Jasmine Greene


What A Levels are you studying?

I’m Studying English, Media, Biology and Welsh baccalaureate.

What do you like about your chosen subjects?

I like the varied aspects of English, this year we’re studying a novel and doing a Shakespeare play. The varied aspects keep you intrigued and helps to broaden your knowledge on a much wider range of literary text.

I didn’t pick up media until quite late in year 12 because I initially took biology, chemistry and English. I found I didn’t get on with chemistry very well, but I continued it through. I soon went back and spoke to staff and said that I would like to have the opportunity to do media and the teachers were incredibly supportive, as was Gemma (Head of 6th Form College). The staff put in so much time and effort to teach me on top of what they were already teaching, I was able to do the course outside of lessons. I can’t thank them enough for doing that. I’ve continued media through to this year and without their support I wouldn’t have been able to do it at all. It’s my definitely my favourite subject and I just have such an interest in media theory. I love it.

What do you enjoy about Biology?

I like learning about the fundamentals of life and how everything comes together. I think It’s very interesting to know how your body works, in a strange way, it’s quite eye opening.  It’s challenging, but I enjoy it.

You were recently involved in a Penybont 6th Form College Governor meeting, are you interested in being able to voice your opinions on behalf of your peers?

Yes, I’m head girl, student governor and member of the school council, so I take as many opportunities as I can to be able to put my opinion forward. It’s great to be able to take the opinions of the other pupils and correlate them before feeding them back. So far we are on the road to getting some changes made within the school system. I really enjoy doing the extra curricular activities, I think it’s very beneficial to my methods of public speaking and it helps when talking in front of intimidating audiences.

You mentioned earlier that you were a Welsh representative on the Edelman Trust Barometer panel in London last year?

Yes, back in February I got an opportunity to be the Welsh representative on the Edelman Trust Barometer panel in London. Myself, my friend and Gemma, head of 6th, went to London for 2 days. I had to prep and meet other people from all over the UK to debate about topical issues for our age category. On this panel was Ed Balls (ex politician), Chaired by Gemma Carney (Radio 1 presenter) and Ed Williams (CEO of Edelman). I found meeting Ed very eye opening, it was an absolutely incredible experience and at that moment I realised media was definitely the industry I wanted to go into. Without the collaboration between Bridgend College and Penybont 6th Form College, I would never have had that experience. I am very grateful for the collaboration.

Brandon Edwards


What A Levels are you studying?

English, History and Welsh Baccalaureate.

What do you like about studying in Penybont 6th Form College?

The teachers mainly, they’re really helpful and if you’ve got a problem they’re approachable.

What are the key features you enjoy about your course?

They’re writing based, so they suit my strengths. I think I’ve done well in picking subjects I’m good at.

How do you feel the 6th Form College supports you?

Gemma (Head of 6th Form College) is always friendly and open, so you can always go and speak to her. Which is helpful when you’re struggling.

Is there anything additional you’ve experienced whilst studying at Penybont 6th Form College?

History especially, some of the things we have to study relates to law so I can integrate that into my personal statement to make that stand out.

What have you particularly enjoyed about your course?

All aspects really as they all play on my strengths, so when you’re good at something, you tend to enjoy it more.

Shannon Price


What A Levels are you studying?

Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Welsh Baccalaureate.

So tell me about Gemma (Head of 6th Form College) and how she has helped you on your course this year.

Gemma suggested the Gap Medic course which I had to work 3 jobs to pay for. I travelled out to the Dominican Republic with Gap Medics. For two weeks I shadowed doctors in third world hospitals, it was very shocking but an amazing experience to witness how they push beyond the poverty barrier. In my first week, I shadowed a doctor in the emergency department where we saw so many different cases. I was able to a part of many births in the obstetrics and gynaecology departments. But it wasn’t just a medical experience, the country had experienced a hurricane so we went out to help rebuild the houses over there. We also went on trips out to Saona Island where we got to snorkel and see starfish. We also went horseback riding in Bayahibe Bay.


Do you think your experience in Gap Medics has helped you in your learning development?

It’s so hard to get medical work experience and it is vital when applying to medical school. So it has definitely helped to enhance my personal statement. I can refer to so much of my experience and it’s a major talking point for my interviews.

What other experiences have you had whilst studying at Penybont 6th Form College?

Gemma (Head of 6th Form College) also put me forward to shadow doctors and nurses at the Glamorgan Hospital for a week. I got to watch two surgeries which were amazing and Gemma also put me forward for a GP experience in Cardiff. With all this experience, I definitely want to go into medicine.

Lillie Mai Jones


What A Levels are you studying?

Maths, Dance, History and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Is the Dance course held at Bridgend College?

Yes. The theory is here in the school and practical with Luke in the College.

Describe your experience at Bridgend College Campus?

It’s a different experience, they’ve got great facilities and a wide range of dance studios we can choose from. The quality of the drama studios are amazing. Our tutor Luke has so many contacts which means we get to meet a lot of people working within the industry.

Tell us about the trip you’ve recently been on.

We went to the P.A.R.A.D.E in the Wales Millennium Centre, which was completely different to anything we’ve ever seen before. It was amazing. It’s nice that we get to experience different inspiring dance pieces.

Are you due to perform in any shows this year?

Yes, we have a showcase this term, where Luke wants us to do a mixture of solo pieces, group pieces and duets. We started a group around two weeks ago.

Do you like studying in Penybont 6th Form?

Yes, it’s really friendly and everyone comes together, it’s a very positive atmosphere.

What would you say to anyone thinking about applying for this Dance course?

Just go for it. I think you’ll enjoy the course, I absolutely love it.

Jack Hall


What A Levels are you studying?

Media, Law, Travel and Welsh Baccalaureate.

What do you enjoy about your courses?

My courses are mainly computer based or discussion based. So I enjoy not having to write essays as it’s not one of my strong points.

What have you done this year that you’ve particularly enjoyed?

We had to create a short music video for media. This was a lot of fun and this also helped us to develop our editing skills. 

What do you enjoy about Penybont 6th Form College?

It’s a friendly 6th Form. Law was introduced into Penybont 6th Form College which is really exciting. The classes with Sara, who is a Tutor at Bridgend College, are brilliant and engaging. 

Have you had or took part in any extra opportunities this year?

We went on a creative media trip last week to City Hall in Cardiff, where we went to speak to lots of different companies like ITV and the BBC about work experience and how you can get into that industry.

Are you planning to continue your chosen subjects next year?

Yes, and I am really excited about this.

Do you feel you are supported at Penybont 6th Form College?

Yes, Gemma (Head of 6th Form College) is constantly giving us a lot of support and offers us different ways we can improve ourselves.

Josh East


What A Levels are you studying?

English, Media Studies, Drama and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Tell us about your Drama course?

Drama is a subject that has particularly helped me because of the ‘pupil teaching pupil’ scheme. So in my free periods, I’ll go and help support teaching and teach some lessons. This experience has really stood out to me, especially for when I go to University for my interviews. It has really opened up my eyes to the teaching profession and how challenging but rewarding it can be. 

What about your other subjects?

In English we are covering Shakespeare, so we get to perform a play and read novels as well.

In Media Studies we have so many opportunities to take trips, such as the creative industry days held at Bridgend College. We also went on a two day trip to Cardiff and Vale College Media and Business entrepreneurship event which was really good. They’re all such interesting subjects, you can’t get bored as you’re constantly doing something challenging and it is different every day.

Do you get more opportunities with this new partnership between Penybont 6th Form College and Bridgend College?

Yes, especially with Media Studies as we get to go down to Queens Road Campus to use the Mac suites. For pupils thinking of coming to the 6th Form College to study Media, we have got use of the school and Bridgend College’s facilities. 

Do you feel you’ve been supported as a pupil?

Yes, I think the Staff and Gemma (Head of 6th Form College) have been really supportive throughout the 2 years in 6th form, particularly for getting ready for University and helping with our UCAS applications. Also, when we first started the transition from GCSE to 6th Form I was really supported. We had sessions where we could drop in and talk about our worries which was extremely helpful.

Cerys Johnson


What A Levels are you studying?

Dance, Drama, Media and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Is there anything in particular you’ve enjoyed about studying your A Levels?

My favourite A Levels are definitely Dance and Media. Dance is a collaborative subject with Bridgend College. I really enjoy the change of scenery and it is a great opportunity that other 6th Forms don’t offer. 

What do you enjoy about your chosen subjects?

I think they push my strengths as I am a creative person rather than someone who likes writing essays all of the time.

What do you like about the partnership with Bridgend College?

They have more facilities. We went to watch a panto rehearsal which was so different to what we would do here.

How do you feel about the support you get from the 6th Form?

It’s very supportive here, especially with Gemma (Head of 6th Form College).

Have you had any extra opportunities this year?

We are involved with the school show, drama committee and our very own dance squad. We also have Prefects and School Councils for anyone to join. We also do a lot of fundraising in the 6th Form, and so far raised over £1000. We also throw pizza parties, which everyone in the 6th Form gets involved in, everyone comes together and socialises which is nice. We are quite a small 6th Form, so we have quite a community feel.

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