How to prepare for your college interview

Once your application is all sent off, you will be asked to come in to the College for an interview. We know that you may find your interview a daunting prospect but there really is nothing to worry about. We’ve put some information together to help put your mind at ease.

What to expect

Don’t let the title of this blog scare you off. While it’s called an interview, it’s really just a chance for us to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us better. You’ll have a chat with a member of staff to make sure the options you’ve selected are right for you and you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have.

What you should bring

While it’s not necessary, bringing along your Year 11 School Report, Record of Achievement or Progress File, Career Action Plan or Certificates of Achievement/Attendance can help us get a clearer sense of your education so far.

If you’ve applied for a creative subject such as art, bringing along a sketchbook is a great way for us to get an idea of your interests in certain subject areas.

What you’ll be asked

We want to make sure you are happy with your choices and that they will be the right ones for you. In order to find out more, we’ll ask you about:

  • The research you have carried out about your chosen courses
  • Your reasons for applying
  • What interests you about the courses you have applied for
  • What you enjoy about school, what went well and what didn’t go so well
  • Your extra-curricular activities, positions of responsibility, hobbies, interests, part-time jobs, clubs and societies
  • Work experience
  • How you did in your mock or exam trials
What are we looking for

We want to see how interested you are in the course you have applied for. We want to see a positive attitude that indicates you will be a committed student that will be motivated to work hard. We want to make sure you’ve chosen a course that will help you achieve your career goals. In this sense, we want to see that you have researched your options carefully by speaking to lecturing staff and going through the course pages on the website. Not to worry if you haven’t spoken to staff, you can always come along to one of our Open Events where staff will be on-hand to talk to you about their subjects.

Extra advice

To make sure you’re as relaxed as possible during your interview, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and importantly, just be yourself. We look forward to meeting you.