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Before applying to university at the start of their A2 year, it is absolutely vital that students visit any university which they are seriously considering applying to. Universities differ to such great extents, both in their general characteristics and in the courses they offer. There are also major differences between similar courses at different universities; so while it may seem that a Biochemistry course at Birmingham will be the same as one at Liverpool, there will often be massive difference, both in course content and structure.
As part of our University Support Programme, our Year 12 students visited Aston University to gain an insight into what it would be like to study at a campus-based university. They kindly organised a careers day which started with an enormously entertaining and thought-provoking talk on the legal profession from Odette Hutchinson, who was recently awarded UK Law Teacher of the Year, and Kris Lines, who is the LLB Law programme director.
Each year our Year 12 students take part in a two week schedule that starts the process of preparing for university. Students attend workshops including How to Write an Outstanding Personal Statement, Broadening Your Appeal (Extended Project Qualification and voluntary work), Student Finance and a variety of careers talks focusing on vocations such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.
Jacob Mann is in his first year of A level studies at MPW College Birmingham, studying German, Maths and Physics. A keen sportsman, Jacob has recently been selected for Under-17 British American Football Team. We caught up with Jacob to find out more about what his selection means to him.
On Friday 13th April 2018, the annual CIFE Football Tournament was held at St Georges Park, Burton. St George’s Park is the English Football Association's national football centre that boasts world-class pitches and facilities. The tournament provides the different CIFE colleges with an opportunity to compete with each other on a competitive level in a tournament that is organised to the highest standard.
At the end of last term, a small group of MPW students took part in MH:2K (Mental Health 2k). Led by Katie Lee and MH:2K coordinator Michelle Bennett, the group delivered a workshop to Year 11 students on the challenges young people have in maintaining good mental health.
On Friday 16th February, the AS Art and Design group produced and curated a photography exhibition in the Student Common Room. The work concluded a term-long project in which students were taught how to use a manual DSLR and explore a theme important to them.
A crucial part of the Geography A level course at MPW is getting out, meeting people and conducting face-to-face research with the people of Birmingham. Our second year A level Geography students visited Brindleyplace to discover the Birmingham public's thoughts and feelings of the recent regeneration taking place in Birmingham.
On Tuesday 30th January 2018, students and tutors turned out in force to exchange ideas about religion and evolution. The event was rich with thoughts and opinions and broke the record for the number of students in the audience for a debating event at the college.
In GCSE and A Level Art and Design students are required to visit galleries on a regular basis. One of the most interesting and eclectic collections of work in the Midlands is held at the New Art Gallery Walsall.