Celebrating the next generation of Wales top physicists

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Yesterday, we welcomed over one hundred budding Seren Academy A-level physics learners to the Welsh capital to celebrate their achievements completing the British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) programme – a series of nation-wide physics challenges.

A charitable trust run by volunteer physics teachers and academics from across the country, the BPhO is designed to support UK learners with an interest in physics to develop their skills, as well as recognise excellence in young physicists.

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Seren Foundation alumni’s key advice on how to ace your A level subject choices

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With so many subjects to choose from, deciding what A levels to take can be tough and can even feel a bit overwhelming, but there are things you can do to help you make the choices that are right for you.


Here, Seren Academy learners, Olivia Lloyd and Abigail Thomas, who know only too well how difficult subject choice decisions can be, offer their key pieces of advice on how to confidently pick your A level subjects.

This post is the second in a serious of blogs from Olivia and Abigail and you can view the first, covering GCSE revision tips here.

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7 top tips to boost your GCSE revision

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Finding your groove can be tricky, particularly during an already daunting time, and especially given that your GCSEs will be the first qualifications you have prepared for.

We all know that revision can be difficult, but a well-planned and tailored approach is key to doing well in your exams, feeling confident and levelling up in your studies. But the real question is, how do you get the most out of your revision?

Here, THREE of our Seren Foundation alumni, Olivia, Ezra and Abigail, have come together to offer their top tips to help you get the most out of your revision.

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6 top tips to boss your studies in Year 12

The beginning of your A levels marks an exciting time in your academic journey. Having hopefully chosen subjects you’re passionate about, your A levels will provide you with valuable insights into what you may wish to pursue in further education.

This time also offers the perfect opportunity to explore your interests outside of school or college, take part in some fascinating Seren masterclasses and advice sessions, and even join a one-of-a-kind Seren Summer School which you may have heard about at the launch event back in October.

Seren alumna Molly Rowlands, now a Natural Sciences (Mathematics and Education) student at Durham University, gives her top tips for making the most out of Year 12 and bossing your studies.

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Top 7 tips to boost your wellbeing this World Mental Health Day

7 top tips on how to improve your mental wellbeing from Mind Cymru’s Children and Young People Manager, Nia Evans

World Mental Health Day is happening this Sunday 10 October and to mark the day, we’ve been talking with Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru about the work Mind Cymru are doing, and to share some advice on how to improve your mental wellbeing and who to talk to if you need support.

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A world of possibilities

Seren graduate, Joseph Hinchcliffe, 19, is looking forward to starting university in the US after being a part of the Seren programme opened his eyes to all of the opportunities available both in the UK and America. Here, Joseph shares his experience of Seren and the US applications process, as well as his advice to other learners thinking about studying abroad.

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Our advice to Seren learners considering applying to international universities

We speak to Elli Rees and Jacinta Speer who are both studying at international universities and who are joining us as teaching assistants at this year’s Seren International Online Summer School, to hear their top advice for those of you thinking of applying to universities overseas.

Tell us a little bit more about yourselves…

Elli: Hi everyone, I’m Elli from Llanelli, and I am a rising Junior at St John’s College, Annapolis. I was a Seren student four years ago and at the time, I would never have thought I’d be studying in the US now or typing this blog from Rome where I am currently studying for the summer.


Jacinta: I’m Jacinta and I’m from Australia. I’m a rising senior studying at Yale-NUS College in Singapore – which means I’m starting my fourth and final year soon.

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Advice to my younger self…

By Joe Tresidder, Swansea, South Wales. A second year Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) undergraduate student at Clare College, Cambridge, and teaching assistant for the Seren International Online Summer School 2021.

“A few years ago, I was like many of you: Anxiously thinking through university and course options for when I would finish sixth form. I remember thinking that the sheer range of possible courses, let alone the choice of studying at different types of universities, seemed very overwhelming and stressful at times!

To be perfectly honest with you all, even after I had reached the end of year 12, I wasn’t 100% sure about the course that I wanted to study in university, which made me a bit anxious. I always knew that I was interested in languages, but I also could not help but think about whether I wanted to study history, or law, or politics. So I completely understand how difficult it can seem when everyone expects you to make up your mind about what you’re going to study for the next few years of your life. After all, there is plenty to consider, and it’s okay to take a bit of time to decide.

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Beyond the MAT: top tips to ace your university maths interview

After sitting your MAT test and (fingers crossed) achieving a result you’re happy with, the next step in your university application will be the interview stage. This is often a very nerve-wracking experience for many applicants who aren’t sure what to expect. However, through plenty of practice and preparation, you can build your confidence and feel ready to take on the big day.

Here, Francis Hunt, Maths Enrichment Coordinator from the Further Maths Support Programme Wales – a Swansea University-based scheme designed to support learners interested in studying maths at higher levels – shares his top tips to prepare for your university maths interview.

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