Your Interview

It’s important the course you’ve chosen is the right one for you. The 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.

Confirmation of your interview date and time

We will send you a letter or email to confirm your appointment. We will do this within 10 days of receipt of your application, although there are occasions when it may take longer.

What will I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring the following:

  • Copies of qualifications you have already achieved
  • A recent school report if you are a school or college leaver, or if you are a mature applicant a reference from an employer or previous college tutor
  • Details of any support or assistance you may have had at school or college

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 inform us so we can give the appointment to someone else. If you cancel several appointments we will 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. The tutor will look at the report or reference and any qualifications 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 ask any questions you may have about the course.

We will ask you to take a short assessment of your maths and English skills. Students who do not achieve a GCSE 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.

When will I know if I have a place?

We aim to confirm on the day of your interview if possible, with an official confirmation letter 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 by letter 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: