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?

Online applications for September 2023 are now live here.

A video on how to use the online application system can be found here.

When registering your account, please use your personal email rather than a school email where possible - this ensures you continue to receive correspondence from us after you have left school. You will be sent a verification code by email to allow you to progress with your application.

Whilst there is no deadline for applications, places are first come, first served, so we recommend submitting your application sooner rather than later.

I don’t know what courses I want to apply for yet?

If you like the look of more than one course, you can apply for multiple options on the same form and decide which to pursue at interview. Our Open Events also provide an opportunity to speak with subject staff to find out more about the variety of courses on offer. You can also find out more about the wide variety of courses on offer on our subject spotlight pages.

I don’t know all my predicted grades for the application?

If you are unsure of your predicted grades, please state the grades you are aiming to achieve, this is to give your interviewer an idea of the grades you are likely to achieve before your interview so they can help you decide on the best course options for you.

Where can I find out what grades I need?

You can use the ‘browse courses’ option at www.callywith.ac.uk to view course information including the entry requirements.

What happens after I submit my application?

Once you have submitted your applicatIon, your status will appear as ‘pending review’ and you will receive an automated email to confirm your application has been received. You can view the journey of your application at any time via the College application portal.

Once your application has been checked by our admissions team, you will receive an email asking you to choose your interview date and time with your specialist interviewer. Confirmation of your selected appointment will be sent to you by email.

Where will the interview take place?

Your 30-minute interview will take place at Callywith College.

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, please bring your portfolio or examples of your work. It might also be helpful to think about any questions you’d like to ask your interviewer, for example, more information on the extra-curricular activities available 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 after your interview by emailing admissions@callywith.ac.uk

What happens after my interview?

Following your interview, the details of your offer will be sent to you by email.

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.

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 OnCourse newsletter.

What if I don't get the grades I was expecting?

If you don’t achieve the GCSE results provided in your offer, don’t panic. You will be asked to attend an advice session to discuss whether pursuing your selected course is the right choice for you, or if another course might suit you better in light of your recent results.

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 online on GCSE results day.

Upload you photo for your student ID card.

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

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.

More information will be sent to you in May and July.

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 email 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. You wil also have the opportunity to attend a Freshers Fair to discover more about the extra-curricular opportunities on offer at college.

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.

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