Your Interview

Your interview will be with one of the tutors from the course that you have applied for. This is a chance for us to find out more about you, your future career aims and to make sure that the course you’ve chosen is the right one for you.  If you’ve disclosed any additional needs such as a disability or specific learning need, a member of our academic skills centre will be there to discuss how UCB can support your needs.  If you have disclosed a mental health issue or a difficulty with your health and wellbeing, a member of our Health and Wellbeing Team will be there to discuss how UCB can support your needs.

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 still at school or college, or recently left you will need to bring the following with you to your interview:

  • Year 11 report (or year 10 Report if Year 11 is not available)
  • Attendance Report
  • Work Experience Report
  • A piece of school work or an assignment

If you are a mature applicant, or left school some time ago, you will instead need to bring the following with you to your interview:

  • A reference from your previous school / college, or employer
  • Copies of your certificates 

If you have disclosed a physical or mental health disability, health condition or learning need, you will need to bring any supporting evidence of these. This may include:

  • A Medical diagnosis / letter from  GP or other health professional /medical report
  • Evidence of additional support received by a school or college
  • An Educational Psychologist Report
  • Any assessment material or paperwork e.g. for exam concessions
  • An Individual Learning Support Plan / Educational Plan
  • An SEN Statement
  • An Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Other official documentation that supports your disclosure

What if I can't attend?

If you are unable to attend your interview please contact us immediately so that we are able to reschedule a suitable date for you. If you cancel or do not attend your interview, we may contact you to discuss the issues that are preventing you from attending.

If you have changed your mind and no longer wish to study at UCB then please do let us know. 

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.

For more information regarding an offer of a place at UCB, please visit “Your Offer” page.

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 questions regarding the interview process, please contact our Admissions team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4106

By email: feadmissions@ucb.ac.uk

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