Your College Interview

Don’t be nervous about attending an interview for your College course – here is all the information you need about what to expect when you arrive.

At Buckinghamshire College Group we understand that for many of our applicants this will be their first academic interview or their first interview for some time. The information here is to give you an overview of what to expect and what you may need to prepare for your interview. 

After you have submitted your application online one of the Admissions Team will get in touch to discuss the next steps of your application and to arrange an interview date. You will then be emailed a confirmation of the date and time of your interview and any special requirements.

The below information is intended as a guide, the format of the interview may be slightly different depending on the course.

Full-time

All of our full time courses require an interview.

Your interview will last approximately 1 hour and will be a one to one with the course tutor, they will explain the details of the course, what will be required from you as a student, life at the college and will also want to get to know you and why you want to do the course. Be ready to talk about you!

Depending on which course you've applied for, you may be asked to attend an audition, show us a portfolio or take part in a workshop as part of the application process. If this is the case we will inform you in advance.  

At the end of your interview the tutor will explain the next steps to you and hopefully that will result in an offer on your chosen course. You may be invited to attend a further practical session at a later date. Alternatively we might ask you to have a chat with our Admisisons Team about a more suitable course. 

Part-time

Some of our online and short part time courses do not require an interview. After submitting your application form the Admissions Team will let you know if you require an interview for your chosen part-time course and if there is anything you need to prepare.

Foundation Degrees

If you have applied for a Foundation Degree in Early Years, Education Practice or Working with Children and Young people your interview will include:

A one-to-one interview to discuss career aspirations, current working practices and preparation for Higher Education.
A short paper-based numeracy assessment (10 questions).
A hand-written short answer paper, based on a written piece that will be sent to you when your interview is booked.

Apprenticeships

If you have a job and an employer who is willing to support you through your Apprenticeship then an Assessor will come to visit you in your workplace for your interview.

If you do not have a job secured for your Apprenticeship then you will be advised by the Admissions Team to interview for one of our full time courses, if you manage to get a job before enrolment then you could be transferred onto an Apprenticeship programme.

Offers

There are two types of offers: Conditional and Unconditional.

A conditional offer means that there a few things that you still have to meet before enrolling on the course; these might be a satisfactory reference, achieving certain exam results or the outcome of a practical assessment.

If you are given an unconditional offer the next steps will be an invitation to enrol on your chosen course.

After you have received your offer you need to log back into your application account as a returning user and either accept or reject your offer.

Additional Support

We can provide support at interview for Autism, Asperger’s, a physical or a sensory need.

For any other requirement, please contact the Learning Support Team, you can find the details on our Contact Us page. 

Can't Attend

Please contact the Admissions Team as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your interview and they will offer an alternative. If you miss several interviews without contacting the Admissions Team your application may be closed. You can find the contact details for our Admissions Team on our Contact Us page. 

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