Admissions Interviews FAQs (Blog)

You’ve applied to study at Callywith College, now it’s time for the interview. But don’t panic! Here are a few frequently asked questions to prepare you and ease any worries you may have.

When will I be interviewed?
We will send you an acknowledgement card to let you know that we have received your application. You will then be sent an invitation to an interview by post within four weeks of us receiving your application. This will provide you with a time and date for your interview and who your interviewer will be. Interviews take place at different times for everyone; this is because each application is looked at and assessed individually, so don’t panic if your friend has an interview date sent to them before you do - you haven’t been forgotten!

Where will the interview take place?
The interview will take place at Callywith College and will last approximately half an hour. Please report to Temple Reception a little before your interview time to let them know you are here and to have your photo taken for your student ID card.

Does a parent/carer need to attend?
Parents or carers can attend your interview if you wish, but if you prefer not to be joined by anyone, that’s also perfectly fine, it’s completely up to you.

Do I need to bring anything?
If available, you will need to bring your progress file, most recent school report and exam certificates for any grades already achieved along to your interview. If you are applying for Art and Design or Photography courses, you will also need to bring a portfolio or examples of your work. In addition to this, please bring the letter you received in the post inviting you to the interview with you too.

What do I wear to the interview?
Wear something appropriate that you feel comfortable in. There’s no need to dress too formally.

How can I prepare for the interview?
Make sure you bring everything that is required with you and plan plenty of time to get to your interview. Directions to the College can be found on your interview invitation or here.

It might also be helpful to think about any questions you might like to ask your interviewer, for example, something that you just want to double check or follow up from an Open Day, or for more information on the extra-curricular activities that you could get involved in alongside your main studies, such as an academy or Duke of Edinburgh Award. Your interviewer will be happy to answer any queries you have.

What questions will I be asked at the interview?
Your interview is not a test, it’s more of an informal chat that provides a chance for you to discuss your plans for your future, both in and beyond education. You will be asked what course[s] you are planning on studying and why, about your career aspirations, as well as your personal interests and hobbies. Your course choices will then be looked at relative to your own aspirations to ensure that the two things match up well. You will also be asked about any learning support you may require when starting college.

When both you and your interviewer are happy and everything has been discussed, you will be given the course entry requirements and a course offer card which is to be returned to the College. You are able to do this on the day, or within two weeks of your interview.

Can I change my mind on courses after my interview?
You aren’t committed to the course choices you make at your interview, this is an opportunity to talk through your options and make sure you are happy with the choices you have made, but you can let us know if you want to change your courses at any time.

What happens after my interview?
After your interview we will keep in touch with a monthly newsletter with the latest news updates, social media highlights, tips and advice and dates for your diary. In May we will send you a letter to check you are still happy with your course choices and to provide more information on the College, including bus passes and bursaries. In July, once all examinations have taken place you will be sent a letter providing you with a date and time to call us with your results once you have received these in August. The letter will also provide you with your induction dates and term dates.