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Sixth Form Bulletin

15th April 2024

Year 13 Bulletin

Morning all,

A reminder that our Leavers’ Assembly is on the 17th May; it’s always a lovely event so make sure you’re there!





Quote of the week:


“Action is the antidote to anxiety. You’re not afraid of the future when you’re moving yourself toward it. If you feel anxiety creeping in, use it as a trigger to lean into action, not stagnation. Do something and you’ll feel better."

Chris Williamson


Shoutout to:


Skylar (GDO) for three positive incidents in one day




  • Psychology 8:15-8:45 Every Thursday

  • 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:


Teacher awards:

  • Is there a teacher who has inspired you, helped you or supported you? The University of South Wales are accepting nominations for their annual USW Teacher and Adviser Awards - you might want to nominate a member of staff who has inspired you or supported you within your subject or has been additional support in some way throughout the year. Especially those of you who have had a lot of support with coursework orUse the link here to nominate someone. 

  • Search for free money while you study. Scholarships exclusive to Blackbullion are listed with this company, plus a lot more free scholarships.  The Scholarship Hub is now a Blackbullion company. Sign up here


  • The National Trust has 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

  • 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. 




45 people have all their offers. 


Student Finance


According to the Student Money Survey 2023, 42% of students don’t understand their student loan agreement. You'll be hard pressed to find someone better to explain it all than Martin Lewis, so if you are heading off to university this year, and want to understand it all, have a look at:

Once you've understood the whole student loan package, you can then keep exploring the site and find lots of amazing advice to help you plan, budget and save.


A lot of you are asking about student finance, so here are some links which might help you understand the process better:


UCAS Extra is a free service which opens that allows you to keep applying for higher education courses even if you've already used up your original five choices, as long as you applied through UCAS and are not holding any offers or waiting for a decision on any of your initial five applications; you can also use it if you have changed your mind about what you want to study. 

What’s the difference between Clearing and UCAS Extra…?

The clearing process is from Results Day for those students who don't meet their offer requirements and have no place or change their mind about their course or university at that point. On the other hand, UCAS Extra is for students who got offers but have changed their minds and wish to apply to different universities. There is a link here to a blog with more information about UCAS Extra

So in summary, UCAS Extra opened last week and enables you to withdraw your applications and apply to new courses (one at a time). Just be aware that by the time Extra opens, the most high demand courses may already be full. If you think this is something you might want to use, please come and see me for a chat about it. 


Other than that, the next steps now for people holding offers, especially if you have all your offers, 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. 


Bursaries and scholarships

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 


Blackbullion are hosting National Scholarships Week 15-19 April


Selection of scholarship opportunities

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: ​​ 


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,




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.

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.

  • 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.

Safran Seats GB is proud to announce the launch of its 2024 Apprenticeship recruitment campaign.

This year they have:

13 opportunities across Manufacturing, and Engineering – Level 3 to Level 6

There are three levels of apprenticeships in operation at Safran Seats GB:

• Advanced level apprenticeships that offer a work-based learning programme leading to a BTEC and NVQ level 3.

These qualifications, known as Craft Apprenticeships, are trade skill-based roles to become a CNC machinist.

• Higher Apprenticeships that offer a work-based learning programme leading to a Level 4 qualification: equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree.

At the end of this course, you will be able to apply for Manufacturing Engineering roles.

• Degree Apprenticeships designed by industry to bring together the very best in higher and vocational education.

At the end of this course, you will be a qualified Engineer with a full Bachelor's in either Mechanical or Electrical


4 opportunities across Health & Safety and Supply Chain/Logistics.

Health & Safety, or Supply Chain/Logistics Apprenticeships - Safran Seats - United Kingdom, Cwmbran - 136240 | Safran (

• Higher Apprenticeships that offer a work-based learning programme leading to a Level 3 or 4 qualification: equivalent to a higher education certificate.

At the end of this course, you will have completed either a Business Admin L4 or a Supply Chain L3 qualification.

• Degree Apprenticeships designed by industry to bring together the very best in higher and vocational education.

At the end of this course will have full Bachelor's in Supply Chain and Logistics.


Depending on the level, that you come into your apprenticeship at will determine your starting point.

If you start on a BTEC L3, your first year will be full time at college from September until July and then you will work onsite and attend college 1 day/week during term time to complete your academic qualification.

If your previous qualifications mean you can start on a Higher Apprenticeship, you will attend college 1 day/week to complete your academic qualification and work onsite 4 days/wk.


Successful candidates will ideally have achieved or expect to achieve at least 5 GCSE's - including Math and English - Grade A-C or 4-9, Science and a technology.


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



Apprenticeship opportunities with

Philtronics Ltd, Unit 11 Hirwaun Industrial Estate,

Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan CF44 9UP

Fully Funded Apprenticeships with Philtronics (


Electro-Mechanical Assembly Engineering Apprentice – apply as soon as possible.

Our apprentices are always fully funded while working with us.

Network75 students have both their tuition fees and bursary paid for

Aspire Apprentices are paid age-related minimum wage when they start with us from their 2nd year in college.

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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