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Sixth Form Bulletin

9th October 2023

Year 13 bulletin 

Morning all,

Just a short bulletin this week but hopefully there will be more events and opportunities coming up. Use the QR code below to check dates for upcoming Open Days.





A few general announcements:


The Independent Study activities document has been updated by staff so you can build in some super-curricular activities or get ahead with understanding key topics. Remember that you can use any additional reading or research on your personal statement for university to highlight how you have prepared for undergraduate level study. 


A reminder that our internal UCAS deadline is the 8th December. 

Please make sure you have completed the Education section of the UCAS application; add your GCSE and AS results and then add the three A Levels you are studying, putting ‘pending’ as the grade and also add Advanced WBQ. Any problems let me know. Even if you do not think you’ll be going to university, please complete this as it’s always an option for you then.

There’s some information regarding preparing a portfolio for creative subjects, such as Art, Animation or Media here


Cymraeg - Welsh Virtual Sessions

Ymlaen Gyda’r Dysgu / Onwards with Welsh provides Welsh sessions to build confidence in speaking the language to 16-18 year olds.

The offer is for learners in years 12 and 13 who are not continuing studying Welsh in A Level. 

This is a great opportunity to build confidence in speaking Welsh that will be beneficial when applying for further education, university or jobs.

Further information can be found here:

There’s a fantastic opportunity with the organisation tutor2u who are offering a Free Online Course for all Sixth Form students. The course includes a mix of videos, engaging activities and resource downloads and covers:

  • An overview of the options for students beyond their time in sixth form
  • Finding out more – suggested research links
  • Advice on how to make strong applications to higher education institutions
  • How to complete an effective personal statement
  • Specialist higher education applications (including Oxbridge, medicine etc)
  • All about apprenticeships
  • Gap years
  • Student finances – a practical guide

Use the link here to register: Students

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.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has an amazing opportunity for 15 pupils to be a part of their half day Pharmacy 'Taster Session' on 7th November 2023 at Llandough Pharmacy Department. This opportunity would be ideally suited for a student who is interested in pursuing a career in Pharmacy, specifically:-

  • A Level students with 4 GCSEs including Maths, English and Science who have an interest in careers which are based in science/healthcare /pharmacy 

For further details on the session plan, along with the learning aims and objectives - please see the attached document 'Taster Session Plan - Pharmacy'. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity, please complete and an application via the following link:-  

Reading University Open Days:

Reading is a campus university and they offer a wide range of subjects, which you can find out about on their website.

They’re offering the option of free transport to individual students from disadvantaged backgrounds - you can sign up using the QR code on the attached poster.

The Open Day dates are this Saturday 14th October.

They are also running a Personal Statement webinar; sign up using the link here.  

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

Bath Spa has a few Open Days coming up: Bath Spa

UWE Bristol Open Days this autumn:


This Saturday 14 October, Saturday 4 November and Saturday 18 November are your chance to explore the university and get a real feel for what it’s like to study there. Subject-specific talks and tasters, sessions on accommodation, fees and funding and the application process, are all part of the Open Day: book your place here.


Campus tour films

If you can't visit  in person, they have virtual tours. They offer a warm welcome from current students and bring their campuses to life. 

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

Swansea University:

Cardiff Uni:

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:  

Apprenticeships/Degree Apprenticeships

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. 


BAMC are now accepting applications for their 2024 Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Scheme


  • Closing date: 29.11.23
  • Start date: September 2024
  • Salary: £12,000 in year one, increasing in year two 
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Location: Barry

UCAS has a lot of information about apprenticeships: 

Uptree also has lots of information and events relating to Apprenticeships so again, sign up and check them out: 

The company PwC has more information for potential accountants, business management or technology students interested in degree apprenticeships with them. Use the link  here to find out more


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

02920 708708