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 or Apprenticeship courses.

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

Tracy Triggs, FE Admissions Officer and Admin Manager

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 the Admissions Officer 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 interview and an email from the Admissions Team with details of how to prepare for your interview and other helpful College information. All students are offered a face-to-face interview in the first instance, but if that is inconvenient then it is possible to change your interview date or have your interview over the phone. If you wish to make a change to your interview, please contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible so that we can make the changes required and notify your interviewer.

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 you 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 approximately 10 days before your interview 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 your 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 penwithadmissions@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.

We’ll keep in touch over the summer

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

At the end of July, you will receive further communication that will tell you when your Induction Day is going to take place and details of how to register your GCSE Results 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 Session to support you and discuss your options before you start in September. 

Induction Day

Your Induction Day will take place at the end of 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 have your timetable. 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, but we are here to answer your questions.  

If you have any concerns about the whereabouts of your application, please contact enquiry@truro-penwith.ac.uk for Truro College or penwithadmissions@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. 

Please note that some details on this page are subject to change in line with government covid guidelines. The best way to keep up to date is to follow us on our social media where we post all the latest College news and changes.

If you haven't applied

We can’t wait to welcome you to the College at one of our 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: