5Th June 2023
Year 12 bulletin
I hope everyone had a good half-term and managed to enjoy some of the nice weather!
Please check the upcoming events carefully as we’re getting ready to start the UCAS process shortly. There are a few new things but not many; most are extra/super curricular events.
University-focused opportunities. I try to include virtual events from the universities which are traditionally most popular with our students; if there’s anything specific you’re looking for please let me know.
UCAS is the platform that you apply to university through.
The 2024 courses are now live on UCAS so you can begin looking carefully at the entry requirements for them. Use the link here.
There is a general site for exploring Universities’ Open Days, which you can use to find dates for the universities you are interested in: https://www.opendays.com/
‘Ted Talk’: Conspiracy theories; where did they come from?
BBC Ideas: Alien life; have we got it wrong?
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.
A few key notices:
Subject Spotlight is a site designed to highlight different subjects and what studying them as an undergraduate might involve. Have a look here.
University Ready is an online resource hosted by the Open University; it has been developed through collaboration with Welsh Universities and is funded by the Welsh Government.
The University Ready hub is easy to use and is for anyone thinking of progressing to University, there are loads of resources available in both English and Welsh and it includes advice for students as well as your parents/guardians. This resource covers all routes into university including degree apprenticeships.
Free course for those interested in a career in the creative industries: https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/young-creatives/creative-voice
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.
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
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, This month, Alan Turing: Pioneer of Mathematical Biology by Professor Sarah Hart, will highlight Turing's ground-breaking work in biology. Professor Ronald Hutton will question How Pagan Was Medieval Britain? Through Connecting the Dots: Milestones in Graph Theory, Professor Robin Wilson will examine the development of graph theory in the 20th century.
Professor Joanna Bourke will complete her series on A Cultural History of Disease with a lecture on Sickle Cell Disease: A Cultural History, which will explore the importance of racial politics in understanding this disease. There will also be a celebration of her ground-breaking academic work.
Rory Stewart OBE will deliver The Annual Sir Thomas Gresham Lecture 2023 in his exploration of Populism, Aristotle and Hope to suggest ways of re-energising the centre ground of politics.For other lectures which are at undergraduate level use the link here.
Swansea University has their next Open Day on June 17. To book your place and find out more information visit their website here: Undergraduate Open Days - Swansea University.
USW has a Summer School 2023 coming up
Their 2023 Summer School, which is a two-day event in July including a night's stay at the Treforest halls of residence. Students who attend the summer school and then enrol with USW in 2024 will be eligible for a £500 bursary. Use the link here to see how to book a place.
andra.Roberts@southwales.ac.uk> directly and quote 'Photography exhibition visit' in the subject line.
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 - this 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
Accounting & Finance, Law, Marketing, Business & Management and Team Entrepreneurship
Art and Design (including Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fashion Textiles, Fashion Communication and Interior Design)
Health and Social Care (including Nursing [adult, learning disability and mental health], Midwifery, Radiography, Social Work and Occupational Therapy)
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:
Cardiff Met have a series of Open Days and Campus tours available:
Dow Silicones have a Degree Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. This is aimed at those with A levels in Maths and Physics, or are due to sit them.
RAF Apprenticeships are now open. Their upcoming webinar which will highlight the opportunities available. Register 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:
- Young Minds
- Young Minds - muslim mental health campaign
- Young British Muslims talk Mental Health
- Mental Health Wales
There are also some useful techniques here for those experiencing feelings of anxiety:
- Breathing techniques to calm anxiety Visit now
- Yoga for Anxiety Visit now
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.