Admissions FAQs (Blog)

Whether you're yet to apply to study at Callywith College or you've applied and are waiting for your admissions interview, here are a few frequently asked questions to help prepare you and ease any worries you may have.

How do I apply for a course/s?

You will need to complete an online application form for September 2022 here.

Online applications are not yet available for September 2023, however, if you wish to be kept informed about when these go live and how you can apply, please register your interest HERE.

If you like the look of more than one course, you can register your interest for multiple options on the same form and decide which to pursue later on.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once we receive your application, the Principal and admissions team will look over the application, which will then be approved.

Once approved, you will receive an automated email to confirm that your application has been received successfully.

The admissions team will then contact you by email (and any next of kin stated on your application) within four weeks of us receiving your application to invite you to an admissions interview with a subject specialist. Don’t be nervous! The interview will be an informal chat so that we can get to know you, and you can ask us any questions you have about the courses or the College.

When will I be interviewed?

You will be provided with a time and date for your interview and the name of your interviewer by email. 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?

Depending on government guidelines at the time, your 30 minute interview will either take place face-to-face at Callywith College or over the phone. If you are invited to a face-to-face interview and would prefer a telephone interview, please just let us know.

If your interview is over the phone and you are going to be at school during the time we have scheduled your interview, please let your school know in advance and ensure that they are happy for you to go somewhere quiet to take the phone call on your mobile phone. If there are any issues, just let us know and we will get this rescheduled for you.

Does a parent/carer need to attend the interview?

Parents or carers can be present during 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.

How can I prepare for the interview?

If you are applying for Art or Photography courses, before your interview, please scan a portfolio or examples of your work and email to admissions@callywith.ac.uk

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. You can also find out more about some of these here.

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 in relation to your own aspirations to ensure that the two 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.

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 course/s at any time by emailing admissions@callywith.ac.uk

What happens after my interview?

Following your interview, you will receive your conditional offer of a place at the College by email from your interviewer. In order to accept or decline your place, you will need to complete and send back the attached offer, to admissions@callywith.ac.uk as soon as possible to ensure your details are included on our provisional list of next academic year’s students.

Once we receive your confirmation, we will put forward your application to be processed. We will then be able to send you future correspondence including our regular newsletter to help you to stay up-to-date and in touch throughout your College journey.

In May, we will email to check you are still happy with your course choices and to provide more information about the start of term, bus passes and bursaries.

In July, you will receive information on how to enter your results online once you have received these in August. The email will also provide you with your enrolment date and start of term dates.

If you change your mind after interview, please let us know by emailing admissions@callywith.ac.uk.

You can also keep up-to-date with everything going on at the College by following us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. or by signing up to our newsletter.

I'm worried I won't get the grades I need?

If you don’t achieve the GCSE results provided in your offer, don’t panic, we will offer you specific advice from a subject specialist to support you and discuss your options before you start in September.

What happens at my Enrolment Day?

Your Enrolment Day will take place shortly before the start of term, details on the date / time you should attend, will be emailed to you at the end of August. This important event will run for approximately one hour and 30 minutes where you will be introduced to key staff, tour the facilities, collect your student ID card and timetable and be shown how to download your bus pass. You will also need to bring a copy of your GCSE results slip.

Your Enrolment Day is a great chance to meet your tutor and to start making friends with other students on your course/s.

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

Staff will be on-hand throughout your enrolment day to answer any of your questions and make sure that you leave feeling comfortable and ready to officially begin your College journey.

College buses will not be running on Enrolment Days.

What do I need to do before Enrolment Day?

You will need to complete the following before your Enrolment Day:

Enter your results on GCSE results day. Find out more here.

Upload your photo for your student ID card.

Apply for a bus pass and bursary (if applicable) HERE.

Pay the College deposit to borrow books and resources (refundable upon completion of your course).

Read pre-enrolment resources to help you make the jump from secondary school to college.

What happens on my first day?

College buses begin running on the first day of term. The date of the first day of term will be in the letter sent to you in July. The information given to you at your Enrolment Day will confirm the room you need to attend at the start of the day.

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.

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.

When can I visit the College?

Dates for on-site open events for 2022/23 can be found here. You will have the opportunity to speak to teaching and support staff, tour the campus and discover more about the wide range of courses and additional opportunities on offer.

In the mean time, you can also visit our SUBJECT SPOTLIGHT pages to watch videos from our lecturers, take virtual 3D tours of the College, explore your learning options and download course information.

Who can I speak to for more advice?

We know that planning your next steps after school can feel daunting and we are here to help.

If you have any concerns, or are just looking for some guidance, please contact admissions@callywith.ac.uk. Please include your name and date of birth on your email and we will be happy to help you.

Advice Sessions 2022 - If you’re not sure what to do next after you have received your GCSE results, we will be holding drop-in Advice Sessions on Tuesday 30th August 2022, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm and Friday 2nd September 2022, 2:30pm - 4pm giving you the opportunity to speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff about all your options and help you plan the best route for your future. If you decide you’d like to apply for a place at Callywith College, you will also have the opportunity to be interviewed and offered a place on the day.

If you are unable to make the sessions above, please call 01208 224000 or email admissions@callywith.ac.uk and we will arrange for you to come in at a time to suit you.


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