemistry, CDT, Engineering Science or Product Design

Building Services Electrical - Level 6 Apprenticeship - Careers | ARUP

Have or expect to achieve:

A Levels Grade C or above including Mathematics and Physical Science (or equivalent)

Network 75 is a combined work placement and part-time study route to a degree allowing students to Work, Earn and Learn. Network75 Trainees are able to apply their academic knowledge to real-life work within their host company gaining the necessary skills, experience and qualifications that are highly sought after by industry. 

UCAS has a lot of information about apprenticeships: 


For those of you feeling anxious about the UCAS process or anything else, as always we are always available to help. If you feel you need more support here are some useful links:

There are also some useful techniques here for those experiencing feelings of anxiety:

 Remember it  is important that you keep an eye on your emails and our Twitter feed (@stcyres6th). I send out links and tweets regularly so there is a lot of information available, you just need to access it and let me know if there are any problems with you doing that. 

As always, if there are any issues get in touch; we’re here to support you.

Take care,

Ms Jones 




St Cyres School, Sully Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XP

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