I’ve applied… What happens next?

Tracy Triggs, FE Admissions Officer and Admin Manager is here to help you understand what happens after you have submitted your application for full-time 16-18 courses.

Head and shoulder shot of Tracy Triggs, FE Admissions Officer and Admn Manager

Tracy Triggs, FE Admissions Officer and Admin Manager

If you have applied for an Apprenticeship the process will be different. Check out the Apprenticeship area of our website for information and contact the Apprenticeship team for help: apprenticeships@truro-penwith.ac.uk or 01872 305500. 

Your application review, interview and College offer

The admissions team will receive your application and send back an automated email to let you know it has been received successfully. 

Your application is then passed to a member of the College’s senior management team (SMT) for review, before going to the relevant programme team leader (PTL) who will assign you an interviewer from their subject area.  

At this stage you will receive a second automated email with the date and time of your telephone interview with details of how to prepare and another email from the admissions team with a leaflet containing helpful College information. 

Due to current circumstances all interviews are being held over the phone, we will ring you on the mobile number you provided on your application, at the arranged date and time. 

The time it takes for your interview date to be confirmed will vary based on the courses you have chosen. A few weeks may pass before your hear from us but rest assured all course areas allow plenty of time and will arrange your interview as soon as they can. Interviews will continue throughout the summer term and you will usually receive details 10 days before your intervew date.

Your interview is a chance for us to get to know you and talk about your course choices. Your interviewer will make you feel at ease and check you are happy with your course choice(s). It is likely that your interviewer will be a lecturer or the PTL from your chosen subject area. 

They will be looking for you to have an interest in the course(s) you have applied for, chat to you about your predicted GCSE grades and discuss the grades needed to study your chosen course(s). 

If you were unsure of you course choices when you applied, changes can be discussed at your interview. Alternatively, you can request to change your course(s) at any time by contacting enquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Truro College or penwithenquiries@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Penwith College. We will check with the relevant PTL and get back to you when the change has been confirmed.  

After your interview, you will receive an email containing your offer to study at the College and any grades that we’d like you to achieve at GCSE. You should reply to this email, stating that you accept the offer within two weeks of your interview date. 

We’ll keep in touch over the summer

We’ll keep in touch with you throughout the summer term. You will receive an email letter from us in May containing information on academies and College bus passes, with details of how to apply for both of these.  

At the end of July you will be emailed another letter that will tell you when your Induction Day is going to take place. This email will also include a phone number and your arranged timeslot to call us on GCSE Results Day to confirm your results.  

You must call us on Results Day to confirm your place at the College. If you don’t achieve the GCSE results given in your offer don’t panic, we will invite you to an Advice Day to support you and discuss your options before you start in September. 

Induction Day

Your Induction Day will take place in August. It is a great chance to meet your tutor and to start making friends with other students on your course(s). It usually lasts two to three hours. 

You will be taken on a tour of the campus, visiting areas that you will use regularly including the College Shop, refectories and canteens, Student Services, study areas and some of your teaching rooms. 

You will also receive an information sheet that tells you what room you need to go to on your first day.  

Staff will be on hand throughout the induction to answer any of your questions and make sure that you leave feeling comfortable and ready to officially begin your Truro and Penwith College journey. 

Your first day

You will start your day with your tutor group.  

Your tutor will help you to collect your timetable and bus pass if you have applied for one. The information given to you at your Induction Day will confirm the room you need to attend for this session and information on any deposits you need to bring with you for learning resources and lockers.  

Tutor group lessons will occur regularly on your timetable and along with all College staff your tutor will be there to support you throughout your College journey. 

If you need to refresh your memory ahead of your first day, remember you can take a virtual 3D tour of the College online from the comfort of your own home: 

Tour Truro College

Tour Penwith College

After your morning break you will begin to follow your timetable. We will have members of staff and student ambassadors on hand across College for the first few days to help point you in the right direction if you need it. 

We’re here to help

We know that planning your next steps after school can feel daunting and while you can’t physically visit the College at this time we are still here to help.  

If you have any concerns about the whereabouts of your application, please contact enquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Truro College or penwithenquiries@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Penwith College. Please include your name and date of birth on your email and we will be happy to check the progress of your application for you. 

If you haven't applied

We can’t wait to welcome you to the College as soon as circumstances allow us to hold our traditional Open Events.  

Until then you can visit us virtually to watch Subject Spotlight videos from our tutors, take virtual 3D tours of the College, explore your learning options, download course information and apply online. 

This easy step-by-step video will also help with guidance on How to Apply and start your journey with Truro and Penwith College.  

How to Apply: