Your Interview

It’s important the course you’ve chosen is the right one for you. Your interview will be with one of our tutors and is a chance for us to find out more about you and your future career aims. If you’ve mentioned that you have specific learning needs or require additional support a member of our learning support staff will be there to discuss this with you.

Booking your interview

Once you’ve applied you will be sent an email with a link to our online interview booking form. You’ll just need to add your details and choose the date most convenient for you.

Confirmation of your interview date and time

We will send you an email to confirm your appointment. You will also receive a text reminder the day before your interview.

What will I need to bring with me?

If you are currently at school or college or recently left you will need to bring the following:

  • Copies of qualifications you have already achieved
  • A recent school report or college report
  • Work experience report
  • A piece of school work/assignment
  • Details of any additional support or assistance you may have had at school or college

If you are a mature applicant or left school some time ago you will need to bring:

  • A reference from your previous school or college or from an employer
  • Copies of your qualifications

What if I can't attend?

Please contact us immediately if you can’t attend and we can reschedule the interview. If you’ve changed your mind and don’t intend to come, please let us know. If you cancel several appointments we may contact you to discuss the issues that are preventing you from attending.

What will happen at the interview?

We realise this might be your first interview so we keep it as informal as possible.

On arrival you will be met by one of our friendly Student Ambassadors who will be with you throughout your visit. You will have a tour of our student facilities and those relevant to your course, followed by a presentation from one of our tutors.  

After the course presentation you will have an interview with a tutor. We will look at the report or reference and any qualifications or other documents you have brought and will discuss these with you. Year 11 school leavers may be asked about attendance and behaviour at school, predicted grades, future career aims and why they have chosen the course. We will also discuss any additional support you may need. You can also ask us any questions you might have about the course.

After your interview you will take a short assessment of your maths and English skills. Students who do not achieve a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or above in maths and English will be given the opportunity to take GCSE maths and English or functional skills alongside their course. You will have one hour to complete the assessment. If you do not finish the assessment within the time allowed please do not worry. It is not an entrance test and the result will not impact on your offer of a place. 

When will I know if I have a place?

We aim to confirm on the day of your interview if possible, with an official offer letter sent to you by email within 7 days. Sometimes, if we need more information, it may take a little longer. Your offer may be unconditional (definite) or conditional (subject to GCSEs or a reference or school report). Your offer letter will explain the conditions of your offer.

What happens if I am not offered a place?

If we are unable to offer you a place we will let you know as soon as possible after your interview. We are happy to provide feedback and careers advice to help you succeed in the future.

If you have any queries, please contact Emma Penlington:

By telephone: 0121 232 4106

By email: