Category Archives: 6th Form

Head of 6th form is Mrs S. Nowell-Hughes and Assistant Head of 6th form is Miss A. Purcell.

Student finance for 2017-18 – it’s time to apply

Students applying for university or college courses in 2017/18 should apply for their student finance now.

You don’t need to have a confirmed place at university or college –  use your preferred choice of course and change it later.

Apply now to make sure your money is ready at the start of your course. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk.

Read this quick guide first.

Lauren’s summer at Aberystwyth University

aber-summer-school2During the summer of 2015, I spent 6 weeks in Aberystwyth University as a student of the Summer University Programme. For six whole weeks during the summer, I lived as a student in student accommodation and attending lectures of varying intensity to then sit and examination lesson at the end of the course. The six weeks was split up into 3 periods of two weeks. I would sit a course of my choice and core skills and they would change every two weeks. Altogether, I sat 6 modules with university standard assessments.

The first two weeks of the holiday, I studied Core Skills one, which required me to write an essay of 1000 words about the influence of popular music on Western culture. I decided to do mine on Punk as it was a very influential part of the late 20th century and the first few years of the 21st century, although less influential during the latter. I also studied a subject of my choice, which was Psychology, in which was studied about Social Psychologist and, of course, the Stanford Prison Experiment. We also looked at the Robber’s Cave experiment which saw two groups of teenage boys on a camping trip. Neither of the groups knew about the other group, and after a week of activities, the two groups were brought together. The aim was to study hostility between groups. At the end of the two weeks, we had to write an essay of 1500 words on a question we were given, so I decided to Critically Evaluate the Behavioural Approach, along with a power point presentation highlighting a topic that we feel strongly about. My presentation was on how Social Media has led to a decrease of literacy rates across England and Wales. To results were shocking. I finished the first two weeks with a 2,2 in core skills and Psychology.

The second two weeks followed a similar format to the first part of the summer. I sat through 2 hours of core skills in the morning, researching and writing a 800 word essay on the question “To learn in Welsh is a privilege! Discuss”. Many people had strong views on this subject, myself included. I decided to take a historical approach to answering this question. My second choice subject was Drama. I quite enjoyed drama and the lecturer’s name was Ritz. However, he was also a philosophy teacher so the majority of the lessons were very philosophical based, including the scripted piece we studied; Waiting for Godot. Despite this, I very much enjoyed reading the play. For the assessment at the end of the middle two weeks, we had to perform a play of our stories that we had written and hand in a journal we had been keeping of the two weeks we were in Drama. This time, I received a 2,2 for core skills but a 2,1 in Drama.

The final two weeks, the core skills essay was about a question our team devised with an accompanying presentation. My team decided to do our assignment on “The Increase OF Global Communications has brought the human race together.” Discuss!

I found this essay and research to be very interesting and I enjoyed working as part of team to come up with a final product that we were all very happy with. I am still waiting on the results of this block at this time, but I am sure I have done well. My final chosen subject was Law. I was very excited about this as I aim to become a Homicide detective. I have now decided that I am going to study Criminal Law in Aberystwyth when I leave school and this programme has helped me decide.

But it wasn’t all work. The leaders of the programme put on a range of activities every night for us, making this experience not only an educational one, but a social one as well. I have made many friends that I will keep in contact with. This was a once in a lifetime experience and if any of you get the opportunity to do this, I would highly recommend it. At the end of the summer, there was a graduation ceremony where we received certificates and have been told that we have an offer of EE to get into Aberystwyth University which has helped me out a lot.

Lauren Pickens – year 13

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Important 6th form parking notice

Due to construction work for our new school building, there will be no parking facilities for the 6th form during September, October and November. Please seek alternative arrangements and we apologise for this short term inconvenience while we create your new facilities.
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Returning to 6th form in September?

Post 16 options and sign up

Below are the finalised option columns and where each subject will be taught next year.

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To ‘sign up’ to an AS course, all year 11 pupils have been issued with a sheet to collect signatures from the teachers of those subjects after you have seen them to have a conversation as to whether that course would be suitable for you. If you have not completed this sheet and handed it in to Miss Richmond, you will need to do this by the end of term. Forms can be obtained from main photocopying or directly from Miss Richmond.

Sign up day: August 31st 2016

After your results day the school will be open on Wednesday August 31st between 9.30am and 12.30 pm for you to come along with your results and officially sign up to your AS courses. The form you filled in with the signatures will also be available to inform us, the 6th form team, that you have seen those teachers and that they have signed you off.  If you are not available on this day, you may email Miss Richmond your choices and as long as she has your teacher signature form and there are no issues with your results to gain access to that AS, then you will be signed up. We would however, encourage you to attend if you are available.

Monday September 5th

Anyone wanting to return to the 6th form at Y Pant should report to the main hall at 8.30 am on Monday morning. There is NO NEED to wear uniform as we will offer a 2-week period of grace on uniform for year 12. Those who have attended the sign up day should have their timetables ready for collection, those who did not may be delayed in gaining access to their chosen courses as their timetables are created during the morning.

Bank of England Chief Economist, Andy Haldane, speaks to Y Pant Students

As part of Year 12’s Welsh Baccalaureate Enrichment Fortnight, students were visited by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England.

Students take part in a range of learning activities during this time and have the opportunity to engage with a number of external facilitators and subject matter experts.

It was a great honour to be addressed by Andy who took time off from his busy schedule to give a fascinating and enlightening insight into the world of finance and the global economy. He was more than happy to field questions from the inquisitive audience on a range of topics and of course Brexit was a popular choice.

Mr Pearsall and Mr Mortimer have arranged a number of enrichment activities over the 2 weeks to optimise success in the Welsh Baccalaureate and to enhance transferable and essential skills. Many thanks to Andy and his team for this rare insight and to our Sixth Form for being a receptive and inquisitive audience.

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6th Form Options

Our 6th form Open Evening on 10th March was well attended – with a packed hall.

All the information about option columns, subject choices and details about the 6th form can be found on our dedicated website (below).

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We shared the following presentation with parents and prospective students.

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We also shared the Russell Group’s guidance on subject choices:

You can download the Informed Choices document they referred to below:

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Y Pant Sixth Form Committee

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Children in Need took place on Friday and as always the Sixth Form took part in their annual fancy dress. This year, myself and another student decided to attend as bags of Jelly Beans, which gained a lot of praise on the day so I believe it was a success. Children in Need is one of the best times for the Sixth Form to get together and really contribute to the fundraising done by Y Pant every year. When I started in the Sixth Form last year, a Sixth Form Committee was set up in order to build a team that was engaged in school events and also wanted to have a strong role in the fundraising for the Year 13 Prom. The committee, for the second year, has enjoyed being a part of Children in Need and we are amazed by the incredible £2500 that Y Pant raised this year! We were overwhelmed by the response to the tuck shop this year and once again, it proved successful at both break and lunch. Additionally, the Sixth Form were involved with the running of the activities at lunch including face painting, basketball and helping out with the photo booth; all of which proved to be a lot of fun!

The Sixth Form Committee aims to organise events for the younger years of Y Pant as we have all gone through starting at comprehensive and we know that there is not a great deal of entertainment in our locality. Recently we organised a Halloween Disco for Year 7 and 8, which was held at the drama studio at the school. This was great fun and the response we had was very positive and I know that many of the students would like there to be more. Therefore, I am hoping to use the school website as a way to communicate the new events organised by the Sixth Form Committee, so keep a look out!

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6th form option choices

You can find all the information you need about option choices at the Y Pant – Bryncelynnog 6th form consortium on our dedicated website.

This is available at all times on the menu above by visiting Students –> 6th form information –> 6th form options.

There have been some small amendments to option columns this week.

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Cardiff University workshops & lectures for 6th form

cardiffUniversityCardiff University Curriculum Support are linking with schools and are offering a series of workshops and lectures relating to AS Level, A Level and degree level subjects.

Follow this link http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/curriculumsupport to investigate the range of subjects on offer and to register for events. Individuals can attend events once registered or if there is enough interest (eg. a full minibus) School may be able to organise transport.

Why bother? Apart from invaluable subject enrichment, attending events outside school proves you are passionate about subjects and serious about taking studies further. When applying for courses of study after yr12/13 you can expand on the experiences gained in your personal statements.

Yr 12/13 news…Interested in a career in medicine or research? Read on…

EVENT DETAILS: SATURDAY 20TH SEPT 10am – 3pm FREE ENTRY – Click here for tickets.

Find out how we are fighting cancer in Wales at the free drop-in event: Cardiff Cancer Research Open Day

  • Meet our cancer scientists, doctors and nurses
  • Go behind the scenes in our lab*
  • Find out more about cancer research happening near you, from  lab research to clinical trials with short talks, fun games and interactive demonstrations

Come along and experience our local cancer research brought to life by the researchers themselves. See how researchers in Cardiff are working together to discover and pioneer new cancer treatments.

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There will be interactive activities suitable for all ages including children.

* Please note, due to health and safety reasons, minimum age for lab tour will be 13.

The Open Day includes a talk programme with short talks delivered by top researchers and clinicians, which are suitable for a public audience. The programme will be:

10:30am: ‘Personalised Medicine’ by Dr Rachel Butler, Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Head of All Wales Genetics Laboratory ‘

11:30am: ‘Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer’ by Prof Andy Sewell, Associate Director for Immunity and Infection Research Institute, Cardiff University School of Medicine

12:30pm: ‘Understanding basic cancer biology in the search for new treatments’ by Prof Alan Clarke, Director of Cancer Research UK Cardiff Centre and European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute

1:30pm: ‘Hot off the Press: New test predicts survival in blood cancer patients’ by Prof Chris Pepper, Institute of Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University School of Medicine

2:15pm:  ‘Improving outcomes through clinical trials’ by Dr Richard Adams, Consultant Oncologist at Velindre NHS Trust and Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit