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Sixth Form Bulletin

15th May 2023

Year 12 Bulletin

Morning all,

Hope you had a good weekend.

There are staffed revision sessions are ongoing for Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology - make sure you attend - it will help support the revision you are undertaking at home. 




The My Experiences Survey Cymru is open to participants across Wales. This is an anonymous online survey offering 16-18 year olds living in Wales the opportunity to talk about their experiences and what help is most likely to be useful in supporting them with difficult experiences. The results of this survey will inform Public Health Wales policy on youth mental health and so they are extremely keen to hear from as many young people as possible. You can complete the survey here:


Make sure you have watched the exam information video here which key details about the upcoming exams and ensure you have joined the Exam google classroom, the code is  zxwmgla


A few general announcements:


Please make sure that you are signing the ‘Class Sign-in sheets’ when a teacher is away. The sign-in sheet will be available for the duration of the lesson. If you do not sign-in you will be marked as absent which could affect your attendance and EMA.


There were a number of enquiries regarding EMA last term - please remember that EMA payments are dependent on more than just your attendance at lessons. You signed a contract agreeing to attend lessons; be punctual to them AND complete work set - any notifications that work has not been completed or repeated lateness to lessons can result in the decision not to award EMA. 


A few key notices: 


Uptree is a free careers programme Through Uptree, you can:

  • Access free online courses and support for career development
  • Broaden your knowledge of career routes
  • Meet with leading employers
  • Access unique opportunities and events, including apprenticeships and work experience Sign up here. 





Academic support and deadlines

There are a range of resources to support your revision on the ‘Power Up Wales’ website. Use the link here to access them. 

There is also some information here about revision techniques which might be useful. 




This is a revision site I found so I hope it’s useful: ​​ 




Support sessions are running on Mondays 2:45 — 3:45pm 


Revision with Mrs Rowlands will also be:


  • This Friday 19th May = Year 12 - JR in H24




Support sessions after school on Mondays in I13; see Miss Toozer for details. 




Mr Withers is running Drama rehearsals on Mondays 


English Literature


Wednesday in J113 with Ms Hosgood




Catch up sessions after school on a Monday, but can be more flexible if given notice. They also have an 'A Level Litcast' podcast for A Level on Spotify/iTunes.



Support sessions after school on Wednesdays; see Mr Jones for details


Medical Science and Biology


Catch up/Revision sessions are running on Thursdays from 2.45 to 3.45; see Mrs Collier for further details


For anyone considering Engineering, either as a university course or an apprenticeship this might be a useful site to gain some understanding of what would suit you:  I want to study Engingeering

There will be a Vets practical day on June 6th at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli run by Aberystwyth University.

There are 250 spaces across Wales. It ran last year and feedback was very positive; students were able to do some practical work, talk to recruitment, delve into biochemistry and explore the career routes.  This is definitely not just for those considering Aberystwyth. It's a broad offer that should appeal to lots of students; I need to know if you’re interested as soon as posible as it’s first come first served and I have to let the organisers know if we have any interest.

In2Science Chemistry and Psychology work experience placements within Cardiff are still accepting new student applications

Speakers for Schools has a range of work experience opportunities, just be aware some are aimed at students in England - especially the Healthcare ones which relate to NHS England. Use the link here to see whether there’s anything relevant to you. 

Gresham College has a series of lectures by different Professors; This month, Professor Victoria Baines will address human issues in the IT sector in Cybersecurity for Humans and the representations of cyber threats. Professor Raghavendra Rau will look at the hot topic of AI in Business. In Do We Need the Police?, Professor Leslie Thomas KC will weigh up the state of and alternatives to a police force. By considering The End of the Universe, Professor Katherine Blundell OBE will the examine the critical implications of the expansion of the universe.

Delving into more Unexpected Mathematical Lives Professor Sarah Hart looks at The Mathematical Life of Florence Nightingale by exploring the importance and legacy of her work. Continuing his fascinating series All The World's A Microbe, Professor Robin May will imagine A Microbial Future by proposing how microbes may be the solution we need to venture beyond Earth. Finally Professor Myles Allen will discuss How the World Agreed on Net Zero.  For other lectures which are at undergraduate level use the link here.


General advice

Discover Uni is a government-funded facility which has data on nearly every university and their courses. You can find the entry data of students who joined a degree course and the percentage of those students who entered with particular grades - if you have the same grades then your chances are higher than if you have lower grades.try the website here: Discover Uni

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. I’ve just put the links for our most popular destinations’ Open Days below as well as the Open Days calendar. 

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 whether you might need specific subjects/grades for a course you are considering.

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,

Lots of Summer School opportunities are coming up. Use the links here to see whether you meet the criteria. I only highlight the Summer Schools which are free so be aware that there are other opportunities which would involve a cost; look for those on the university websites. 

UCL Summer schools

Southampton Summer school

Gloucester Summer School

Bath Summer School

Birmingham Summer School

Imperial London

The University of Law is not just about law. Their undergraduate courses in law, business, criminology, policing, psychology and computer science have been specially designed to give students an exciting, practical and academic experience, teaching students real-world skills so they can achieve their career ambitions. They have campuses in 6 locations including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds, as well as an online campus (courses vary depending on location). They have Open Days coming up; book here

UWE Bristol have an Upcoming Open Day - Saturday 10 June, 09:00-15:00

From subject-specific talks to sessions on accommodation, fees and funding and the application process. It’s a really good opportunity for you to explore their campuses, chat to students and staff and see for yourself what it’s really like to study there. Find out more and register here. 

They also have spaces available on their upcoming subject taster days, which are designed to inspire and support you with your future career and progression choices. Please visit their website for full itineraries of each day. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Widening Access team.

Education, Primary Education and Early Childhood Studies

  • Thursday 8 June - Frenchay Campus

Accounting & Finance, Law, Marketing, Business & Management and Team Entrepreneurship

  • Tuesday 13 June - Frenchay Campus

Art and Design (including Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fashion Textiles, Fashion Communication and Interior Design)

  • Wednesday 28 June - City Centre Campus

Health and Social Care (including Nursing [adult, learning disability and mental health], Midwifery, Radiography, Social Work and Occupational Therapy)

  • Friday 30 June - Glenside Campus

Aberystwyth University is organising a new FREE five-day residential programme designed to promote equality of opportunity for students in Wales by offering support to those who have the potential to enter Higher Education and succeed. Access All Aber is for Year 12 students who hope to progress to higher education next year.  The programme will be held from lunchtime on Monday 10th to Friday the 14th of July, in Neuadd Pantycelyn, on the main Penglais University campus.  The aim is to give students a taste of university life and an introduction to what is on offer at Aberystwyth.Here is the link for the application form, and the deadline is next Friday, 19 May 2023. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Cardiff University AS Physics Summer School

Applications for Cardiff Universities 3 day non-residential Y12 Physics Summer Programme (19-21 June 2023) are open. Further information can be found on their website.

They also have  Open Days coming up on Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July.

Newcastle University has a series of Open Days coming up. Book your event here: 

The University of Sheffield has online subject taster sessions to help students experience what it is like to study there. Register here. 

Next Steps for Y12 Conferences 2023

Join representatives from the University of Exeter, University of Bath, Cardiff University, Keele University, Lancaster University and the University of Warwick to find out more about applying to, and studying at, university. Please complete the form here and select the events you wish to attend to register your place. Date - 10th June.

Swansea University has a series of subject-specific webinars designed to support you as you begin thinking about which subject/s you might want to study at undergraduate level. Book your place on one here. Other opportunities they currently have:

  • Their Head Start webinars focused on Student Life. Have a look at the programme here. 

Cardiff Met have a series of Open Days and Campus tours available:

Apprenticeships/Degree Apprenticeships


The PwC Virtual Insight programme is a 3-day experience (Monday 24 July - Wednesday 26 July 2023), designed to give students in Years 11-12 an insight into PwC: their lines of service, their culture, the work they do and how you can join them as a school leaver - roles in Consulting, Tech, Tax and Audit will be covered by this programme.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with PwC employees and ask questions so that you can make informed decisions about your next steps. They’ll provide application insight and guidance too, equipping you with the skills you need to thrive in the workplace. Further information, including full eligibility criteria can be found in the link here

The deadline to apply is this Friday, 19 May 2023

KPMG are hosting a work-experience day on Tuesday 30th May from 10.00am – 4.00pm, during the day, you will have the opportunity to learn key employability skills, such as how to communicate your message and build your personal brand. You will also have the chance to meet KPMG colleagues to hear about their career journeys and even complete a business pitch challenge. This work-experience day is a fantastic opportunity for you to gain valuable insights into the world of work and build your professional network. Sign-up link:

RAF Apprenticeships are now open. Their upcoming webinar which will highlight the opportunities available. Register here

Deloitte's ASPIRE programme: Deloitte’s ASPIRE program is your chance to see how different career paths align to your unique talents and strengths. Register your interest here.

  • Use the website here to explore Degree Apprenticeships
  • Use the website here to explore Degree Apprenticeships
  • Network 75 offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities as well; use the link here: 


For those of you who may feel you need support, as always we are always available to help. If you feel you need more support there are some useful support sites and links listed here:

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



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